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Use the ForceEffect Luke!

Defeat the Dark Side of Design with Autodesk Simulation Apps

Janice Miller, Secondary Education Program Manager Autodesk, Inc.


Erik Levin, ME Grad Student University of Maryland

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Computer-Aided-Engineering (CAE) software tools are essential components of the modern design
process, improving productivity and complex problem-solving. Helping students learn what tools are
available to them early in their academic careers can inspire passion for engineering, resulting in a larger
group of creative and relevant graduates entering the workforce. In this session, we will discuss how
modern students learn, and why it is essential to move beyond the textbook in order to bridge the gap
between theoretical and practical application. Discover how mobile apps allow students to perform
simulation and engineering calculations right from their iPads, with Autodesk ForceEffect for static
systems analysis and Autodesk ForceEffect Motion for mechanical systems. Learn how easy it is to
use these apps and integrate them into your classroom in order to capture student interest and attention,
while linking them to the basic concepts presented in traditional textbooks.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this class, you will be able to:


Understand how the new generations of students learn differently with the advent of mobile
technology.
Use mobile apps, Autodesk ForceEffect and Autodesk ForceEffect Motion, to perform
simulation and engineering calculations for static and dynamic systems.
Adopt real-world examples that inspire students passion for engineering.
Adopt Autodesk Simulation apps in the classroom to bridge the gap between new learning
technologies and traditional textbooks.
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About the Speakers

Janice C. Miller Janice is the Education Program Manager for Secondary Education within Autodesk,
where she executes scalable programs while maintaining a keen ear to the needs and challenges
students and faculty face today. She most recently launched the Autodesk Simulation Workshop at
www.autodesk.com/simulationworkshop. Janice has held roles in both the Manufacturing Industry Group
and Worldwide Education at Autodesk, focusing on global projects. She served as Director of Education
at an M&E ATC in Florida, where she developed custom training programs for partnerships including
Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Herman Miller, and Disney. Early in her career Janice was a DVD
Author and Producer, and also worked as a freelance Audio Engineer. She earned a Master of Arts
degree in Telecommunication from Michigan State University with a specialization in Interactive Design
& Technology, and spent four years teaching in the department where she discovered her passion for
working with students. janice.miller@autodesk.com

Erik Levin Erik is a current graduate student at the University of Maryland working toward his Masters
in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Graduate Research Assistant focusing on optimization and design
automation. Erik is an Autodesk Student Expert Regional Manager, and he evangelizes about free
student software access via the Autodesk Education Community, also teaching peers how to use
Autodesk software campus wide. Erik uses Autodesk products every day, primarily Autodesk Inventor in
his designs. He is also a section instructor in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University
of Maryland. edlevin@terpmail.umd.edu

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Introduction
This handout serves as a supplement to this eight-module video class, containing useful tips,
links and resources, and step-by-step written instructions for select example exercises presented
in the videos.

Module 1 Use the ForceEffect Luke!


We hope you enjoyed our short parody film, The Force Effect. Many of you can likely identify
with the frustrations Dirk Vader was going through, and this class will teach you how to overcome
them with Autodesk mobile apps, ForceEffect and ForceEffect Motion.

Module 2 Emerging Technologies in Learning


Technology Outlook for STEM Education

The 2012 New Media Consortium recently released an extensive report on the impact of
emerging technologies on teaching, learning, and research in STEM education over the next five
years. This extensive study, called the Technology Outlook for STEM+ Education 2012-2017:
An NMC Horizon Report Sector Analysis describes the significant impact emerging technologies
are likely to have on education around the globe.

In addition to the topics we focus on in this class, Mobile Apps and Tablet Computing, the report
covers the following:

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less


o Cloud Computing
o Collaborative Environments
o Mobile Apps
o Social Networking
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
o Augmented Reality
o Learning Analytics
o Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
o Personal Learning Environments
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
o Collective Intelligence
o The Internet of Things
o Natural User Interfaces (NUIs)
o Wearable Technology
Top Ten Trends
Top Ten Challenges
Methodology
2012 Horizon Project STEM+ Advisory Board

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You can find a copy of the report in its entirety included with the materials for this class. The file
name is: ED5765-V_Miller_2012_STEM_Outlook_Report.pdf and it is located in the
Additional Materials section on the website for this class.

Modern Students Learn Differently

Modern students of today expect to be able to learn and study whenever and wherever they want,
and more and more students own their own mobile devices as the cost of technology drops. A
vast amount of resources made easily accessible through the Internet in many parts of the world
is also challenging educators to rethink their roles in the classroom.

