This video is an introduction to ANSYS SIwave – an analysis tool for Integrated Circuits and PCBs
It is with incredible sadness that we must inform you that our friend and co-owner of PADT, Mark Johnson, passed away on November 25th from complications due to melanoma. He was with his wife, resting comfortably when he left us. This is a huge loss to anyone that ever knew Mark.
He joined PADT in the early days with the goal of building the company’s product development capability. His focus and the focus of his team was using engineering to make the world a better place. They did this directly through their work in alternative energy and medical devices and indirectly by helping companies from a wide range of industries. There are hydrogen powered cars and buses today humming down the street using pumps and blowers that were Mark’s creations. Doctors are using devices every day to treat patients that Mark helped to design and test. He also participated in the Startup and Medical Device engineering community in Arizona, serving as a judge, mentor, and board member across multiple organizations. And as a co-owner of PADT, he helped direct the company, contributing strongly to our culture and reputation in the community.
Before joining PADT, Mark had a similar impact at Garrett (AlliedSignal, Honeywell), The University of Arkansas, and Ballard. Few people in our industry had such a strong understanding of engineering fundamentals and his ability to apply that basic knowledge to help customers across industries will be sorely missed.
Outside of work, Mark was a loving father and husband, who always took time to be with his wife and two children. Those of you who knew him outside of work know how important they were to him, and he to them.
Since his passing many people have asked how they can honor Mark or share their thoughts on him. We are recommending that those who wish to honor him simply follow his example. Look for the good in people, help others when you can, and always ask questions. Mark was a master questioner and often answering those questions revealed more to the person he was asking the question of than anyone else. He often began meetings with new customers and partners with a simple statement: “I want to warn you, I like to ask questions, lots of questions.”
In that this blog is mostly read by people in technology, the best way you can honor his memory is to carry on his mission of using technology to make the world a better place. Help a startup, develop a more efficient system, commercialize a new technology that improves the lives of the less fortunate, enhance patient care, or help to explore and understand our universe. There are so many ways that those of us involved in engineering and science can make a huge difference, just as Mark did.
Please feel free to leave your thoughts about Mark in the comments below. If you would like to send a note or card to his family, please mail it to:
Mark Johnson Memorial
7755 S Research Dr, Suite 110
Tempe, AZ 85284
A short video showing how ACT (ANSYS Customization Toolkit) can be used to change Default Settings for analyses done in ANSYS Mechanical. This is a very small subset of the capabilities that ACT can provide. Stay tuned for other videos showing further customization examples.
The example .xml and python file is located below. Please bear in mind that to use these “scripted” ACT extension files you will need to have an ACT license. Compiled versions of extensions don’t require any licenses to use. Please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are wondering how to translate this example into your own needs.
A quick video showing you a great workflow for designing electric motors. It shows going from a quick template based design tool to a full 3D analysis tool
April is almost over, and you know what that means? It’s time for the ANSYS Convergence Regional Conference to begin. These free events are held once a year and are an opportunity for the entire spectrum of ANSYS users to get together for one day. Each event is a bit different, but the goal is the same: Users share presentations on what they have done and the experts from ANSYS, Inc. share what is new and exciting with the products.
These events are technical in nature, with a general session followed by specific technical tracks.
The four US events are:
- Santa Clara, CA: May 9, 2014
- Houston, TX: May 22, 2014
- Chicago, IL: May 23, 2014
- Detroit, MI: June 5, 2014
There are also 12 events in Asia, 12 in Europe, 7 in Latin America, and 7 in the Africa/Middle East region.
See the full list here.
Remember, it’s free and always educational. Even in our modern world of blogs, forums, and webinars, it is valuable to just spend some time talking with experts and other users.
PADT is a “Silver Sponsor” so we would love to see you there!
This video is an introduction to ANSYS RBD – an add on module to ANSYS Mechanical for analyzing rigid mechanisms.
As part of our “Getting to know ANSYS” video series, this video is an introduction to ANSYS Icepak – an electronics thermal analysis package in the ANSYS Product Suite.
The ANSYS Product Suite contains a large number of modules that are each tailored for a particular area in the simulation and analysis world. We, at PADT, realize that many of our customers are not aware or are confused at where each of these modules fits in to the analysis spectrum.
The “Getting to know ANSYS” videos will hopefully help everyone to understand these modules a little better. Each video will focus on one module and will showcase the following in a mixture of presentations and mini-demos:
- What each module is
- What are its capabilities
- Why is it useful
- Who can benefit from using it
The videos will be in the “Getting to know ANSYS” playlist on PADT’s Youtube Channel.
