First Stop on Arizona SciTech Festival Events: Carl Hayden High School

The next couple of weeks are going to be busy ones for our team as we shuttle equipment around the valley to take part in a couple of events. Tonight we set up shop at Carl Hayden High School for their open house featuring their robotics efforts:           Tomorrow we will be […]

There’s an Extension for That!

My mother in law is still getting used to the concept of a smart phone. MIL: “Do you have a GPS so you know how to get there?” Me: “There’s an App for that.” MIL: “Do you have a flashlight?” Me: “There’s an App for that.” MIL: “Do you have a chromatic tuner?” Me: “There’s […]

HDR Chosen for Feasibility Studies for Spaceport Colorado

We received great news last night that the team PADT has been working with, HDR, has been chosen to do the feasibility study on developing the Front Range Airport into Spaceport Colorado.  The Denver Post has a good summary of the effort. Norman Stucker, our General Manager for Colorado Operations, has been a contributor to […]

PADT Presented with 2012 IEEE Phoenix Section Small Company of the Year Award

PADT is very honored to have received the “Small Company of the Year Technical Contributions Award” from the Phoenix Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at their annual award banquet held on February 9th, 2013.  Quoting the award, it was given: “In Recognition of Developing Outstanding Engineering Services and Technologies for […]

PADT By The Numbers

We just added a new page to the “About” portion of our website: PADT By the Numbers. I know this will be no surprise to anyone who knows engineers, but we like to quantify things.  This page takes a bunch of numbers that describe PADT and summarizes them in one place: To save you the effort of […]

The Importance of Updating Graphics Drivers

Users of graphics-intensive software like the ANSYS family of products occasionally encounter problems caused by graphics or video drivers. It’s important to keep your drivers up to date. In this entry we will summarize some of the symptoms of driver problems and will let you know how to find and install the latest drivers if […]

Automated Intellectual Property Protection with Traklight

Every innovator faces the same problem: how do I make sure that I have protection for my Intellectual Property (IP).  Back “in the day” when I started in this world we wrote everything down in a numbered lab book and that was the record.  But these days we just never write anything down, it is […]

3D Printing on “Big Bang Theory”

The thing that gets me about “The Big Bank Theory” is how accurate it is. They seem to always get it right and their treatment of 3D Printing during “The Cooper/Kripke Inversion” last week was spot on. http://www.cbs.com/shows/big_bang_theory/video/EYtoEVXpKfTrFjbz8TEKJ3AZnjpAPs7k/the-big-bang-theory-the-cooper-kripke-inversion  Take a look at 7:10 and then 11:06. “We Printed a Whistle!” “Amazing! You know these things […]

The 3D Printing Store in Denver

We are pleased to promote the fact that The 3D Printing Store in Denver is open for business and they have their new uPrint SE Plus up and running.  We are very excited about this new more retail oriented face for 3D Printing bringing the dream of rapid prototyping as a mainstream technology to a […]

Legacy Training Material: Tcl/Tk for ANSYS Mechanical APDL

The Graphical User Interface (GUI) for ANSYS Mechanical APDL is written in a toolset called Tcl/Tk. This is actually the same GUI toolset that ICEM CFD uses.  Way back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth and the .com bubble was bursting, PADT wrote and Advanced Customization class for what was then just called ANSYS.  We […]

ANSYS Technical Support Call… or a Pizza Order

We came in the other day to find this in our ANSYS Technical Support voice mail box: Tech Support? Pretty darn funny.  I wonder if he would take one slice if we applied cyclo-symmetric boundary conditions?

Monster in the Closet: PADT Goes Live with 512 Core HVPC CUBE Cluster

There is a closet in the back of PADT’s product development lab. It does not store empty boxes, old files, or obsolete hardware.  Within that closet is a monster.  Not the sort of monster that scares little children at night.  No, this is a monster that puts fear into the heart of those who try […]

The Reality of Simulation Driven Product Development

A note to our regular readers: This is not a normal Focus post. No info on how to use an obscure new ANSYS command. This may be something our regular readers (the people who do simulation) might find useful to share with their management. And maybe a CEO/CTO/COO or two might stumble across it and […]

Seven Case Studies on Product and Medical Device Development

This morning we added the seventh case study highlighting some customer stories to PADT’s new website.  These short documents highlight a project that our product and medical device development teams worked on with a variety of customers, from Nissan to a medical device inventor.  You can view them under the Successes portion of our website, […]