TechShop Chandler: A Place for Makers, Builders, Inventors, and Engineers

The other day some visitors to PADT asked if we wanted to tour their new facility. Some place called TechShop Chandler. I had heard some about them, a place where you can have access to tech tools and technology, but I didn’t know much more than that. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised when we stopped […]

Be a View Master: Customizing and Managing Views in ANSYS Mechanical

Accessing various predefined views in Mechanical is easy. You can click on the triad axes (including the negative sides of the axes) and view the model down those axes, or click the turquoise isometric ball for an isometric view. Or you can right click the graphics area and select from a variety of views (top, […]

Desktop 3D Scanning with Geomagic Capture

If you have been following PADT closely for a while, you know that we have been working hard to find good scanning solutions for our customers since we started the company twenty years ago.  For many years we recommended professional inspection service providers that used traditional CMM devices to reverse engineer or inspect parts, we […]

Named Selections + Object Generator = Awesome

Guess who’s back…back again.  Yes, just like Slim Shady, I’m back (returned to PADT and writing Focus blogs). So run and go tell your friends that horrible pop cultural references have returned to ANSYS blog posts.  It’s been too long. Getting back on track, the object generator debuted in R14.5 Mechanical.  You can access this […]

The Pets of PADT – March 2014

You can tell a lot about a person from their pets.  But what can you tell about a company?  We recently decided to share pictures of everyone’s pet to learn a bit more about each other, and to spend a little bit of time ooh’ing and ahh’ing over how cute some of these guys are.  […]

Happy PI Day: 3.14

Best wishes to everyone who loves math and enjoys being irrational and transcendental.   Have you ever really thought about the fact that dividing  the distance around a circle by the width of a circle is an irrational number? That means that at least one of the distances can not be a whole number.  Have […]

Introduction to APDL Book Turns One

We got our monthly report from Amazon on our book  “Introduction to the ANSYS Parametric Design Language (APDL)” and we noticed that it has been one year since we published it.  This was our first foray into self publishing so we thought it was worth noting that it has been a year. Being engineers, we […]

ANSYS 15.0: Summary of Available Updates as of 3/11/14

Since the release of ANSYS 15.0 in December, 2013, ANSYS, Inc. has released 4 updates.  Here are details on each, so you can decide if you need to install them or not:  15.0.1 This update fixes a defect related to CFD models with zero thickness walls (baffles).  The problem in the initial 15.0 release was […]

Video Tips: Drop Impact using ANSYS AUTODYN

This is a quick video showing an example of doing an impact study using a steel slug and a reinforced concrete block. )

PADT Turns 20 Today

At 11:06 am on March 7, 1994 a clerk at the Arizona Corporation Commission placed their stamp on stack of paper titled: “Articles of Incorporation of Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies, Inc.” and a new company, and a new path in life for many people, was started. Before that moment it had all been talk […]

Comprehensive Online Course on 3D Printing Added to Lynda.com

The other day I got an email from Brenda Newhouse, the very talented owner of Newhouse Studios who helped us design and build the PADT website, on a link she had found on Lynda.com for a course on 3D Printing. Our to-do list always contained “produce comprehensive 3D printing online course” but we never got […]

New Open Position at PADT: Product Design Engineer

We thought we were catching up by recently filling two open positions: CFD Simulation Engineer and a sales position in Utah.  But then another opportunity opened up to add a full time Product Design Engineer in support of PADT’s line of products for cleaning additive manufacturing parts.  Although this position will work with our Product […]

Caps and Limits on Hardware Resources in Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux

(Revised and updated February 10, 2014 to include pertinent, relevant Windows Server 2012 information as it relates to the world of numerical simulation) Hi – One of our more popular blog articles from January 14, 2011. It has been over three years now and the blog article needs a refresh. It seems that as operating […]

Happy (nerdy) Valentine’s Day

We could not pass up trying out one of the online aps that generate Valentine’s Day candy hearts.  Good fun.  It didn’t take long to find a FFT for a standard heart beat (the equation) and maybe only the rotating machinery types among you will get the blue one’s message.  Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

Time and Date Set for PADT’s 20th Anniversary Party

PADT’s anniversary party committee (yes, there are some “The Office” similarities) has been busy planning and making preliminary arrangements.  The date and time have been set. The invitations will go out the first week in March, but you do not have to wait to put it on your calendar: PADT’s 20th Anniversary Party When April […]