This is a quick video showing an example of doing an impact study using a steel slug and a reinforced concrete block.
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.”
PADT has a great reputation for a lot of things: ANSYS expertise, the people solve those tough engineering problems in product development, outstanding knowledge and quality in rapid prototyping, the knowledge and enthusiasm of our employees. Notice that golf is not listed in there. It is still not listed.
This last Saturday was the annual Phoenix Chapter 067 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Golf Tournament. This well attended event is held to raise money towards scholarships for Manufacturing Engineering students at Arizona State University. A great cause and the turnout was awesome with eighteen foursomes hitting the fairways at the Arizona Grand Resort. The picture above shows John, Brad, and Eric posing at the hole that PADT sponsored. Our fourth player prefers to remain anonymous.
PADT hired the bulk of our manufacturing team from the ASU program and we support their efforts to educate future leaders in manufacturing technology. In fact, the picture to the right is of John taking a swing – he is a graduate of this program. Some of the things we do include internships, onsite tours of our rapid manufacturing facility, lecturing, and donating items to and sponsoring their fundraising auctions. We also sponsor breakfast and a hole at this event each year. What we do not do is strike fear and trepidation in the hearts of the other golfers.
Sigh… 18th out of 18. Note how they used a different color of ink to make sure everyone noticed we were last. We did get a consolation prize of a large box of golf balls, a not so subtle hint to get out there and practice more.
However, it was a very nice day and we had a great time out there.
This video gives an example of using DesignXplorer to automate the optimization of a tuning fork to achieve a particular desired frequency
Note: The information and data contained in this article was complied and generated on September 12, 2013 by PADT, Inc. on CUBE HVPC hardware using FLUEN 14.5.7. Please remember that hardware and software change with new releases and you should always try to run your own benchmarks, on your own typical problems, to understand how performance will impact you.
By David Mastel
Due to the response to the original article on this subject, I thought it would be good to do a quick follow-up using one of our latest CUBE HVPC builds. Again, the ANSYS Fluent standard benchmarks were used in garnering the stats on this dual socket INTEL XEON e5-2667V2 configuration.
CUBE HVPC Test configurations (Same as in last comparison)
Server 2: CUBE HVPC c16i (Intel server from last comparison)
Server 3: CUBE HVPC c16ivy (New “Ivy” based Intel server)
ANSYS FLUENT 14.5.7 Performance using the ANSYS FLUENT Benchmark suite provided by ANSYS, Inc.
ANSYS Fluent Benchmark page link:http://www.ansys.com/Support/Platform+Support/Benchmarks+Overview/ANSYS+Fluent+Benchmarks
Release ANSYS FLUENT 14.5.7 Test Cases
(20 Iterations each)
Here are the results for all three machines, total and average time:
So I didn’t have to have the “Are you sure?” question with Eric this time and I didn’t bother triple checking the results because indeed, the Ivy Bridge-EP Socket 2011 is one fast CPU! That combined with a 0.022 micron manufacturing process the data speaks for itself. For example, lets re-dig into the data for the External Flow Over a Truck Body with a Polyhedral Mesh (truck_poly_14m) benchmark and see what we find:
Here is the up to the minute pricing for each CPU’s. I took these prices off of NewEgg and IngramMicro’s website. The date of the monetary values was captured on October 4, 2013.
Note AMD’s price per CPU went up and the INTEL XEON e5-2690 went down. Again, these prices based on today’s pricing, October 4, 2013.
AMD Opteron 6308 Abu Dhabi 3.5GHz 4MB L2 Cache 16MB L3 Cache Socket G34 115W Quad-Core Server Processor OS6308WKT4GHKWOF
Intel Xeon E5-2690 2.90 GHz Processor – Socket LGA-2011, L2 Cache 2MB, L3 Cache 20 MB, 8 GT/s QPI
Intel Xeon E5-2667V2 3.3 GHz Processor – Socket LGA-2011, L2 Cache 2MB, L3 Cache 25 MB, 8 GT/s QPI,
INTEL XEON e5-2690
AMD Opteron 6308
STEP OUT OF THE BOX, STEP INTO A CUBE
PADT offers a line of high performance computing (HPC) systems specifically designed for CFD and FEA number crunching aimed at a balance between cost and performance. We call this concept High Value Performance Computing, or HVPC. These systems have allowed PADT and our customers to carry out larger simulations, with greater accuracy, in less time, at a lower cost than name-brand solutions. This leaves you more cash to buy more hardware or software.
It is a busy couple of days for PADT and Academia. Jeff Strain is visiting with customers in Albuquerque and popped in to the “Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics” class at the University of New Mexico to give a talk on the ANSYS products and give some on real world insight in to using finite elements in industry.
We were also happy to attend Industry Day at the University of Denver’ School of Engineering & Computer Science. It was another great opportunity to interact with students, give them some real world feedback, and meet with other technology companies in the area.
Another great customer success to report:
Orbital Sciences Corporation, a PADT customer and former employer of several staff members, was the second company to commercially doc with the International Space Station. Those other guys in California owned by the Internet Billionaire always get the bigger press, so we wanted to do a shout out to the OSC team and let them know we are proud of them and all they accomplish, often out of the media spotlight.
