Force Menus and Toolbars

Terminology

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
Spring 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.

Note: Visibility toolbar > Show Forces ABOVE the graphic-area to show the Force Vectors.


Globe-www On-line Tutorial: Tutorial 13: Forces Introduction


Forces sub-menu

The Force menu is a sub-menu to the Add menu.

Menu-Forces

Forces toolbar

The Forces toolbar is at the TOP of the vertical panel to the right-side of the graphic-area, in the Mechanism-Editor.

Toolbar-Forces

 

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