Software company Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) has announced that Autodesk ForceEffect Motion, a new mobile simulation app for developing and testing mechanical systems with moving parts (scissor lift, windshield wipers, automobile engine, robotics, etc.), is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The announcement was made Friday, April 13.
ForceEffect Motion expands the Autodesk portfolio of mobile simulation apps, which also includes Autodesk ForceEffect, a simulation app that lets users calculate forces on a static object (building, bridge, furniture, machine, etc.) — a process typically done with longhand calculations and paper-and-pencil drawings.
“Autodesk ForceEffect Motion brings engineering to the point of the design problem that engineers are trying to solve in the field, in the office or in the classroom,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and Simulation at Autodesk. “Now you have the tools to develop conceptual mechanical designs right on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.”
Autodesk ForceEffect Motion enables engineers, students and technical DIY enthusiasts to evaluate their designs early in the design process, thereby empowering rapid concept evaluation. It tackles a calculation-intensive engineering activity where users spend most of their time – on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Users start by importing an existing image or creating a freehand sketch and adding functional mechanical joints, actuators, constraints and supports. Within this intuitive environment, users simply tap objects to select, move, rotate and scale.
Real-time solving capabilities provide immediate feedback on the system’s performance, which users can then print, email or view as a results report on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or any other device with an HTML-enabled browser.
ForceEffect Motion users can more easily continue their workflow by directly exporting their mechanism to Autodesk ForceEffect to conduct a detailed static load analysis, or by sharing it with other CAD applications via export capabilities.
Autodesk ForceEffect Motion also features full integration with Autodesk 360, a cloud-based storage and collaboration platform that helps users improve the way they design, visualize, simulate and share their work with others — anytime, anywhere and from any device.
The Autodesk ForceEffect Motion App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at iTunes App Store.