Autodesk Unveils Design App for iPad

posted on 11/17/2011 3:49:41 PM

Running on the wireless mobile device, ForceEffect allows an engineer to capture design constraints in the field to determine product viability.

For the engineer road warrior, Autodesk has introduced a new wireless application that enables the simulation of design concepts directly on the Apple iPad.

Autodesk ForceEffect brings simulation to the point of the problem by providing a way to analyze design concepts in the field. Unlike the traditional approach of using paper, pencil, and a calculator to develop equations for design options, Autodesk ForceEffect does all the simulation and engineering calculations on the wireless mobile device, the company said. This provides a quick view of options during the concept phase to determine the viability of a design.

According to Autodesk, ForceEffect provides an environment for drawing, constraining, and simulating concepts using free-body diagrams by simply tapping objects to select, move, rotate, and scale. Users create diagrams by leveraging existing design images or starting new systems from scratch.

Users can draw more details, such as joints, supports, and loads, and then compute reaction forces. In addition, the geometry can be easily manipulated on the design to calculate new reaction forces, for example.

From the iPad, ForceEffect generates a report that can be printed, e-mailed, or viewed using any Web browser. In addition, export capabilities enable easy workflow continuation in any CAD design application, the company said.

“This user-friendly app can greatly benefit engineers and students who need to quickly and easily evaluate their designs up front in the design process,” said Robert Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk’s Manufacturing Industry Group, in a statement.

And the price is right. Autodesk ForceEffect, according to the company, is available as a free download from the App Store on iPad or at the iTunes App Store.