Autodesk ForceEffect Motion extends mobile simulation

The free iOS app tests impact of motion behavior in mechanical systems with moving parts.

Autodesk has released a second mobile simulation app. New Autodesk ForceEffect Motion for iOS devices simulates developing and testing mechanical systems with moving parts (scissor lift, windshield wipers, automobile engine, robotics, etc.). The free app is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It joins Autodesk ForceEffect, a simulation app for calculating forces on a static object.

Users start by importing an existing image or creating a freehand sketch and adding functional mechanical joints, actuators, constraints and supports. Once assembled, users simply tap objects to select, move, rotate and scale. Real-time solving capabilities provide immediate feedback on the system’s performance, which users can then print, email or view as a results report on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or any other device with an HTML-enabled browser.

ForceEffect Motion users can continue their workflow by directly exporting their mechanism to Autodesk ForceEffect to conduct a detailed static load analysis, or by sharing it with other CAD applications via export capabilities.

ForceEffect Motion also features full integration with Autodesk 360, a new cloud-based storage and collaboration platform.

Features include:

  • Real-time solving capabilities and immediate feedback on simulation performance.
  • Print, email, or view a results report on any HTML-enabled browser or mobile device.
  • Familiar iOS gesture commands provide interaction for drawing, constraining, and simulating concepts; tap objects to select, and then move, rotate, and scale.
  • Solutions for statically determinate and over-constrained or indeterminate problems.
  • Store, share and collaborate with Autodesk 360. Export capabilities via DXF files and email for file sharing.
  • Freehand sketching of elements and construction lines with snaps, constraints, inferencing and dimensions.
  • Create functional mechanical joints (welded, pinned, sliding, collar, crossing).
  • Create supports (fixed pin, grounded, sliding collar).
  • Mechanism animation and functional drag.
  • Analyze positional data by adding trace points (trace path, velocity vectors).
  • Interactive graphing of trace points (velocity, displacement, acceleration).
  • Create Actuators (motors, linear).
  • Results reporting with picture, animation, graph and graph data table.
  • Save and load files from Autodesk Cloud.
  • Export mechanism directly to ForceEffect to easily conduct static load analysis
  • In-app tutorials.