The Pets of PADT – March 2014

You can tell a lot about a person from their pets.  But what can you tell about a company?  We recently decided to share pictures of everyone’s pet to learn a bit more about each other, and to spend a little bit of time ooh’ing and ahh’ing over how cute some of these guys are. […]

Happy PI Day: 3.14

Best wishes to everyone who loves math and enjoys being irrational and transcendental.   Have you ever really thought about the fact that dividing  the distance around a circle by the width of a circle is an irrational number? That means that at least one of the distances can not be a whole number.  Have […]

Introduction to APDL Book Turns One

We got our monthly report from Amazon on our book  “Introduction to the ANSYS Parametric Design Language (APDL)” and we noticed that it has been one year since we published it.  This was our first foray into self publishing so we thought it was worth noting that it has been a year. Being engineers, we […]

ANSYS 15.0: Summary of Available Updates as of 3/11/14

Since the release of ANSYS 15.0 in December, 2013, ANSYS, Inc. has released 4 updates.  Here are details on each, so you can decide if you need to install them or not:  15.0.1 This update fixes a defect related to CFD models with zero thickness walls (baffles).  The problem in the initial 15.0 release was […]

Video Tips: Drop Impact using ANSYS AUTODYN

This is a quick video showing an example of doing an impact study using a steel slug and a reinforced concrete block. )

PADT Turns 20 Today

At 11:06 am on March 7, 1994 a clerk at the Arizona Corporation Commission placed their stamp on stack of paper titled: “Articles of Incorporation of Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies, Inc.” and a new company, and a new path in life for many people, was started. Before that moment it had all been talk […]

Comprehensive Online Course on 3D Printing Added to Lynda.com

The other day I got an email from Brenda Newhouse, the very talented owner of Newhouse Studios who helped us design and build the PADT website, on a link she had found on Lynda.com for a course on 3D Printing. Our to-do list always contained “produce comprehensive 3D printing online course” but we never got […]

New Open Position at PADT: Product Design Engineer

We thought we were catching up by recently filling two open positions: CFD Simulation Engineer and a sales position in Utah.  But then another opportunity opened up to add a full time Product Design Engineer in support of PADT’s line of products for cleaning additive manufacturing parts.  Although this position will work with our Product […]

Caps and Limits on Hardware Resources in Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux

(Revised and updated February 10, 2014 to include pertinent, relevant Windows Server 2012 information as it relates to the world of numerical simulation) Hi – One of our more popular blog articles from January 14, 2011. It has been over three years now and the blog article needs a refresh. It seems that as operating […]

Happy (nerdy) Valentine’s Day

We could not pass up trying out one of the online aps that generate Valentine’s Day candy hearts.  Good fun.  It didn’t take long to find a FFT for a standard heart beat (the equation) and maybe only the rotating machinery types among you will get the blue one’s message.  Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

Time and Date Set for PADT’s 20th Anniversary Party

PADT’s anniversary party committee (yes, there are some “The Office” similarities) has been busy planning and making preliminary arrangements.  The date and time have been set. The invitations will go out the first week in March, but you do not have to wait to put it on your calendar: PADT’s 20th Anniversary Party When April […]

Another Job Opening at PADT: Sales Support Specialist, 3D Printing

PADT had a record year in 2013 reselling and supporting Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) systems from Stratasys.  So good, that our team was swamped with all of the activity, especially as Stratasys continues to add new systems and materials.  In order to make 2014 another fantastic year in this area, we have opened a new position: […]

3D Color Printing: Stratasys Publishes Nice White Paper on Maximizing Multi-Material and Color 3D Printing

Stratasys just released a nice white paper on the uses of their new color technology in the Objet500 Connex3 system. This machine is more than just a way to print parts in a variety of colors, it allows you to load three different materials, including colors, the best part of this is that this service […]

Help! My New HPC System is not High Performance!

It is an all too common feeling, that sinking feeling that leads to the phrase “Oh Crap” being muttered under your breath. You just spent almost a year getting management to pay for a new compute workstation, server or cluster. You did the ROI and showed an eight-month payback because of how much faster your […]

I’m All Bound Up! : A Brief Discussion on What It Means To Be Compute Bound or I/O Bound

We often get questions from our customers, both ANSYS product and CUBE HVPC users, on how to get their jobs to run faster. Should they get better disk drives or focus on CPU performance. We have found that disk drive performance often gets the blame when it is undeserving. To help figure this out, the […]