Phoenix Business Journal: ​Flint’s water problem and the dangers of ignoring science

The first “opinion” piece for the TechFlash blog of the Phoenix Business Journal. My thoughts on how the trend of ignoring science is harmful: “Flint’s water problem and the dangers of ignoring science“

Phoenix Business Journal: The real reason 3D printing is important

In all the hoopla around 3D Printing the real reason why it is important often gets lost. Check out this article to learn “The real reason 3D printing is important” to wrap your head around the long term impact of this key technology. PB

Phoenix Business Journal: ​How to close business deals faster

After some end of year reflection we hit upon a key factor that constantly let us close business deals faster. We share the key driver in the PBJ’s Phoenix Business Blog with the to-the-point title of “How to close business deals faster“

10x with ANSYS 17.0 – Get an Order of Magnitude Impact

The ANSYS 17.0 release improves the impact of driving design with simulation by a factor of 10.  This 10x  jump is across physics and delivers real step-change enhancements in how simulation is done or the improvements that can be realized in products. Unless you were disconnected from the simulation world last week you should be aware of […]

Additive Manufacturing – Back to the Future!

Most histories of Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) trace the origins of the technology back to Charles Hull’s 1984 patent, the same year production began on the first of the Back to the Future movies. Which is something of a shock when you see 3D printing dotting the Gartner Hype Cycle like it was invented in the […]

Phoenix Business Journal: Build and bust is so 20th century: How to develop better products with simulation

For this week’s contribution to the PBJ’s TechFlash blog I cover something that is near and dear to PADT – the replacement of testing with simulation, or virtual prototyping.  Learn why “Build and Bust is so 20th Century“

And the Best Conference Award Goes To …..

At PADT, we’re as big of a fan as anyone of the cool, trendy software and IT companies that run up billion dollar valuations in Silicon Valley and keep us all entertained and productive with their latest apps and platforms. But as an engineering product and services company, we’re hardware geeks at heart and one […]

Phoenix Business Journal: My cat didn’t preheat the oven – Is your company ready for the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is growing every day.  This article starts with an encounter at the grocery store that leads to an explanation of what the IoT is and what your company should be doing to make sure you take advantage of this exciting change in how everything around us will work. Check […]

AZ Tech Beat Video: Tips on Building an Investor-Worthy Prototype

Have an idea for a product and feel like you need a prototype.Tishin Donkersley  from the Arizona Tech Beat asked me over to their offices to do a short interview and share some pointers on the subject.  Take a look at the result here. I talk about trends in the 3D Printing world that impact startups […]

Key Process Phenomena in the Laser Fusion of Metals

Metal 3D printing involves a combination of complex interacting phenomena at a range of length and time scales. In this blog post, I discuss three of these that lie at the core of the laser fusion of metals: phase changes, residual stresses and solidification structure (see Figure 1). I describe each phenomenon briefly and then why understanding it matters. In future posts I […]

ASME OMAE2015 Paper: The Importance of Grid Convergence Studies in the Design of a Semi-Submersible Platform

Vibration induced by vortices in off shore oil rigs are a significant area of concern, and understanding them is a major area of research. In this paper, PADT’s Clinton Smith, PhD, and Tyler Smith are joined by Lubeena Rahumathulla from ANSYS, Inc. to describe how they used ANSYS FLUENT to model this situation. Get the paper […]

Webinar: PADT Answers your Questions on Metal 3D Printing

Direct Laser Melting systems have made fantastic improvements in the last five years or so, making 3D Printing of metal parts a reality.  The accuracy and strength of the finished parts rivals cast parts in the same material, but with the advantages of Freeform Fabrication.  In fact, everywhere we go, people have questions about Metal […]

ANSYS, Inc. Launches New Magazine, Dimensions

There are so many aspects to numerical simulation worth talking about these days, and a lot of resources to get that information.  Applications, theory, how-to, and where it fits into the business of making stuff. Here on The Focus we tend to concentrate on practical hot-to things, and the ANSYS Advantage magazine has focused on […]

Phoenix Business Journal: ​One piece of advice every new company should know

As our inaugural contribution to the Phoenix Business Blog I wrote an article relating a huge lesson we learned when we started PADT. “One piece of advice every new company should know” is… well you have to read the article.

Constitutive Modeling of 3D Printed FDM Parts: Part 2 (Approaches)

In part 1 of this two-part post, I reviewed the challenges in the constitutive modeling of 3D printed parts using the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process. In this second part, I discuss some of the approaches that may be used to enable analyses of FDM parts even in presence of these challenges. I present them […]