Simulation Analysis for Mechanical Engineers

Engineering, Manufacturing
Level
Advanced
Software
Fusion 360
Time
Multi-week
The foundation of engineering design is often coupled with validation. Simulation is a great tool that allows engineers to test, validate, and modify designs before they become a physical prototype. When used early in the process for simulation driven design and throughout the development process,...

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The foundation of engineering design is often coupled with validation. Simulation is a great tool that allows engineers to test, validate, and modify designs before they become a physical prototype. When used early in the process for simulation driven design and throughout the development process, simulation can help drive the design, make informed design decisions, speed up time to production, and most importantly, identify and eliminate costly design mistakes.  

Like any other tool though, it must be used properly to yield the best results. In this course, we’ll explore the usage static stress simulation, shape optimization, thermal and other mechanical simulation types to better understand how we can apply these tools to everyday design problems.

After taking this course, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the simulation workflow in Fusion 360.
  • Summarize the use cases for various types of simulation studies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in more advanced Fusion 360 CAD and CAE skills.
  • Explain and identify simulation results

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These assets can be used for all the difficulty levels found below.

  • Simulation-analysis-datasets.zip 30.92 MB

Getting started In this lesson, we'll discover what you'll learn in this course and download the software and resources you need.

  • Course 3 Overview_video.zip 50.82 MB
  • Simulation-analysis-datasets.zip 30.92 MB
  • Simulation-analysis-Step-by-Step-guides.zip 13.63 MB
  • GetTheSoftware-Fusion360.pdf 50.16 KB PREVIEW

Instructor guide Simulation Analysis for Mechanical Engineers Instructor guide

  • Simulation Analysis Instructor guide.pdf 138.65 KB PREVIEW

Static Stress Simulation Explore the setup, solve, and understanding surrounding static stress simulations.

  • Course 3 Week 1 Overview_video.zip 16.81 MB
  • Static Stress Simulation - Practice and Challenge.zip 30.89 MB
  • Lesson 1: Preparing for a simulation 50.02 MB
  • Lesson 2: Defining Simulation Study Connections 102.57 MB
  • Lesson 3: Defining a Simulation Studies Loads 31.04 MB
  • Lesson 4: Solving and Reviewing a Simulation 312.87 MB

Using Shape Optimization to Drive a Design This simulation study will help engineers identify critical load paths in a design to make more informed decisions on material removal.

  • Course 3 Week 2 Overview_video.zip 13.65 MB
  • Using Shape Optimization to Drive a Design - Practice and Challenge.zip 41.62 MB
  • Lesson 1: Defining a topology optimization 99.75 MB
  • Lesson 2: Working with Shape Optimization Results 131.9 MB
  • Lesson 3: Validating topology optimized geometry 122.9 MB

Nonlinear Response, Buckling and Modal Frequencies Explore some additional simulation study types in Fusion 360, namely nonlinear response, structural buckling and modal frequencies.

  • Course 3 Week 3 Overview_video.zip 12.06 MB
  • Lesson 1: Nonlinear Response Analysis 59.31 MB
  • Lesson 2: Structural Buckling 31.96 MB
  • Lesson 3: Modal Frequency 94.63 MB
  • Lesson 4: Additional connectors and loads 214.63 MB

Thermal and Thermal Stress Explore and compare the effects of thermal and thermal stresses on designs.

  • Course 3 Week 4 Overview_video.zip 22.71 MB
  • Thermal and Thermal Stress - Practice and Challenge.zip 44.67 MB
  • Lesson 1: Thermal Simulation 300.71 MB
  • Lesson 2: Thermal Stress Simulation 179.48 MB
  • Lesson 3: Event Simulation 113.48 MB

Course challenge Challenge assignments are ungraded and provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your skills and innovate your own solution.

  • Simulation Analysis-Course Challenge.pdf 141.87 KB PREVIEW