Utilizing a Thermal Contact Conductance Table in ANSYS ANSYS Mechanical

We recently had a tech support request from a customer, asking for the ability to define a spatially varying thermal contact conductance (TCC) on a contact region in ANSYS Mechanical. We came up with a solution for ANSYS 14.5 via an example which includes a couple of verification plots. The test model consists of two […]

It’s Open House Season at PADT!

With the opening of our new office in Albuquerque, our move to a larger office in Colorado, and a whole boat load of new stuff going on at the main office in the Phoenix area, there are a lot of reasons to come visit PADT during one of our upcoming Open Houses. Albuquerque, New Mexico […]

Corrupt ANSYS Mechanical Database? You Might Be Able to Recover

Most of the time ANSYS Mechanical does a great job of keeping track of all our input and output files needed for a particular simulation. Every once in a while though, a glitch can happen which could lead to a corrupt database that gives you errors, say, if you try to reopen the ANSYS Mechanical […]

PADT Moves into Larger Colorado Office

If you visited our office in Littleton Colorado you will have noticed that we were kind of working on top of one another.  To alleviate the problem, we have moved down the street. Our new PADT Colorado office is still in historic downtown Littleton, we are actually on the main street now: PADT Colorado 2009 […]

PADT Talks about 3D Printing on Channel 8’s Arizona Horizon

Our latest journey into mass media was a real pleasure.  We were invited to come on to the local Phoenix PBS station to talk about 3D Printing.  The team of students from the Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communications at ASU that do most of the behind the scenes work were great. The host and producer […]

Watch PADT on Chanel 8’s Horizon Arizona this Wednesday at 5:30

  PADT will be on the local Phoenix PBS station this Wednesday, July 10th at 5:30 PM talking about 3D Printing and PADT.  Here is the teaser from their website: 3D printing has been around for a while, but it is just starting to make a big impact on mainstream society. Tempe-based Phoenix Analysis and […]

Linearized Stress – Using Nodal Locations for Path Results in Workbench Mechanical 14.5

Postprocessing results along a path has been part of the Workbench Mechanical capability for several rev’s now. We need to define a path as construction geometry on which to map the results unless we happen to have an edge in the model exactly where we want the path to be or can use an X […]

PADT Welcomed to Sandia Science & Technology Park

The folks at the Sandia Science and Technology Park welcomed PADT to the Neighborhood with a nice writeup in their monthly newsletter.  We are very excited about growing our New Mexico business from this location.

Duh! Three ANSYS Mechanical Features I Should Know But Didn’t

Selection Information, Manage Views, and Changing Settings on Multiple Load Steps There is no way to hide the embarrassing reality. I am supposed to be an expert. I am introduced to people as such. People all over the world read stuff I write about how to use ANSYS products more effectively.  But last week and […]

PADT Expands Local 3D Printing, Support, and Simulation Services with New Albuquerque Office

We are very pleased to announce that PADT is opening new local office in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the Sandia Science and Technology Park. The office will focus on providing sales, technical support, 3D Printer maintenance, and a meeting space to better serve customers in New Mexico. Some of PADT’s earliest customers came from the state […]

Why do my ANSYS jobs take days and weeks to finish? Well it depends…

Real World Lessons on How to Minimize Run Time for ANSYS HPC Recently I had a VP of Engineering start a phone conversation with me that went something like this. “Well Dave, you see this is how it is. We just spent a truckload of money on a 256 core cluster and our solve times […]

Video Tips: Automatic Cross-Sections in ANSYS DesignModeler

A quick video showing how to create a script that will automatically generate standard cross-sections in DesignModeler to be used for, as an example, line bodies. ANSYS Help Link:  // DesignModeler User Guide // Scripting API // Script Features // Features within Script Features // Cross Section Feature

PADT In the News: Piece on 3D Printing Presentation in Southern New Mexico

PADT and 3D printing got a great write up in the Las Cruces Bulletin last month.  Renee Palacios and John Wright were speaking at the High Tech Council of Southern New Mexico on May 17th and a local reporter attended and did a great interview. With all the media attention focused on 3D Printing we have […]

Humbling Feedback from PADT’s Product Development Customers

When we decided to redo our website we were told by all of the experts that you need case studies and you need testimonials.  Being engineers, we immediately pushed back saying that none of our customers will give us the input we need.  We are happy to report that we were wrong. So wrong that […]

Ready to go for Turbo Expo 2013 in San Antonio

The PADT and Flownex teams have our booth set up and ready to go for the next three days at Turbo Expo 2013. This is always one of our favorite events because most of us came from this industry, and in fact all four of the founders were turbine-engine-engineers before we started PADT.  A special […]