Animate This button shows the device in action when the solution is returned. Click anywhere on the device to activate it again. A Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of stresses is shown as well. In the FlexWorks Download Version there are additional analysis tools.
Scale Choose English or metric to change the scale.
Mount Area There will be beams that need to be grounded, or fixed at one end, for functionality. This optional feature allows you to specify an area where you are able to fix, or mount, the grounds. This is used when you are trying to get close to existing mounts, or when part of the device will be cantilevered in space. To activate this feature, check the box under Options “Show Mount” for an additional boundary box. Then specify the area where you need the beams to be grounded. This may limit the ability for the resolver to find a solution to meet all requirements.
Beam min/max Each beam will be split into sections that look like steps in thickness. These will be smoothed in the final IGES file, but are used for the FEA. In the online version, the number of sections has been defaulted to 4. In the FlexWorks Download Version, this is selectable and view of the smoothed version can be toggled.
Out Force Short for Output Force, this optional value is in the Options menu. This represents how much force your device needs to exert on something to move or activate it. Similar to Spring Force because it will also be the force stored in the device to return to its natural state. The resolver code will consider this value when determining the length, width and out-of-plane depth of the beams. The beams will be made more rigid to not buckle under this force. Note: The force vector shown will not change size when increasing the default value. In the FlexWorks Download Version, this vector can be specified at an angle independent of the Output vector angle. The out-of-plane width/Z depth can be specified, along with buckling and safety factors.