Mobile apps are particularly useful in education because they enable students to learn and
experience new concepts wherever they are, often across multiple devices like smartphones and
tablets. This brings learning right to the student, even outside of the classroom setting and that
can be a powerful motivator. Mobile apps also provide STEM students with learning experiences
and practice activities in a fun technology environment for example, there are biology apps for
virtual frog dissection, and chemistry apps that allow 3D views of the periodic table.

Because of the cool-factor of moving beyond a flat textbook, we can also use mobile apps and
games as an on-ramp to spark interest in STEM subjects, and this may occur in kids who never
even thought of exploring such disciplines!

Of course, there are also challenges to adoption of emerging technologies in learning that must
be recognized and overcome. Key challenges include lack of formal technology training for
teachers, the educational institutions own resistance to change, gaps in access to new tools for
global students, and making online content more mobile-friendly at a rapid pace.

Module 3 Why Use ForceEffect and ForceEffect Motion?

This module introduces two easy to use mobile apps that help students perform simple
engineering calculations for static analysis and dynamic simulation. Autodesk ForceEffect and
Autodesk ForceEffect Motion can easily be adopted in the classroom because these intuitive
apps do not require extensive training or expertise to use effectively.

Simulation Apps Must be Easy to Use

Two free apps called Autodesk ForceEffect and ForceEffect Motion provide a cool new way to
look at statics and kinematics. These apps allow you to perform static system analysis and
dynamic simulation, with real-time solving and instant feedback, all from the convenience of your
tablet or smartphone!

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Mobile Apps for Statics and Dynamics Problems


Real-time solving and instant feedback
Two Flavors:
o Autodesk ForceEffect for Static system analysis
Create point and distributed loads
Add fixed and sliding pin supports
Calculate reaction forces, moments and unknown forces
o Autodesk ForceEffect Motion for Dynamic (kinematic) simulation
Develop mechanical systems with moving parts
Create functional mechanical joints
Analyze positional data by adding trace points
Create actuators
Get information about the movement of mechanisms, and whether they
are over constrained or under constrained
Both Apps
o Import photos directly from your phone or tablet camera-roll so you can sketch
right over top of them to create free body diagrams
o Generate detailed analysis reports
o Export DXF files for design collaboration
o Connect to the Autodesk 360 cloud for data sharing and collaboration

Reasons Why You CAN and SHOULD Use ForceEffect in Your Classes

Despite some reservations you may have about using these apps because youre either not
trained on mobile technology or its simply outside your comfort zone, fear not! They are SO
easy to use that you do not need technological expertise to run them.

Both apps are designed to be easy to use. This is all you need to know:

You know what a free-body diagram is.


You want to solve for unknowns.
You already know the basic textbook principles.
You do not need technical expertise.
Apps are easy to install and start using.
You want to help (and impress!) your students!

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Module 4 - An Introduction to ForceEffect


Introduction

During this section we will explain the basic features and capabilities of Autodesk ForceEffect.
Once we cover the basics, we will interpret the results which the app presents the user with.

Main Gallery Screen

Once you launch the Autodesk ForceEffect app, you will see the main gallery screen shown below:

Here is an explanation of each button shown on this screen:

Create a new diagram.

Load a diagram from Autodesk 360. (Cloud based sharing platform)

Sign in, sign out, or manage/create your Autodesk 360 account.

The following menu will load when this button is pressed:

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Help and tutorials for using the app; if you are ever lost use this button to get back on track.

Send the current diagram by e-mail (.afe format) or DXF (.dfx format).

Save your diagram or DXF file to the Autodesk 360 cloud.

Copy the current diagram.

Delete the current diagram.

Diagram Screen

Once you tap the Create a new diagram button you will see:

Let us review what each button on this screen does:

Background Selections:

Take a picture to import as the background.

Import background from the photo album on your mobile device.

Import background from the Autodesk 360 cloud.

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Top Menu Bar:

Return to the main gallery screen.

Create a new diagram.

Undo most recent action.

Redo most recent action.

Zoom and center your diagram.

Solve for unknowns and produce report.

Change unit settings for current diagram.

When this is selected, the following box appears where you can adjust various unit settings:

Help and tutorials.

When this is selected the following options will appear:

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The Tooltips option is a very useful feature because this displays the label of all current buttons
on the screen. You can access additional help features by exploring the other menu areas.

Left Menu Bar:

Select Tool.

Show Elements Submenu.

