Join Thom Tremblay for an in-depth discussion in this video Testing with an alternative material, part of Fusion 360: Designing for Metal.
- [Thom] In this video, we'll examine how simulation can be used to explore options for the design. I'll begin by going back to the simulation workspace, going to the previous results, and restoring the results view. This design using aluminum worked well for what I needed, but I've received a request to make a custom part made out of copper. So what I'll do is I'll right click and clone the current study to a new study.
I'll go to the study materials, edit them, and change the current material, which is the same as model to a copper high strength alloy. I'll say OK to apply it, leaving all of the constraints and the loads the same, I'll rerun the study. When I do this, I receive a warning, and I can select repair. The physical material that I've selected is for non-linear analysis, so I need to select a different material.
I'll go back to the material pull down, and go to just a traditional copper. Click OK, and now I see there's a green check mark instead of a yellow exclamation point, and I can proceed to solve and expect that I'll be given the opportunity. It's great that Fusion 360 will give me warnings when the materials are inappropriate, or the study is not going to take advantage of them. When the results appear, you'll see the minimum safety factor is 0.47, so it's best that we recommend that we not use this material for this design.
You can see that the stress levels are high, even though the map looks similar, we know that we have to look at the grade, and look at the values, rather than just looking at the colors. Using simulation to help explore ways to improve the design, or to validate the design along the way can help guide the concept in new directions.
- Setting up parameters
- Joining components
- Animating and rendering the design
- Testing alternative materials
- Creating the setup
- Publishing and posting the design