PADT Celebrates with Private Star Trek Showing

Customers, friends, and families joined PADT’s employees for a private screening of “Star Trek: Into Darkness” last Friday afternoon. We had such a great turnout that the only seats open were in the front row. Watching a movie like this with a group of technical people is a lot more fun than a general crowd.  Many of […]

CFX Expression Language–Part 5: Using CEL for Solution Monitoring

In four previous entries we introduced CFX Expression Language, CEL: Part 1: Accessing CFD Simulation Information in CFX (and FLUENT) Part 2: Augmenting Material Property Assignments in ANSYS CFX Part 3: Applying Boundary Conditions Using CEL Part 4: Applying Ramped and Stepped Boundary Conditions using CEL After a break to teach some ANSYS classes in […]

A Visit to the Solar Impulse Aircraft and Thoughts on Doing Big Things

Our recent visit to see the Solar Impulse aircraft while it visited Phoenix was a great opportunity for us to see some great engineering, share some thoughts on cleantech technology, and be reminded of the power of doing something big. The Solar Impulse is a “movement challenging conventional thinking to inspire innovation, hope and action among citizens […]

PADT Interviewed on Local TV on 3D Printing

Those of us that have been doing rapid prototyping for over 20 years are a bit taken aback by the sudden interest by the mainstream public in 3D printing, but in  good way. We have been amazed by this technology for decades and have been evangelizing about its uses even before we bought our first Stereolithography machine […]

G3Box Raising Funds to Send First Maternity Clinic to Kenya

We are very pleased to let our community know about some great progress that has been made by a startup here in Phoenix called G3Box.  What is G3Box? “G3Box converts steel shipping containers into medical clinics. We passionately pursue healthcare concerns around the world with a commitment to integrity, humility, and collaboration. We Generate Global Good.” They hit a major […]

CFX Expression Language–Part 4: Applying Ramped and Stepped Boundary Conditions Using CEL

In three previous entries we introduced CFX Expression Language, CEL: Part 1: Accessing CFD Simulation Information in CFX (and FLUENT) Part 2: Augmenting Material Property Assignments in ANSYS CFX Part 3: Applying Boundary Conditions Using CEL In this fourth installment we will demonstrate the use of CEL to apply ramped or stepped boundary conditions. In […]

Spring 2013 PADT Company Meeting

Twice a year, PADT employees gather from around the country in our main office in Tempe for a company meeting.  We get together in one room for about two hours to review the past 6 months, talk about what we have accomplished, what we are working on now, and where we want to be. The […]

CFX Expression Language–Part 3: Applying Boundary Conditions Using CEL

In two previous entries we introduced CFX Expression Language, CEL: Part 1: Accessing CFD Simulation Information in CFX (and FLUENT) Part 2: Augmenting Material Property Assignments in ANSYS CFX In this third installment we will see how to use CEL to apply boundary conditions as equations rather than constant values. For example, if a non-constant […]

PADT’s Norman Stucker Nominated for The Brian R. Vogt Community Leader of the Year

We are always humbled when a great organization takes the time to recognize PADT or one of our employees.  We are pleased to announce that our General Manager, and Salesguy, Norman Stucker was nominated for the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Brian R. Vogt Community Leader of the Year. Besides a reminder that this particular group has an […]

2000 Core Milestone Passed for CUBE HVPC Systems

As we put the finishing touches on the latest 512 core CUBE HVPC cluster, PADT is happy to report that there are now 2,042 cores worth of High Value Performance Computing (HVPC) power out there in the form of PADT’s CUBE computer systems.  That is 2,042 Intel or AMD cores crunching away in workstations, compute […]

CFX Expression Language – Part 2: Augmenting Material Property Assignments in ANSYS CFX

In a previous entry we introduced CFX Expression Language, CEL.  You can view that post here.  Before we get started, there are some key things to remember: Expressions can be easily created by right-clicking in the Expressions tab after double clicking on Expressions in the CFX Pre object tree. Expressions and their contents are case […]

Lighted Speakers show Off Power of 3D Printing

We came across this very cool application that uses a Stratasys Connex 500 spreading like wildfire across the blog-sphere.  We thought we would put our own technical spin on it since we have that same system.  Evan Atherton from Autodesk did the model working with a company called LumiGeek to do the lighting. Here is a  good video […]

CFX Expression Language – Part 1: Accessing CFD Simulation Information in CFX (and FLUENT)

This week we are presenting an introduction to CFX Expression Language. If you’re not familiar with CFX, it is one of the two CFD tools available from ANSYS, Inc., the other being Fluent. CFX has been part of the ANSYS family of engineering tools since 2003. It is relatively easy to use and can be […]

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 […]