Read all about it in this Wall Street Journal Article:
We started working with the Arizona group back when they were Space Data Corporation and we have seen success followed by success as they prove out to be the less flashy leader in commercial space. Most people don’t know that OSC made had their 500th mission back in 2006. We are proud to support them as one of their suppliers and wish them further luck in this and other programs.
Sometimes you get lucky. It was 95F or so, humid as heck, and we had hundreds of people coming for an Arizona Technology Council and PADT Open House combined event. The good news is one of our long time tenants had just move out to a smaller space across the lake so we had there former bullpen area open and, most importantly, air conditioned. Cancel the tents, break out the vacuums
Everything came together and we had a great event. Around 300 guests checked in, and suspect a few more sneak in and out before we could grab their contact information.
The evening started with drinks and food and a lot of networking. Eight participants in the AZTC partner program were there to talk about the programs and discounts they offer council members. The Falcon robotics team from Carl Hayden High School was also able to come and show off two of their robots.
After some brief talking by Steven Zylstra, the AZTC President, and Eric Miller, one of PADT’s owners (me), everyone got back to some serious networking and Mexican food eating before the tours of PADT’s facility began at 6:00.
The best part of the networking was watching PADT’s customers, vendors, and friends mingle and get to know each other. Connections were being made all over the room. Even PADT’s telepresence robot made an appearance and wondered around the room.
During the tours, PADT employees shows off their work (well, the stuff we can show) in Simulation, Product Development, and Rapid Prototyping. As expected, the 3D Printers were the big hit but we heard back from many attendees that they found the talk on Simulation very interesting. Us old FEA guys like to get some attention.
In the end we found that we had a problem. With 30 some PADT employees in attendance, all with smart phones in their pockets, we only took one pictures. the bottom line was that we were all having such a good time interacting with people that we forgot to snap some shots. Fortunately, Russ Olinsky, one of the guests, was kind enough to send us a picture from the tour. (If you have any pictures you can share, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)).
Things wrapped up around 9:00, with most people gone at 8:00. We hope that all of you who came enjoyed it as much as we did.
We hope to see all of you, and those who could not make it, at our 20th anniversary bash in the spring!
PADT is attending this years Sandia Technology Showcase for the first time this year. A great turnout:
The Purpose of the showcase is:
The 2nd Annual Sandia Research & Technology Showcase presents cutting edge research and technology development taking place at Sandia National Laboratories. The 2013 Showcase will focus on four themes: bioscience, computing & information science, energy & climate, and nanodevices & microsystems. The event will also provide information on doing business with Sandia National Laboratories through licensing, partnerships, procurement, and economic development programs. One Click Power can guide you in more better way to provide knowledge about technology.
We are very excited at looking to see if any of these technologies fit PADT as new product for us, and we are ready and waiting to help others turn the innovation coming from the labs into viable commercial products.
A quick video showing a new way to create section planes by using coordinate systems.
We are very pleased to announce that PADT is opening new local office in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the Sandia Science and Technology Park. The office will focus on providing sales, technical support, 3D Printer maintenance, and a meeting space to better serve customers in New Mexico.
Some of PADT’s earliest customers came from the state of New Mexico, and the company provides products, support, and services to many organizations in the area, including all of the major universities, the National Labs, and dozens of commercial companies. The new office will allow the local team, and employees visiting from PADT’s Colorado or Arizona locations, the opportunity to work in a familiar location, have direct access to PADT’s infrastructure, and provide customers a location to view the 3D Printing, simulation, and product development technologies that PADT offers. The location at the Eubank entrance to Kirtland AFB and Sandia National Labs give direct access to the highest concentration of PADT customers in the state.
The sales team in the PADT New Mexico office will focus on distributing three products lines: The first is the complete suite of simulation software from ANSYS, Inc. (ANSS) (www.ANSYS.com). These tools are used by companies around the world to simulate products before testing, resulting in better performance for less cost and in less time. The second line of products are the 3D Printer and Direct Digital Manufacturing systems from Stratasys (SSYS) (www.STRATASYS.com). Both ANSYS, Inc. and Stratasys are the world leaders in their respective markets, and PADT is proud to be one of their reselling partners for Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. The third product line is PADT’s CUBE Systems, (www.padtinc.com/cube-hvpc) their own brand of High Value Performance Computers specifically designed and configured for the advanced simulation user.
Additionally, the office will serve as a place for PADT’s technical staff to work together at a single location, providing simulation consulting, training and technical support. As the company grows, the area has sufficient expansion opportunities to allow for more employees and equipment.
You can read the official announcement on the press release:
Here are some images of the new office:
The office is literally on the corner of Research and Innovation at:
PADT New Mexico
1451 Innovation Parkway
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Still working on signage, but we used a large monitor to add a little touch to the entrance
The office is located at the Sandia Science and Technology Park on the east side of Albuquerque, just south of I-40 near the Eubank gate to Kirtland AFB and Sandia National Labs: