10 Useful New Features in ANSYS Mechanical 16.0

PADT is excited about the plethora of new features in release 16.0 of ANSYS products.  After sorting through the list of new features in Mechanical, here are 10 enhancements that we found to be particularly useful for general applications. 1: Mesh Display Style This new option in the details view for the mesh branch makes […]

PADT’s ANSYS Sales Team Celebrates Sales Record for 2014

2014 was both a challenging and rewarding year at PADT. One area of the company that achieved success last year was the ANSYS Sales team.  Lead by Bob Calvin, our account  managers Oren Raz and Patrick Barnett worked with the support of our technical team  throughout the year to help our customers find the right solution for their simulation […]

Quick Tip: Concatenating Text Files Using ANSYS Mechanical APDL

So you have text output from some ANSYS analysis and you wish you could just do this: cat lift.txt  cop.txt drag.txt >> results.txt and you are writing an ANSYS macro and want it to run on all platforms.  The following macro will use APDL commands to join the files together.  macro1.mac /inquire,linesin1,lines,lift,txt *sread,str1array,lift,txt,,80,,linesin1 /inquire,linesin2,lines,cop,txt *sread,str2array,cop,txt,,80,,linesin2 […]

Seminar Info: Designing and Simulating Products for 3D Printing

Note: We have scheduled an encore Lunch & Learn and companion Webinar for March 23, 2015.  Please register here to attend in person at CEI in Phoenix or here to attend via the web. People are interested in how to better do design and simulation for products they manufacture using 3D Printing.  When the AZ Tech […]

The Full Power of SpaceClaim Engineer – Now Available from PADT

We have been using SpaceClaim with ANSYS Workbench for about four years now, and we always liked it. Then it came as part of the Geomagic Spark tool and we got more excited.  This was a powerful geometry creation, editing, and reapir tool that was saving us time all across PADT.  The, when ANSYS, Inc. […]

Deflategate Update: ANSYS Simulation Shows it Really Does not Make a Difference.

There is still more debate going on about the deflated footballs that the New England Patriots used in their playoff game. "Who Deflated Them? When? Were they acting on orders?"  But no one is asking if it makes a real difference. Enter ANSYS simulation software. Using the newest ANSYS product, ANSYS AIM, the engineers at ANSYS, Inc. […]

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 […]