ANSYS Acquires EVEN, the Makers of the ANSYS Composite PrepPost Tool (ACP)

Good news out there in ANSYS land.  ANSYS, Inc.  just made the relationship with EVEN as close as possible – by acquiring them.  Here at PADT it was love at first sight when we first were introduced to the ANSYS Composite PrepPost (ACP) add-on.  The solver capabilities in ANSYS Mechanical APDL have been very strong […]

Yes! Concurrent Design Point Solves Using New ANSYS HPC Parametric Pack Licensing

  Design Optimization – Design Point Studies. These are terms that for many years now have been tossed about as powerful simulation tools. Indeed they are powerful tools, but for anything but relatively small models, the computing resources and time involved to get solutions have been prohibitive in many cases. We are now in the […]

Arizona Science and Engineering Fair: April 1-3 2013

It’s that time of year again. We just got the brochures for the 2013 Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) back from our printer. This is one of PADT’s favorite STEM events in the state, it is amazing what the kids show off at this event. This is a statewide science and engineering fair for […]

PADT on Local TV Talking About 3D Printing

The general public’s interest in 3D Printing has taken us all a bit by surprise. We know it is a popular topic but we were shocked when a local TV station (ABC15 – KNXV) called us up and wanted to do some filming of 3D printers in action, answer some questions they had about the […]

A Look at the “First to File” Change to Patents in the US

On March 16th of this year (last Saturday) there was a major change to how you claim rights to an idea in the US, and it came and went without much fanfare.  That is when the US changed from a “first-to-invent” system for deciding who gets to rights to an idea to a “first-to-file” system.  […]

Innovation Arizona Website: InnovationAZ.com

It is here.  And it is really well done. InnovationAZ.com Arizona has been a place where the pioneering spirit, innovation, and good old fashioned brain power could combine to make entrepreneurial successes.  But until now, the fact that Arizona is so spread out and that Arizonans tend to be so independent meant that there has been […]

On the Road for Three Different Shows, Three Different States

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for PADT, jetting around the four-corner region for technical conferences.  Three in fact. The first was the 2013 Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Annual Meeting & Exhibit in Denver, Colorado.   We were focusing on simulation for this event, with Flownex and ANSYS. We were not however, focusing our […]

Direct Coupled-Field Elements in Mechanical APDL

We received one of those tech support calls last week that you hate getting.  It was something like “I need to transfer my ANSYS model to this other FEA package, how do I do that?”  We of course asked “Why do you need to go to this other package?” The answer was “Because they have […]

Introduction to the ANSYS Parametric Design Language (APDL) Book Now Available on Amazon!

PADT’s popular “ANSYS Customization with the ANSYS Parametric Design Language Guide” Has been updated and reformatted as a book and published as “Introduction to the ANSYS Parametric Design Language”  in both softcover and Kindle formats. This book started life as a class that PADT taught for many years. Then over time people asked if they could buy the notes. […]

Arizona SciTech Festival Open House Pictures (2/26/2013)

The kind people from the Arizona ScitTech Festival posted some pictures from the Open House that PADT held as part of the SciTech Festival and How It’s Made Arizona. Some great pictures of our guests and our fantastic employees. View the slide show here. We can’t wait to do it again next year.

Six Things to Do when Shopping for a 3D Printer

PADT has been in this prototyping business for a while, even before we called the machines that make physical parts directly from computer models a 3D Printer.  When we started it was rapid prototyping and we have purchased maybe a dozen machines for our own use, and sold several hundred to our customers.  As the […]

The Cost of ANSYS, Fluent, CFX, Maxwell, ICEM CFD, etc. Training

How much does training cost for ANSYS, Fluent, CFX, Maxwell, ICEM CFD, Icepak, AQWA, etc.? This is a question many engineers and managers often ask when considering training in the ANSYS family of products. The answer is that it can cost anywhere from zero to several thousand dollars, depending on a variety of factors. How […]

Orthosensor on TV

We always love to see PADT customers get mentioned in the media, so we were very happy to see that Orthosensor’s Knee Balancer making the news:   Although they do not get a shout out by name, we know that device very well because we have worked on it with Orthosensor and their Arizona team is actually […]

PADT Joins AMIGOS and Arizona Mining Association

After working with the mining industry in Arizona for years, we have finally gotten around to joining the two professional groups that work with the industry: Arizona Mining & Industry Get our Support, better known as AMIGOS, and the Arizona Mining Association.  We are excited about being able to contribute more to the Arizona mining community through […]

2013 Cleantech Open Launch

Last night was the kickoff gathering for the Rocky Mountain region of the Cleantech Open at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. It was a great gathering where all of the fantastic volunteers who run the event and provide mentoring get some much deserved recognition. Better yet, midnight was the official start for the […]