We use the term force in a general way for each of these force types:
|•||Kinetostatic Action and Reaction Forces|
|•||Drive Moment and Torques|
|•||Cam Contact Forces|
We use the term Drive Torque for the torque needed at the output of a motor or gearbox to drive the mechanism.
We use the term Drive Force for the linear force needed from a linear motor or 'linear-device' to drive the mechanism.
Use the Force menu and Force toolbar to:
|•||Calculate Forces and optionally to show Force Vectors.|
|•||Configure which element would receive the power from a drive motor.|
|•||Add a Spring FB to apply a force function between two Points.|
|•||Add a Force-Data FB to measure the force that acts on an element.|
On-line Tutorial: Tutorial 13: Forces Introduction
The Force menu is a sub-menu to the Add menu.
The Forces toolbar is at the TOP of the vertical panel to the right-side of the graphic-area, in the Mechanism-Editor.