3D Printing to Combat Deflategate

In honor of the big game this weekend the folks at Stratasys scored big time with a 3D printed football. Stratasys has had a history of using 3D printing to improve on a variety of sports; however this time they out did themselves by possibly solving the infamous issue of deflategate. Since the Ideal Gas Law doesn't exactly explain it, maybe 3D […]

Donny Don’t – Remote Objects

Nothing like a good ‘ol fashion Simpson’s reference.  I’m trying to start a new series of articles that address common mistakes and things to avoid, and what better reference than when Bart ‘joined’ the Junior Campers and found out he might get a knife out of the deal.  For this first article, let’s talk about […]

3D Printing Saves Money at Hill Air Force Base in Utah

We had the pleasure of working with Hill Air Force Base in Utah to implement a Rapid Prototyping or 3D printing solution using Stratasys’ Fortus 900.  Since implementing the machine, they have seen some enormous money and time cost savings without compromising quality. The printer at Hill AFB is used for a variety of applications from […]

Thermal Submodeling in ANSYS Workbench Mechanical 15.0

If you've been following The Focus for a long time, you may recall my prior article about submodeling using ANSYS Mechanical APDL, which was a 'sub' model of a submarine.  The article, from 2006, begins on page 2 at this link: Also, Eric Miller here at PADT wrote a Focus blog entry on the new-at-14.5 […]

Turkey, Team Building, and Spaghetti Towers: PADT’s Turkey Bowl 2014

[EDITOR’S NOTE:  This was written some time ago and was set to automatically go out. But I just found it stuck in the “pending” folder.  So late, but here it is]   It has been a great 20th anniversary year for PADT.  And we decided to close it out with some fun.  Now, if you […]

The Real Revolution in 3D Printing: It’s Normal

Reading through my email this morning I saw an update from the "maker" site Instructables and I glanced at it quickly: "floating bed, how to make a sword, that's cool, 3D printable printer, folding chair charcoal forge, what?, parachord hammer holder, just buy one, duh, blah, blah, blah how do people have time for this… wait, […]

Customer in the News: Soitec Sets Record for Solar Cell Efficiency at 46%

We noticed that customer and neighbor Soitec Phoenix Labs had a great writeup in the AZ Republic. Their substrate technology was used to make a multijunction solar cell for use with conentrated solar, delivering an amazing 46% efficiency. The standard right now in the mid to low 20% for single junction, the most common technology available. […]

Press Release: Dedicated 3D Scanning Added to Round Out PADT’s Scanning Solutions

PADT has been offering 3D Scanning solutions for some time. Over time the company has added the sale of 3D Scanning hardware and software, training for 3D Scaning, and limited 3D Scanning services.  With the addition of a full time scanning engineer, PADT is now able to offer deciated scanning servcies to our customers. Ademola […]

Serial and Parallel ANSYS Mechanical APDL Simulations

There are times when you want to study the effects of varying parameters.  If you have an existing MAPDL script that is parameterized, the following procedure will allow you to easily run many variations in an organized manner.  Let’s assume a parameterized MAPDL macro called build_solve that does something you want to simulate many times […]

ANSYS 2015 Hall of Fame Announced – Los Alamos National Labs and SynCardia Models are Finalists

Every year for a while now ANSYS, Inc. has chosen models made by users of the ANSYS software tools for their Hall of Fame.  This year had some very cool models across CFD, Structural, and Electromagnetic – including some great Multiphysics applications. Visit the ANSYS website to see all the winners here. The three commercial […]

ANSYS Icepak: Diverging Residuals, Find and Fix the Problem!

Over the past week I have found myself dealing with a stubborn natural convection ANSYS Icepak model with convergence plots that would have been more aptly named divergence plots that looked like this: In this post I’m going to show you the process I went through to find and fix my problem. First, a few […]

Christmas Right-Left Gift Exchange Story: Fairy Tale Style

For our Christmas parties at PADT we generally have over 40 employees so a traditional secret Santa gift exchange takes to long. So a couple of years ago we downloaded a right-left gift exchange story from the internet and it was a big hit. We ran out of stories on the internet, so we started […]

Configuring Laptop “Switchable” Graphics for ANSYS Applications

A lot of laptops these days come with “switchable” graphics.  The idea is that you have a lower capability but also lower power consuming ‘basic’ graphics device in addition to a higher performing but higher power demand graphics device.  By only using the higher performance graphics device when it’s needed, you can maximize the use […]

Getting to know ANSYS – SIwave

This video is an introduction to ANSYS SIwave – an analysis tool for Integrated Circuits and PCBs

In Memoriam: Dr. Mark Johnson

It is with incredible sadness that we must inform you that our friend and co-owner of PADT, Mark Johnson, passed away on November 25th from complications due to melanoma. He was with his wife, resting comfortably when he left us. This is a huge loss to anyone that ever knew Mark. He joined PADT in the […]