3D Color Printing: Stratasys Publishes Nice White Paper on Maximizing Multi-Material and Color 3D Printing

Stratasys just released a nice white paper on the uses of their new color technology in the Objet500 Connex3 system.  This machine is more than just a way to print parts in a variety of colors, it allows you to load three different materials, including colors. The paper goes in to some detail on how the […]

Help! My New HPC System is not High Performance!

It is an all too common feeling, that sinking feeling that leads to the phrase “Oh Crap” being muttered under your breath. You just spent almost a year getting management to pay for a new compute workstation, server or cluster. You did the ROI and showed an eight-month payback because of how much faster your […]

I’m All Bound Up! : A Brief Discussion on What It Means To Be Compute Bound or I/O Bound

We often get questions from our customers, both ANSYS product and CUBE HVPC users, on how to get their jobs to run faster. Should they get better disk drives or focus on CPU performance. We have found that disk drive performance often gets the blame when it is undeserving. To help figure this out, the […]

ANSYS & 3D Printing: Converting your ANSYS Mechanical or MAPDL Model into an STL File

3D printing is all the rage these days.  PADT has been involved in what should be called Additive Manufacturing since our founding twenty years ago.  So people in the ANSYS world often come to us for advice on things 3D Printer’ish.  And last week we got an email asking if we had a way to […]

Microloaning with Kiva

We just updated our loans on www.KIVA.com, a microloan website that PADT has been a member of since 2007. Kiva takes very small loans from people, pools them together, and makes  small loans to entrepreneurs around the world.  It is a great way to make a big difference in someones life with a small donation. […]

PADT Hosts Lunch and Learn: Living in an Engineered World

PADT was pleased to host an Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) Lunch and Learn today. The topic, “Living in an Engineered World: A look at the Impact of the Engineering Process on all Aspects of Business and How to Take Advantage of It,” attracted a diverse crowd of business owners, educators, salespeople, and others. The gist of […]

Usable Color 3D Printed Parts Now Available with Stratasys Objet500 Connex3

We have been waiting for this day for a long time.  There have been 3D Printers out there that do multiple colors, but let’s be frank, the parts were not very strong.  Nice to look at, but not much else. This weekend Stratasys announced the Objet500 Connex3 machine.  Based on the proven Object500 Connex this […]

Customers in the News: Space Data Corp Demonstrates Communications Balloon at Near Space Alliance

It is always great to see PADT customers in the news.  This past weekend, January 25, 2014, our long time customer Space Data Corp. launched “a 15-foot latex balloon to carry communications equipment aloft to above 65,000 feet to relay voice and data over a 600-mile range.”  This was at a meeting of the Arizona Near […]

Efficient Engineering Data, Part 2: Setting Default Materials and Assignments aka No, You’re Not Stuck with Structural Steel for the Rest of Your Life

Longer ago than I care to admit, I wrote an article about creating and using your own material libraries in Workbench. This is the long awaited follow-up, which concerns setting the default Engineering Data materials and default material assignments in Mechanical and other analysis editors. Note: Part of the reason it’s taken me this long […]

Press Release: PADT and M-Tech Industries to Highlight Fluid-Thermal System Modeling for Mining with Flownex at 2014 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit

We are very excited about the upcoming 2014 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Not only is this in our very own back yard (or is it our front or side yard?) it is a great place for us to show off Flownex Simulation Environment and how useful it is for […]

Video Tips: Multiphysics Simulation with ANSYS Maxwell and ANSYS Mechanical – Part 2

This is Part 2 of our 2 part video series showing you a multiphysics simulation with ANSYS Maxwell and ANSYS Mechanical. In this video we take the results from ANSYS Maxwell and use it to compute the temperature distribution and finally the structural deformation due to the current through the parts. The Part 1 video […]

Submit your Video Response to “What does PADT Mean to Me?”

When you have been doing something for 20 years, you sometimes loose track of the impact your efforts have on others.  So we came up with the idea that we should ask our customers, employees, vendors, family, friends, etc… to give us their response to the question: “What does PADT Mean to Me?” We have […]

20th Anniversary Comments on PADT

We are creating this blog posting for one simple reason:  As we reflect and celebrate twenty years of being in business, we want to hear from our customers, vendors, partners, and friends. What would you like to share with the world about PADT?  A story?  An observation?  Even a criticism. We want to know what […]

Wohlers Associates Lists Top 3D Printing News of 2013

Wohlers Associates just blogged their list of the top news stories for 2013 in 3D Printing.  It is worth a read to look beyond the hype we have seen this year and focus on the stories that will be having an impact in the future: http://wohlersassociates.com/blog/2014/01/top-3d-printing-developments-in-2013/ As a Stratasys distributor and provider of additive manufacturing […]

Video Tips: Multiphysics Simulation with ANSYS Maxwell and ANSYS Mechanical – Part 1

This Part 1 of 2 video shows you the first half of a multiphysics simulation using the low-frequency electromagnetics tool ANSYS Maxwell to do an eddy current analysis. Part 2 will involve taking the results of this analysis and transferring it to perform a thermal-structural analysis using ANSYS Mechanical.