PADT Opens Utah Office

It is now official: PADT has an office in the Salt Lake City area, second after the class A office space in Austin, TX.  Last week we signed a lease for a space at 5282 S Commerce Dr in Murray, Utah.  We have been looking for a while and when this location opened up we felt it was located […]

Spreading the Word on 3D Printing at 3 Events in 3 States this Month

PADT has been asked to share our expertise in 3D Printing at three different events in the month of September.  We look forward to the opportunity to talk about how additive manufacturing is being used today, and how it can be used in the future.   September 11, 2014 – Salt Lake City, UtahUtah Manufacturers Association […]

Learn Linux on edX

The balance of Linux vs. Windows for simulation users is always in flux. For some time it was predicted that Windows would win the battle but in recent years Linux has made a resurgence, especially on clusters and in the cloud.  We strongly recommend that ANSYS users who want to be power users gain a good […]

AZ Commerce Authority and Tech Council Announce Innovation Award Finalists

The  Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Technology Council  named the winners and finalists today for the 11th annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) awards.  You can read about it at the Phoenix Business Journal.  As always, a great list of finalists and winners. We were once again pleased to see a tow PADT customers in the list: SynCardia Systems […]

Using Probes to Obtain Contact Forces in ANSYS Mechanical

Recently we have had a few questions on obtaining contact results in ANSYS Mechanical. A lot of contact results can be accessed using the Contact Tool, but to obtain contact forces we use Probes. Since not everyone is familiar with how it’s done, we’ll explain the basics here. Below is a screen shot of a Mechanical model involving […]

Video Tips: Using ACT to change Default Settings in ANSYS Mechanical

A short video showing how ACT (ANSYS Customization Toolkit) can be used to change Default Settings for analyses done in ANSYS Mechanical.  This is a very small subset of the capabilities that ACT can provide.  Stay tuned for other videos showing further customization examples. The example .xml and python file is located below.  Please bear […]

3D Printing Stained Glass: A Flower Grows One Layer at a Time

I never thought I would be making my own decorative stained glass object d’art.- I’m not a craft person.  Fortunately I do have access to great software and some awesome 3D Printers. That is why I should challenge myself when our team let me know that our Stratasys Object500 Connex3 system had been loaded with a […]

Scanning Helps Pediatric Heart Surgeon Make Implant Choices

The week we had the opportunity to help a surgeon make better decisions for their pediatric heart patient.  Dr Stephen Paphal from the Phoenix Children’s Heart Center had a young patient that needed a ventricular assist device. He could implant a device that they knew would fit in the patient, but they also had an alternative, larger device that performs better. […]

PADT Presents 3DPAZ Contest and FIRST Robotics Grant

PADT has always been a proud supporter of STEM education in our community.  This summer we have been busy planning some new activities to help support local schools.  Today we are busy attending the Innovation Arizona Summit which is a joint collaborative of the Arizona SciTech Festival, the MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix and the Arizona […]

Signs of Building Momentum Underscore 2014 AZ Tech Council CEO Retreat

When you get an invite for a “CEO Retreat” the word boondoggle tends to come to mind.  But this is Arizona and we like to have fun here, but we are also a very practical and hard working people, so even a retreat in Sedona is a value added experience.  Hosted by the great staff of the Arizona […]

3D Printed Quill Pen for GISHWHES 2014 Scavenger Hunt

Sometimes you get strange messages on Facebook.  This weekend I heard a beep and checked my phone “Can you 3D Print a Quill Pen?”  Most messages involve asking me why I posted something stupid or annoying, so this one caught my attention.  Turns out my friend Chelsea is taking part in the 2014 “GREATEST INTERNATIONAL SCAVENGER […]

Talking About 3D Printing on Talk Radio

With the increase of interest in 3D Printing from the general public, PADT has been asked to speak about the technology over several different forms of media. The local Phoenix TV stations were kind enough to come in and learn about the technology, including a great interview on the local PBS station.  We have been […]

Build the “Right” Product

Successful product commercialization is achieved when the product development process is integrated with customer development and is executed by an experienced team and organized by an effective process. At PADT we have spent the last 20 years building our team, establishing our infrastructure, and honing our processes. One of the key processes that strongly affect […]

Throwback Thursday: 3D Printing on “Good Morning America” in 1989

Note: This post is not displaying correctly, here is a link to the video:http://youtu.be/NpRDuJ5YgoQ Take a look at this science segment that Jeff Strain found on Stereolithography from 1989.  If you ignore the hair styles (Joan Lunden rocked that helmet hair) the report isn’t that much different from news coverage that 3D Printing is getting […]

Flownex and PADT Sponsor University of Houston’s Rankin Rollers Team

A group of enthusiastic students at the University of Houston are doing their part at solving that age old academia problem: not enough hand’s on experience.  They are designing and building a working steam turbine for the schools Thermodynamics lab so students can experiment with a Rankin cycle, learn how to take meaningful measurements, and […]