Create Elements.

Once an element is input it will look one of two ways:

- Not fully constrained.

- Fully constrained.

Create Construction Line.

Show Loads Submenu.

Create Forces.

Create Unknown Forces.

Create Distributed Loads.

Create Moment.

Show Supports Submenu.

Create Sliding Pin Supports.

Create Fixed Pin Supports.

Create Grounded Supports.

Erase Mode.

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Using the select tool , tap and hold on the background, then release. You will see a wheel appear with
the following options:

Top Option Scale Forces to Fit.

Left Option Display Component Vectors.

Right Option Hide Background.

Bottom Option Change Background.

Using the select tool , tap and hold on an element, then release. You will see a wheel appear with the
following options:

Top Option Change Weight.

Left Option Scale Diagram.

Right Option Change Length.

Bottom Option Delete Element.

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Using the select tool , tap and hold on an element intersection, then release. You will see a wheel
appear with the following options:

Top Left Option Standard Joint.

Top Right Option Welded Pin.

Middle Left Option Sliding Joint.

Middle Right Option Break Element.

Bottom Option Delete Both Elements.

Using the select tool , tap and hold on a force, then release. You will see a wheel appear with the
following options:

Top Option Change Angle.

Left Option Scale Forces to Fit.

Right Option Change Magnitude.

Bottom Option Delete Force.

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Using the select tool , tap and hold on a moment force, then release. You will see a wheel appear with
the following options:

Top Option Change Magnitude.

Bottom Option Delete Moment Force.

Using the select tool , tap and hold on a support constraint, then release. You will see a wheel appear
with the following options:

Top Option Fixed Pin Support.

Left Option Sliding Pin Support.

Right Option Grounded Support.

Bottom Option Delete Support Constraint.

Degrees of Freedom Indicator

The Degrees of Freedom Indicator is always present in the top right corner of the screen. One of three
options will be displayed as you progress through the construction of your free body diagram:

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Indicates the diagram is in an indeterminate state. Some elements can move. Static calculations
cannot be executed. Add supports, welds, or additional elements to fix elements that are not fully
constrained.

Indicates the diagram is in an equilibrium state. The diagram is optimized for static calculations.
Calculation report will contain inputs, equations and calculation results.

Indicates over determinate (over constrained) state. There are redundant elements or supports
present. Static calculations based on numeric methods can be executed. Calculation report will contain
inputs and calculation results.

Solution Report Page

Tap the solve button on the top menu bar. The solution page appears. The various sections are
shown below:

The first section is your free body diagram:

The second section shows what inputs you have put into the free body diagram:

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The third section displays the results of the reaction forces solved for in the free body diagram:

The fourth section displays the equations used when solving for each element within the free body
diagram. The results are shown on the right hand side.

The fifth section shows the shear force and moment diagram for each element.

Note that for each element in the free body diagram, you will see the fourth and fifth sections displayed.

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Once you are finished reviewing the report the following options are available along the top bar:

Left Option Send report by email or Print.

Right Option Return to diagram screen.

Module 5 Various Examples Using ForceEffect (Demonstration)

Real World Example

In the video module for this class we present demonstrations for a textbook example, a real world
application, and a conceptual design problem. Because the steps are fundamentally the same for
each, here we will focus on one example for you to follow. These step-by-step instructions are
applicable for any statics problem within Autodesk ForceEffect.

Introduction

During this section we will provide you with the step-by-step instructions on how to solve the real
world example presented in video module 5.

Execution

1. Launch the ForceEffect app. Note in this example, we are using an iPad tablet.

2. From the main gallery screen, tap the in the top left corner.

3. In our example, the photo we want to use is located in our mobile device photo album. Select the

Photo Albums option shown in the background, and pick your real world picture
you wish to create a diagram over.

4. Once the background picture appears, you need to zoom-to-fit by tapping the button in
the top menu bar. This will center and display your picture at the correct size for your screen.

5. Next you need to create your free body diagram. Select the element button from the left
menu bar and begin drawing over the frame of your structure as shown below:

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a) Be sure to input the length of your first element so that your scale for size is correct;
otherwise if you enter the lengths at the end, elements may shift out of place.
b) When you tap the element so it turns green, the length is displayed. Now tap the length
number to input desired value.

6. Now that your elements are in place you need to add forces to the free body diagram using the

button in the left menu bar. Tap and drag where you would like the force to appear. Now
your diagram should look like this:

a. To change the force values, tap and hold on a force, and then select change
magnitude from the wheel.

