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.
Colour: each Force Vector that acts on a Part is the colour of the Part-Outline (see below - Colours: 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.

Colours: Part-Outlines and Force-Vectors

When you show Force-Vectors, each Part-Outline becomes the same colour 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 colour of each Force-Vector, or hide the Force-Vector.

See also: Kinetostatic Torque and Speed dialog

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