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Mastering Autodesk® Inventor® 2012 and Autodesk® Inventor LT™ 2012 by Curtis Waguespack

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Conducting Dynamic Simulations

Dynamic simulation is useful during the prototyping stages of design to test the function of interacting parts and for use in failure analysis where interacting parts enact stresses upon one another. When creating a dynamic simulation, you should follow the basic workflow listed here:

  1. Define joints to establish component relationships.
  2. Define environmental constraints such as gravity, forces, imposed motions, joint friction, and joint torque.
  3. Run the simulation.
  4. Analyze the output grapher to determine maximum or minimum stress at a given time step, maximum or minimum velocities, and so on.
  5. Export the results to the Stress Analysis environment for motion stress analysis simulation.

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