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7. Finally, you need to add supports using the button in the left menu bar.

a. In this example we will use the pin support and sliding pin support.
b. Place these in the positions shown below:

c. Your lines should change from a solid line to a hashed-style line as these are placed.
When all of your lines are hashed, this lets you know that your diagram is now in
equilibrium and not in motion. Your free body diagram now has zero degrees of
freedom.

8. Now you are ready to solve your diagram. Tap the result button on the top menu bar. The
app will now solve your problem.

a. Be sure that the degree of freedom indicator is either (equilibrium) or (over


constrained) in order for this app to be able to produce a solution.

9. You may now review the results, displayed in the solution in order from the top to bottom:
a. Free body diagram
b. Inputs user defined
c. Results which the app has solved
d. Element by element results and equations used to solve the problem

i. Note: Equations will only be displayed in the report if the degree of


freedom indicator is shown in the diagram; otherwise only the result values will
be given (if your diagram is over constrained).
e. The shear and moment diagrams for each element will also be displayed

10. Once you are done viewing the report, click the button in the top right to return to your

diagram. You may also select the button to send your results via email or print them.

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Module 6 An Introduction to ForceEffect Motion


Introduction

During this section we will explain the basic features and capabilities of Autodesk ForceEffect
Motion. Once we cover the basics, we will interpret the results which the app presents the user
with.

Main Gallery Screen

Once you launch the ForceEffect Motion app, you will see the main gallery screen shown below:

It is important to note that all of the buttons located on this screen are the exact same as those in
ForceEffect, so there is no need to repeat them again here. Please refer to the notes on Module 4
of this document for the detailed explanation of these buttons.

Diagram Screen

Once you open a new diagram you will see:

The top menu bar has the same functionality as in ForceEffect, so again please refer to the notes
on Module 4 of this document for the detailed explanation.

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Left Menu Bar: This menu is slightly different in ForceEffect Motion:

Kinematic Select Mode.

Show Actuators Submenu.

Create Circular Actuator.

Create Linear Actuator.

Show Supports Submenu.

Create Piston.

Using the select tool , tap and hold on an element point, then release. You will see a wheel appear with
the following options:

Top Option Mark as Trace Point.

Bottom Option Delete Element.

If a Trace Point is already identified on the element point, the wheel will have a different top option:

Top Option Unmark Trace Point.

Bottom Option Delete Element.

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Using the select tool , tap and hold on a circular actuator, then release. You will see a wheel appear
with the following options:

Top Left Option Home Position.

Top Right Option Change Rotation Angle.

Middle Left Option Change Actuator Speed.

Middle Right Option Change Direction.

Bottom Delete Circular Actuator.

Using the select tool , tap and hold on a linear actuator, then release. You will see a wheel appear with
the following options:

Top Option Change Actuator Speed.

Bottom Option Delete Linear Actuator.

Degree of Freedom Indicator

The Degrees of Freedom Indicator is always present in the top right corner of the screen. One of three
options will be displayed as you progress through the construction of your free body diagram:

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Indicates the diagram is in equilibrium state. The mechanism cannot move - supports, welds, or
elements must be removed in order to free other elements. This problem can be solved in ForceEffect,
but not in ForceEffect Motion.

Indicates the mechanism in the diagram is able to move predictably and has a degree of freedom
of one.

Indicates the mechanism in the diagram will move unpredictably. The degree of freedom in the
diagram is too high and must be reduced by adding supports, welds, or additional elements.

Animation and Graphs

After an actuator is placed, an orange play button will put the diagram into motion, shown below:

After the diagram has cycled through motion, data points will be marked with arrows as shown below:

Tap the graph button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen to quickly view the data
collected. Drag your finger across the graph to see displacement, velocity, and acceleration values.

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Tapping the graph button again will close the graph.

Select the actuator in your diagram to open the animation toolbar at the bottom of the diagram screen:

Starting from left and moving right:

Step backwards one frame at a time.


Begin animation (play). Once pressed, press again to pause animation.
Record the mechanism movement into a MPG4 video. Video will be placed in your photo
library. If creating a report, video will be attached.
Stop movement and return to home position.
Step forward one frame at a time.
Send mechanism to Autodesk ForceEffect, email, or copy the diagram.

With the animation toolbar still at the bottom of the screen, tap the graph button and it will open
the graph with the animation toolbar along the side of the graph:

You will see a red line indicating your position on the graph. You can control this red line with the
animation toolbar, step forward or back, play and pause. This is a more accurate way to interpret the
graph results.

