To GPU or Not, This is No Longer The Question…

Executive Summary Without losing you quickly due to fabulous marketing and product information. I thought it prudent if I get to the answer of my question as quickly as possible. What was the question? Should I invest in a companion processor and an ANSYS HPC Pack? Yes, now is the time. If your current workstation […]

Happy 10th Birthday: The Focus

Don’t you hate it when you miss someone’s birthday?  I was looking up an old article in the Focus and noticed that the first issue was published on January, 13th, 2002.  Happy Belated Birthday! It was sometime in 2001 that Rod Scholl pointed out that there was no good ANSYS newsletter out there.  People would […]

Files for Webinar: A POST26 Primer

We just finished our webinar for 4/12/2012 on the basics of the POST26 Time History Post Processor.  As promised, here are the files used for examples in the webinar, as well as the PowerPoint: Tower-of-Test (ToT) test model, APDL: p26a.mac Tower-of-Test (ToT) test model, ANSYS Mechanical with APDL Snippets: tower-of-test-transient-2013.wbpz (note this is an R15 file. […]

Some Revolutionary HPC Talk: 208 Cores+896GB < $60k, GPU’s, & ANSYS Distributed

The last couple of weeks a bunch of stuff has gone on in the area of High Performance computing, or HPC, so we thought we would throw it all into one Focus posting and share some things we have learned, along with some advice, with the greater ANSYS user community. There is a little bit […]

Changing Results Values in ANSYS Mechanical APDL–DNSOL and *VPUT

So it is Friday afternoon and that big, involved, deep-dive into some arcane ANSYS capability is still not written.  So, time for plan B and the list of not so involved but still somewhat arcane capabilities that we like to expose in The Focus.  At the top of that list right now is how to […]

Utilizing Element Birth and Death for Contact Elements in Workbench Mechanical

In case you missed it, Doug Oatis wrote a Focus blog entry on general use of element birth and death in ANSYS Workbench back in November, 2011, which you can access here:  http://www.padtinc.com/blog/post/2011/11/29/Sifting-through-the-wreckage-Element-Birth-and-Death-in-Workbench.aspx This new article narrows the focus to contact elements specifically.  We recently had a tech support question about how to utilize element […]

Workshops for “Intro to Workbench Framework Scripting”

At noon Phoenix time today we will be presenting the Webinar “Intro to Workbench Scripting: Controlling Projects, Materials, and Solution Execution with Python”  This is a very high level, and probably short, introduction to the basics of using the python scripting in Workbench. To support the talking, I’ve put together four workshops, mostly based on […]

Starting ANSYS Products From the Command Line

Sometimes you just get tired of clicking on icons.  Sometimes you just need to feel the control and power of launching your applications from the command line.  You type it in, you hit the enter key, and sometimes you can actually hear the disk spin up or the fan run faster to cool the processor […]

APDL Math–Access to the ANSYS Solver Matrices with APDL

APDL Math.  It is one of the most powerful, uber-user, deep down under the hood, wrapping your hands around the neck of what FEA is, capabilities in the ANSYS Mechanical APDL (MAPDL) solver.  And most users don’t even know it is there.  It kind of snuck in over time, with the developers adding more and […]

Dean Kamen Visits Phoenix

Inventor of medical devices, the man behind the Segway, and FIRST backer Dean Kamenvisited the Phoenix area yesterday and today and we were lucky enough to have people from PADT invited to two different events at which he spoke.  For engineers involved in product development, this is like a visit from an NFL quarterback for […]

ANSYS Training Face to Face

This weeks Focus posting is not going to be very technical. In fact, it is a bit of an editorial. Over the past five years or so we have seen a lot of companies who use ANSYS, Inc products move away from traditional face-to-face training with instructors in a classroom.  There are a lot of […]

Stomp on a Bug in ANSYS Mechanical R14

Okay, so it’s not the ugly critter in the picture, (that on was found at my house), but the bug in ANSYS R14 can give you the willies just the same. ANSYS, Inc. is working very hard to get the situation remedied, and they will be sending out defect notices shortly.  They provided a quick-fix […]

Reducing the Size of your RST File–OUTRES is your Friend

One of the most common questions on XANSYS, and a common tech support question for us is: “Is there any way to make my result file smaller?”  In fact, we just got a support call last week on that very topic.  So we thought it would be a good topic for The Focus, and besides […]

ANSYS Mesh Connections–Another Tool for Meshing Surface Assemblies

Anyone who has had to mesh shell assemblies has probably run into trouble with edges that don’t quite line up, edges that meet in the middle of faces and other problems that make the meshing process difficult.  Often geometry operations were required to reconcile those problems and many times significant effort was required to get […]