Ovid: A Teaching Tool for 3D Printing

Meet Ovid.  He is a very simple character that we use to explain 3D Printing to kids. Explaining how 3D Printing works to anyone without a technical background can be tough. To help out PADT has created a collection of resources that shows how it is done, including a hands on model for younger kids, that feature Ovid […]

MD+DI: 3-D Printing Applications Changing Healthcare

3-D Printing is having a significant impact on healthcare technology. In “3-D Printing Applications Changing Healthcare” PADT’s Dhruv Bhate gives real world examples of how this technology is enabling never-before-seen breakthroughs.  

Phoenix Business Journal: 5 reasons why nerds celebrate Pi Day

Have you heard? It’s Pi Day! This post, “5 reasons why nerds celebrate Pi Day” shares the reasons why those of us in the know like Pi day so much.

New Tricks for an Old Dog: Eric Learns ANSYS SpaceClaim – Post 1

Thirty-one.  That is the number of years that I have been using CAD software. CADAM was the tool, 1985 was the year.  As some of our engineers like to point out, they were not even born then. Twenty-one. that is the number of years that I have been using SolidEdge.  This classifies me as an […]

Phoenix Business Journal: 6 tips for conducting a technical meeting over the Internet

Online meeting are great.  Sharing your work in real time with others makes a huge difference. In “6 tips for conducting a technical meeting over the Internet” we share advice on how to make those online meeting even more productive.

Keypad Shortcuts for Quick Views in Workbench

Hey, did you know that you can access predefined views in both ANSYS Mechanical and DesignModeler using your numeric keypad? You can! Assuming the front view is looking down the +Z-axis at the X-Y plane, here are the various views you can access via your numeric keypad. For this to work, make sure you’ve clicked […]

Phoenix Business Journal: ​Finding hope at a technology open house

Sometimes you hold an event as a way to educate the community, and then it comes back and educates you. This posting “​Finding hope at a technology open house” shares what we learned at our SciTech Festival open house this year.

Support Design and Removal for 3D Printed ULTEM-9085 (Case Study: Intake Manifold)

ULTEM-9085 is one of my favorite materials to 3D-print: one of the reasons is it is a high performance polymer that can and has been used for end part manufacturing (see my blog post about ULTEM in functional aerospace parts), but the other is because it is a demanding material to print, in ways that […]

Phoenix Business Journal: ​For tech companies, ‘green’ is all about efficiency, stupid

Engineers see the serious problems of climate change, lost habitat, pollution, and sustainability differently. This article, “For tech companies, ‘green’ is all about efficiency, stupid” is about how tech companies need to ignore the rhetoric and noise and focus on using science to produce solutions.

Kids, Pizza, Engineering – A Fantastic SciTech Festival Open House at PADT

We thought we would open PADT’s doors to families and maybe a few people would stop by. Over 250 people did just that.  What a great evening of smiling kids and adults enjoying the excitement of engineering.  Exciting engineering? Yes, we know enough to not talk about quality system protocols, matrix inversions, and non-linear turbulence […]

Reading ANSYS Mechanical Result Files (.RST) from C/C++ (Part 3)

In the last post of this series I illustrated how I handled the nested call structure of the procedural interface to ANSYS’ BinLib routines.  If you recall, any time you need to extract some information from an ANSYS result file, you have to bracket the function call that extracts the information with a *Begin and […]

Phoenix Business Journal: When did starting a new company become about funding?

Raising money is critical, but at some point it became what startups were about. In “When did starting a new company become about funding?” I take a look at this phenomenon and offer some reasons why we should focus more on the product or service.

Reading ANSYS Mechanical Result Files (.RST) from C/C++ (Part 2)

In the last post in this series I illustrated how you can interface C code with FORTRAN code so that it is possible to use the ANSYS, Inc. BinLib routines to read data off of an ANSYS result file within a C or C++ program.  If you recall, the routines in BinLib are written in […]