Solution Report Page

Tap the solve button on the top menu bar. The solution page appears. The various sections are
shown below:

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The first section is your free body diagram with data arrows shown. The amount of data points collected
depends on how long you let the diagram cycle through the motion.

The second section displays the displacement, velocity, and acceleration values on a graph.

The third section displays all the data values from the graph in a table format.

Once you are finished reviewing the report the following options are available along the top bar:

Left Option Send report by email or Print.

Right Option Return to diagram screen.

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Module 7 Various Examples Using ForceEffect Motion (Demonstration)

Real World Example

In the video module for this class we present demonstrations for a textbook example, a real world
application, and a conceptual design problem. Because the steps are fundamentally the same for
each, here we will focus on one example for you to follow. These step-by-step instructions are
applicable for any dynamics problem within Autodesk ForceEffect Motion.

Introduction

During this section we will provide you with the step-by-step instructions on how to solve the real
world example presented in video module 7.

Execution

1. Launch the ForceEffect Motion app. Note in this example, we are using an iPad tablet.

2. From the main gallery screen, tap the in the top left corner.

3. In our example, the photo we want to use is located in our mobile device photo album. Select the

Photo Albums option shown in the background, and pick your real world picture
you wish to create a diagram over.

4. Once the background picture appears, you need to zoom-to-fit by tapping the button in
the top menu bar. This will center and display your picture at the correct size for your screen.

5. Next you need to create your free body diagram. Select the element button from the left
menu bar and begin drawing over the frame of your structure as shown below:

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a) Be sure to input the length of your first element so that your scale for size is correct;
otherwise if you enter the lengths at the end, elements may shift out of place.
b) When you tap the element so it turns green, the length is displayed. Now tap the length
number to input desired value.
c) Adjust the pin types by tapping and holding on the end points of each element, and then
selecting the element connection type desired from the wheel. For this example we have
six weld pin connections as seen in the image above.

6. Now that your elements are in place, add actuators to the free body diagram using the show

actuator button in the left menu bar. Select the circular actuator . Tap where you would
like the actuator to appear. Now your diagram should look like this:

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a. Actuator speed values can be changed by tapping and holding, then selecting change
actuator speed from the wheel.

7. Finally, add supports using the button in the left menu bar.

a. In this example we will use the pin support .


b. Place these in the positions shown below:

c. As these are placed, your lines may change from a solid line (not fully constrained) to a
hashed-style line (fully constrained). It is important to note that with ForceEffect Motion
you do NOT want all your lines to be a hashed style because this would indicate it is in
equilibrium.

8. Now you are able to view your diagram in motion. Tap the orange play button on the actuator
to see the free body diagram move.

a. It is important to note that the degree of freedom indicator must be green in order
for the diagram to move and be solved properly.

9. You must place a trace point in order to tell the app what point you are interested in collecting
data on. Tap and hold on a point (in this example choose F), then select place trace point from
the wheel. You will now see a blue cross displayed on your chosen trace point.

a. Note: You can only collect data from one point at a time, so trace points must be
removed and replaced to repeat data collection for another location.

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10. Now click the orange play button on the actuator to create the motion. This time arrows will be
displayed from the trace point, showing that data is being collected about this point.

11. You can view the graph of displacement, velocity, and acceleration by selecting the graph

button in the lower right hand corner of the screen.

12. Once your data is collected and you are happy with it, select the results button in the top
menu bar.

13. You may now review the results, displayed in the solution in order from the top to bottom:
a. Free body diagram
b. Graph of displacement, velocity, and acceleration of trace point
c. Graph data table

14. Once you are done viewing the report, click the button in the top right to return to your

diagram. You may also select the button to send your results via email or print them.

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Module 8 The ForceEffect IS Strong with YOU!

Real-World Examples Inspire Students

Making the link to real-world examples is key to inspiring students passion for engineering and
STEM subjects. All too often, engineering students become disillusioned with their studies of
complex equations because they cannot see how all the heavy math and science connects to the
real world, but as you saw in the demonstrations, Autodesk ForceEffect helps make that
connection and keeps students engaged and inspired!

ForceEffect and ForceEffect Motion are especially good at connecting students to examples in
the world around them. Students can simply go outside and take a photo of any object or
mechanism they would like to study, right with their smart phone or tablet camera. They can then
import the photo directly into the ForceEffect app to sketch their free body diagram right over top
of the photo, input the knowns and unknowns, and solve!

