With the Live Parts™ for SOLIDWORKS Add-in, users can define forces that act upon their Live Parts design. You can define forces using one of two methods outlined below.
- Select Force in the Add-in toolbar.
- Use the Force Type drop-down list to select the type of force (linear or rotational).
- (Optional) Click on the Direction box and select the sketched entity (i.e. arc, line) in your SOLIDWORKS assembly you would like to use as the force.
- (Optional) Check Inverted to flip the direction of the Force.
- Click on the Surfaces box and select the surface(s) in your SOLIDWORKS assembly to which the force will be applied.
- Select the Force application method (under Parameters) to specify how the force will be applied to the chosen surface(s) - push, pull, or both.
- Click on the Magnitude box (under Parameters) and input the magnitude of your force. The magnitude units correspond to Newtons. Values should typically fall in the range of 1-100, but can be as large as 1000 for large models with lots of cells.
- Check the Custom Direction box and input the values for the force direction as numbers or expressions in the X, Y, and Z directions.
- Click the Checkmark as the top of the force side menu.
Notes on forces:
- A single force can be applied to multiple gradients, and that force will independently be applied to the cells within each gradient. Multiple forces can be applied to a single gradient.
- Forces applied to attractor gradients affect the cells at its boundaries, while forces applied to repeller gradients affect the cells that it touches.
- Users can designate forces be applied to “inner”, “outer”, or “other” surfaces of a gradient (i.e. for cylindrical gradients with a through-hole or spherical gradients with a cavity).
- Users can manipulate forces applied to gradients in real-time in Live Parts.