Show/Hide Force Vectors

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Show/Hide Force Vectors

Forces toolbar > Show Force Vectors

Icon-Force-Vectors-Show

Visibility toolbar > Show Force-Vectors

Icon-Force-Vectors-Hide

Visibility toolbar > Hide Force-Vectors

Menu :

Add menu > Forces sub-menu > Display Force Vectors

Force Vectors show only when...

Force toolbar > Calculate Forces is active

A minimum of one kinematic-chain is kinematically-defined

A minimum of one Part in the kinematic-chain has mass(kg)- see Cad-Line dialog-box | Mass Properties

Filters toolbar > Display Part-Outlines is active


Force-Vectors in the graphic-area (see below: Force Vectors show only when...)

Location: from Pin-Joints and Slide-Joints, Springs, Cam Contacts, gear contacts, belts.

Color: each Force Vector that acts on a Part is the color of the Part-Outline (see below - colors: Part-Outlines and Force-Vectors).

Direction: direction of the force

Length: scaled to the magnitude (see also: Vector scaling buttons).

Magnitude: at the arrowhead of each vector

Rotary Motor Moment / Torque

Moment Location: at each Pin-Joint with a Rotary Motor (see also: Configure Power Source)

Moment Length: proportional to the magnitude of the moment/torque

Linear Motor Driving Force

Vector Location: at each Slide-Joint with a Linear Motor (see also: Configure Power Source)

Vector Length: proportional to the magnitude of the driving force to balance the Load.

Colors: Part-Outlines and Force-Vectors

When you show Force-Vectors, each Part-Outline becomes the same color as the Force-Vectors that ACT-ON the Part.

To identify the Force-Vectors that act on a Part: hover above a Part-Outline; the Part-Outline AND the Force-Vectors will become RED.  

Use the Configure Power Source to edit the color of each Force-Vector, or hide the Force-Vector.

See also: Kinetostatic Torque and Speed dialog