Cool Apps Bridge Textbook Gaps

As we also learned earlier in this class, modern students want to learn wherever and whenever
they want, and also can become inspired if they see a cool app that may spark their interest in
STEM subjects. If we bring the learning to them, and engage them on their preferred platform or
personal mobile device, we can deliver content to inspire a whole new generation of engineers
and designers!

Adopting Autodesk Simulation apps in the classroom can bridge the gap between new learning
technologies and traditional textbooks. The idea is that using this cool new tool will help connect
to what they are learning in traditional textbooks thus helping to make it easier to learn and
grasp the basic concepts, and to connect the underlying theory with the hand calculations. You
can use these apps to reinforce those concepts that students will continue to use throughout their
engineering careers.

Autodesk 360 Cloud Storage and Sharing

Autodesk 360 is a cloud-based platform that allows you to store, view, edit and share files with
others. Whats great about the Autodesk 360 cloud is that you and your students can get 3 Gigs
of free storage just by creating an account at no charge, which is another great way to improve
your students digital literacy by experimenting with cloud storage and sharing.

You can send your ForceEffect diagrams up to Autodesk 360 as a DXF file, or you can also email
them as another option.

Create an account and get 3 GB free at www.autodesk.com/360.

Connect Your Designs to other Products and Classes

Another great feature of Autodesk ForceEffect and ForceEffect Motion is that you can take the
diagrams you created and then bring them into AutoCAD or Autodesk Inventor to use in other
classes or further along your students study path.

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You can import your diagram into these software programs and build the part from the initial
sketch created in ForceEffect or ForceEffect Motion to get validation on how the part behaves
conceptually.

For example, you can take the 2D geometry created in the apps and leverage that if you are then
teaching a class on AutoCAD basics and working on modeling.

Or you could bring your design into Autodesk Inventor in order to create a more developed 3D
model, animate it to show motion, or simulate deformation on how the model performs.

These apps give you the ability to connect to these and other tools, whether youre teaching
AutoCAD or Inventor, or even if you wish to create these designs and then take them further
along into more sophisticated Autodesk Simulation tools related to mechanical performance, the
effects of fluid flow and heat transfer, or CFD, and beyond.

Resources for ForceEffect and ForceEffect Motion

Downloads:
o ForceEffect Android: http://bit.ly/NI4pEx
o ForceEffect iOS: http://bit.ly/z3rCUV
o ForceEffect Motion iOS: http://bit.ly/IDeDP2
o ForcEffect Motion Android: http://bit.ly/SKc0n7
o Use these direct links, or download from iTunes, the App Store, and Google Play
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AutodeskForceEffect
o Find tips, tricks, videos, and helpful links
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ADSKSimulation
o Follow Autodesk Simulation on Twitter for ForceEffect and other simulation tools
YouTube: ForceEffect playlist here
o View several great videos that walk you thru step-by-step for using both apps
o Great self-paced learning, and a good reference to use after this AU class session
Discussion group: http://bit.ly/tQ4Jod
o Autodesk developers actually monitor this discussion group
o They make sure the questions get answered in a timely manner
o You can also request enhancements and bug fixes

Additional Education Resources

Autodesk Education Community www.autodesk.com/edcommunity


o Free student/faculty software downloads, forums, tutorials, contests, more!
Autodesk 360 www.autodesk.com/360
o Create an account and get 3 GB free
Autodesk Simulation Workshop www.autodesk.com/simulationworkshop
o Simulation teaching tools for mechanical engineering
Digital STEAM Workshop www.autodesk.com/digitalsteamworkshop
o Curriculum for K-12 STEM education inspiring creativity and design
Simulation Software www.autodesk.com/simulation
o Learn more about the Autodesk Simulation product portfolio

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The ForceEffect is Strong with YOU!

Autodesk ForceEffect and ForceEffect Motion are simple tools that now give users a great
starting point really early on in the design cycle, whether it's something you're doing in a
classroom or something you're doing inside of an engineering office, we now have these apps to
really help you with that conceptual piece.

However, it is also important for students to understand that this is a complementary tool. These
apps will not actually replace the old reliable calculator or pencil and paper, as young engineers
must always first understand the theory of doing kinematics or static free body diagrams before
relying on the latest and greatest new technologies to back them up.

We hope you have learned some valuable information in this class that you can directly apply to
your own classroom lessons. Now go out there and inspire your students to use the ForceEffect
to become engineering Jedis! The power is in your hands.

And may the ForceEffect be with you!

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