Please feel free to let us know how the videos are and definitely let us know which module that you are interested in and that you’d like to see next. That will help us to plan these future videos accordingly.
You can reach out to me directly at email@example.com for questions or followups to these or the “Focus Video Tips” videos.
This is a quick video showing an example of doing an impact study using a steel slug and a reinforced concrete block.
It is always great to see PADT customers in the news. This past weekend, January 25, 2014, our long time customer Space Data Corp. launched “a 15-foot latex balloon to carry communications equipment aloft to above 65,000 feet to relay voice and data over a 600-mile range.” This was at a meeting of the Arizona Near Space Technology Alliance, an organization we suspect may have more PADT customers as members.
The article also points out the two of our local US Representatives, Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Matt Salmon (R) were there. It was great to see actual bi-partisan support for local business and technology.
PADT has been providing Space Data with design, simulation, prototyping, and manufacturing consulting help since about the time the company was founded. The company was an early adopter of the extensive use of rapid prototyping in the design and test of their systems, long before it was considered cool and called 3D Printing.
Every time we see one of their balloons go up, we feel proud to have contributed to their growth and success.
This is Part 2 of our 2 part video series showing you a multiphysics simulation with ANSYS Maxwell and ANSYS Mechanical. In this video we take the results from ANSYS Maxwell and use it to compute the temperature distribution and finally the structural deformation due to the current through the parts.
The Part 1 video can be found here
This Part 1 of 2 video shows you the first half of a multiphysics simulation using the low-frequency electromagnetics tool ANSYS Maxwell to do an eddy current analysis. Part 2 will involve taking the results of this analysis and transferring it to perform a thermal-structural analysis using ANSYS Mechanical.
PADT was pleased to be a participant in the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (#GCOI) for the third time last night. GCOI is an awards ceremony and a gathering to celebrate all things tech in Arizona. This year it was up on the third floor of the West Building of the Phoenix Convention Center, affording great views of downtown.
PADT had a booth:
And we also made the awards again this year. But as usually, we forgot to take any pictures… so here is one of the host, Robin Sewell, gave PADT a great shout out, and even got our name right:
As always, we were very pleased to see one of PADT’s customers, and a company that PADT is an Angel investor in, receive an award:
Innovator of the Year – Small Company: Strongwatch Corporation, of Tucson, which focuses on the tactical mobile surveillance and continuous autonomous surveillance segments of the video surveillance market.
Sponsorship was once again very strong, and PADT was honored to be listed with so many great companies:
AZTechBeat.com has a great slideshow that you should check out to see who was there, and see happy winners holding their PADT made trophy in their hands.
It was great to see old friends a make a few new ones. The Arizona technology community is full of smart, creative, motivated people who are making a difference in the state, and around the world. The co-sponsors, the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority, have really done a great job on this event and growing a stronger and more vibrant technology community.
When you are a small company, there are a lot of things you expect to happen. Being in a history museum is not one of them. This past November 8th PADT was featured in the latest exhibition at the Tempe History Museum: Made in Tempe.
It is a strange thing to stroll through a museum, chatting with a docent, and turn the corner and see something you worked on sitting inside a display case. Then, looking up seeing a display describing who PADT is and what we do was a bit emotional. But the best part was when a visitor comes up and start reading next to you, and then asks out loud “what is that white thing in the middle, are those gears, was that made on a 3D Printer?” And with a bit of a lump in your throat, replying “Why yes, yes it was.” That very moment was capture by someone from the museum in this image:
As the museum points out on their website:
“Most people think of Tempe as the home of Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake and Mill Avenue, but Tempe is also the location for hundreds of manufacturing companies, ranging from hot sauce to heart defibrillators and the Tempe History Museum wants to honor their role in the progress of this city.”
And don’t forget Four Peaks Brewing… definitely some great company to keep.
The attendance was very strong, with many people involved in the Museum, the City of Tempe, and technology spending their Friday night mingling and learning about all of the companies.
Here we see Josh mingling with the other guests:
The highlight of the evening was to cut the ribbon and officially open the “Made in Tempe” Exhibition, standing with fellow Tempe business owners and executives:
We are very pleased to be based here in Tempe, Arizona. It is a great home for companies of all types, but especially technology companies who want a city government that actually gets high-tech, gets the need to have good infrastructure and strong schools, supports a world class university, and makes the type of investments that result in a great environment for long term growth.
PADT is proud to now be part of the city’s official history and especially proud to be “Made in Tempe.”