During the Live Parts growth process and when you smooth your design, the colors displayed reflect the levels of strain on different regions of the design. Cooler colors such as blue and turquoise represent lower strain and warmer colors such as red and yellow represent higher strain.
You can also run a high-fidelity linear static finite element analysis (FEA) and display the results from right inside Live Parts to validate your design using the embedded FEA engine. Live Parts currently supports the following results:
- Displacement: depicts how much a Live Parts design displaces or deflects when the specified forces are applied. Regions of the design in red experience the most displacement while regions in blue experience the least displacement.
- von Mises stress: depicts the stress experienced by a Live Parts design when the specified forces are applied. These stress results can be used to help predict part performance and durability. Regions of the design in red experience the highest stress while regions in blue experience the lowest stress. Live Parts includes a scale on the bottom right of the interface, in which the maximum stress is calculated as the Yield Stress of the current material divided by the current safety factor (both displayed in the Properties toolbar). If the design falls well below this safe yield point, it will be colored primarily blue/green. On the other hand, if the design exceeds the safe yield point, it will contain patches of orange/red.
- Strain energy: depicts the strain energy experienced by a Live Parts design. Strain energy represents the quantity of work or potential energy per unit of volume stored in the loaded part (units are in kJ / m3)
Running FEA for validation
- Check FEA for Smoothing in the Controls toolbar.
- Select the result type for your validation: Displacement, von Mises Stress, or Strain Energy.
- Click Smooth in the Commands toolbar.