Tutorial 13: Forces: Introduction

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Tutorial 13: Forces: Introduction

Force Analysis

The objective of this tutorial is to understand and how to use the:

Forces toolbar


Configure Power Source dialog-box

WarningGravitational Force acts vertically down, () in the direction of Model's 'Global – Y-axis'. The 'Front View' (Short-Cut: F3 key) Therefore, when the force results will be important, you must start the model on the plane that represents the orientation of the actual machine. If, later you want to move a mechanism to a different plane, you must save the Model as a Library File, then select a different Plane to open the Library File.

GST-Icon-Force-FB-Spring Forces in MechDesigner

Step 13.0: Understand Forces in MechDesigner

Step 13.1A: A Stationary Rocker

Step 13:1B: A Stationary Slider, a Slider moving at Constant-Velocity, and an Accelerating Slider

Step 13.2: A Rocker supported by a Spring

Step 13.3: A Rotating Rocker

Step 13.4: A Rocker Supported by a 2D-Cam – Configure Power Source

Step 13.5: A Motion and Maximum Cam Speed

Step 13.6: Select a Motor and Gearbox

Summary of Forces toolbar


Click to Show or Hide toolbar icons.

Click to Calculate Forces for all elements.

Add to Analyze the Force / Torque at a Joint.

To move the Power-Source to a different Joint, 2D-Cam, Spring, or Gear.

Click two Points to add a Spring FB. Edit to define its parameters.

Click to Show or Hide Force-Vectors for all elements.