Since 2008 Applied CAx has guided companies to realize innovative value from their digital tools. We use the software, we’re experts in it, and we can make you an expert also. Our deep bench of engineers and support staff helps companies improve their engineering methods every day, whether it’s through software licenses, CAD workflows, CAE support, CAM posts, or PLM architecture. That’s why our motto is “we do this every day.

Please take a look around and review our FEMAP & NX Nastran packages, our NX software packages, our upcoming training classes, and our resources. And feel free to contact us at any time.



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Applied CAx was founded in 2008 and has quickly grown to become a gold-level Siemens PLM solution partner with clients across North America. Our customers cover a diverse range of industries from aerospace and energy to automotive, marine and high tech electronics manufacturers. Over the years, companies have come to rely upon our real-world knowledge for software recommendations, instructor-led training, technical support and, above all, peace of mind.


Sherpa Design

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Sherpa Design
is a fast growing mechanical engineering and design services firm founded by Pat Barrett in 2001. Specializing in 3-D modeling using popular CAD systems such as NX, Pro/Engineer and Solidworks, Sherpa employs more than a dozen top notch mechanical and design engineers. Sherpa's services include rapid prototyping, product design and on-site mechanical engineering contract services. In addition, Sherpa Design offers clients 3-D printing, coordinated measurement inspections (CMM) and short run machine shop (CNC) services.


Predictive Engineering

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Predictive Engineering
is a finite element analysis (FEA) consultancy founded by George Laird, Ph.D., P.E. in 1995. Specializing in analysis tools Femap & NX Nastran, CFdesign and LS-DYNA, Predictive provides clients with a host of advanced engineering simulation and analysis services, including CFD consulting, LS-DYNA services, and LS-DYNA training. Whether it be software solutions or consulting, Predictive Engineering has the knowledge, experience and technology to help your company take full advantage of FEA.



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Our CAE (FEMAP, NX Nastran, LS-DYNA & STAR CCM+) expert George Laird

George Laird, Phd, PE, is Principal Mechanical Engineer for Applied CAx and Predictive Engineering. Author of over 40 publications on wear, fracture mechanics and finite element analysis, and the “Abrasion-Resistant Cast Iron Handbook.” Dr. Laird has 16+ years of industrial LS-DYNA / FEMAP / CFD experience, with his doctorate in engineering mechanics (fracture and fatigue). His scientific research focused on structure property relationships for composite materials, ceramics and…
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Our CAD-CAM-PLM solutions expert Patrick Barrett

Patrick Barrett is director of CAD-CAM-PLM solutions for Applied CAx, and founder & owner of Sherpa Design. Pat’s many specialties include mechanical product design, rapid prototyping, business development, user training, and getting it done. Pat has more than 18 years of mechanical consulting and product development experience. Before founding Sherpa Design in 2001, he received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and worked at an east coast…
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Our FEMAP, API and NX Nastran expert Adrian Jensen

Adrian Jensen, PE, is Senior Application Engineer for Applied CAx and Director of Engineering at Predictive Engineering. With 8+ years of experience, Adrian specializes in all things FEMAP: geometry modeling, meshing, analysis, post processing and programming with the FEMAP API. Adrian studied mechanical engineering at Oregon State University and puts his background to use at Predictive Engineering as a simulation engineer. His curriculum vitae includes stress, vibration, flow and heat transfer…
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Our NX CAD expert Matt Martin

Matt Martin is Mechanical Design Engineer for Applied CAx and Sherpa Design, handling our NX CAD support and aspects of our Teamcenter services. Matt has been with the team since 2006 and is our go-to expert for CAD support, service, and training. Matt provides mechanical design services for Sherpa Design and has years of experience working throughout the industry. He's earned a reputation as the "go-to" person to take workflows and techniques to another level. His expertise is sought after by…
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Our CAD-CAM-PLM Technical Account Manager Taylor Saul

Our technical account manager, Taylor Saul, is your first point of contact for licensing issues with CAD-CAM-PLM. Projects he has overseen include working with a Tier-1 international automotive supplier to develop & implement a full-scale PLM program; working with an international agricultural engineer-to-order manufacturer to transition to NX and implement Teamcenter; and helping precision machine shops throughout the Pacific NW on training, workflow development, template creation and…
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Our CAE - FEMAP Technical Account Manager Jeremy Russell

Jeremy Russell is your CAE point of contact for licensing issues with FEMAP, Simcenter 3D and Fibersim. He can help coordinate your support, on-boarding information, and other software services. He can help manage your portfolio of investments in Siemens solutions, allowing your team to improve their design, analysis and production capabilities. You can reach him at (503) 962-0287,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Our Teamcenter expert Randy Ellsworth

Randy Ellsworth is one of Applied CAx's Teamcenter Solution Architect and resident Teamcenter experts. Randy provides strategic consulting, aligning Teamcenter with business needs to generate an architecture, landscape and road map. As well, Randy provides comprehensive installation and configuration of Teamcenter, Teamcenter CAD integrations (mainly NX but also for SolidWorks and Creo), and conducts site assessments and performance evaluations. His additional Teamcenter services include…
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Our Teamcenter expert Arden Bedell

Arden Bedell is one of Applied CAx's Teamcenter Architect and resident Teamcenter experts. Arden provides strategic consulting, aligning Teamcenter with business practices to control access, align workflows and define their data schema. Arden has broad-based experience in computer aided engineering, proven team leadership skills, and an understanding of the importance of customer satisfaction. He provides administration, user support, and installation of Teamcenter, Teamcenter Visualization and…
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Our NX Application Engineer Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis is NX Application Engineer for Applied CAx, focusing on CAM and process improvements. Along with a deep proficiency in NX, Elizabeth is skilled in utilizing NX Open to create timesaving applications for NX. Her technical skills include programming languages (C#, Java, C++, MATLAB), Capital Harness Systems (CHS), and Agile Oracle PLM. After gaining bachelors in both Physics and Mechanical Engineering, she completed her Master's of Engineering from Portland State University. She…
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Our NX CAM Programmer Machinist Aaron Blake

Aaron Blake is our manufacturing engineer. With 6+ years of experience specializing in all things CAM, CNC, and manufacturing, Aaron helps with our NX CAM support questions. More importantly he manages our 5-axis machining projects at Sherpa Design day in and day out, refining the programming and getting projects to the finish line. One of his favorite work duties is looking at parts and figuring out the best way for them to be manufactured. As he says, "I'm proud to have manufactured parts…
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Our Senior Mechanical Engineer Nate Ginzton

Nate Ginzton is Senior Mechanical Engineer for Applied CAx and Sherpa Design. Trained at Stanford and the University of Washington, Nate is a hands‐on engineer with experience in electronics packaging, machine design, composites and a wide variety of manufacturing processes. Comfortable at every stage of product development, from brainstorming and detailed design through drafting and lifecycle testing. He is fluent in computer‐aided design, able to create high‐quality surfaces of complex…
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Our NX CAM Application Engineer Matt Reynolds

Matt Reynolds is one of our NX CAM applications engineers. His focuses and specialties are in CAM programming, hardware prototyping, NX CAM support, and manufacturing in general. Matt earned his Bachelors of Engineering with a mechanical design concentration from Dartmouth College, where he spent his senior project building snowboard binding prototypes. During his time as a student, Matt worked at the Thayer School Machine Shop, cultivating a healthy appreciation for machining and thoughtful…
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Our Thermal Analysis and CFD expert Clay Hearn

Clay Hearn, Phd, is Staff Mechanical Engineer at Predictive Engineering with over 15 years experience. Clay gained his initial experience at the the Center for Electromechanics (CEM), a self-funded research organization at the University of Texas at Austin. CEM specializes in applications of pulse power, energy storage, and advanced transportation technologies, and as research engineer, Clay worked on a wide variety of programs. Project highlights from this time include free piston linear…
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Our FEMAP support mechanical engineer Brian Kolb

Brian Kolb EIT, is Staff Engineer at Predictive Engineering and FEMAP support provider for Applied CAx. Brian obtained his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University. After gaining much work experience, he returned to school at Portland State University and obtained his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering focusing on Failure Analysis, Material Science, FEA, and design. Brian has quickly adapted to Predictive Engineering’s FEA environment utilizing FEMAP,…
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Our CAE support mechanical engineer Kenneth Gollins

Kenneth Gollins, PhD, is a Staff Mechanical Engineer at Predictive Engineering. Kenneth obtained his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Vermont. After gaining two years of industry experience as a design engineer, he decided to further his passion for engineering by pursuing a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY). While at CCNY, he worked as a research engineer in the Material Processing and Solid Mechanics Laboratory…
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Our Teamcenter Architect Jamie Griffis

Jamie is part of our growing PLM team, focusing on Teamcenter implementations and upgrades, data migrations and CAD Integrations (mainly SolidEdge but also SolidWorks). She is deeply familiar with infrastructure architecture for new Teamcenter implementations and CAD integrations. She was CAD manager for 8+ years implementing and managing 2D/3D CAD and Teamcenter in multiple international sites, and migrating all legacy engineering data to a Teamcenter database. As well she implemented upgrades…
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Simcenter and NX CAE instructor Jacob Livshits

Jacob is a third-generation mechanical engineer, specializing in stress and structural analysis. He has more than 15 years of experience in finite element analysis of structures, mostly airborne, and in his career works as an individual specialist, providing complete technical solutions with little or no external support. For the last 6+ years he has worked at an Israeli SPLM reseller/sole representative, championing Siemens PLM’s ever increasing portfolio of engineering simulation software,…