Once you've completed the design of a part, you've still got a long way to go before you can manufacture it. Modern CAD tools offer powerful analysis and simulation packages that take the tedious work out of finite element analysis. Learn how to use the tools that are built into various CAD packages to analyze the performance of your designs under real-world conditions, and use the results to improve product performance and safety.
Research the methods available for stress testing your designs.
Compare how alternative designs would behave under real-world stresses.
Analyze your parts for stress, displacement, and factor of safety.
Learn how to use SimulationXpress to create and run simulations of your designs. See how to identify areas for improvement, make iterative modifications, re-evaluate, and finalize your models.
1h 14m • COURSE
Autodesk Inventor Professional: Stress Analysis Tools with Thom Tremblay
Learn the basics of conducting stress analysis tests of parts and assemblies with Inventor, and uncover the weak points of your designs.
25m 53s • COURSE
SOLIDWORKS: Simulation for Finite Element Analysis with Tony Abbey
Discover how to set up a model for finite element analysis, run the analysis, and interpret the results to optimize your SOLIDWORKS models.
2h 29m • COURSE
SOLIDWORKS: Advanced Simulation with Tony Abbey
Learn how to run advanced simulations to measure the stress and displacement of metal designs, using SOLIDWORKS Premium 2018.
1h 52m • COURSE
Fusion 360: Designing for Metal with Thom Tremblay
Use Fusion 360—the cloud-powered, accessible CAM tool—to create effective designs for subtractive manufacturing (such as CNC milling) in metal.
1h 23m • COURSE
You'll learn simulation and structural analysis skills with these experts
Gabriel Corbett is an experienced product designer, instructor, and speaker.
Gabriel has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, and has been an active product designer for the past 18 years. He previously owned a prototype-through-production machine shop that built parts for notable organizations like the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Panasonic. By combining solid design experience with real-world skill in building products, Gabriel has the unique ability to design products quickly and effectively. He regularly consults companies on better and more efficient manufacturing and design methods.
Gabriel has worked with many startups and established companies, developing products for the consumer, industrial, and medical markets. He has worked on all aspects of product development, including product design, engineering, marketing, sales, and management.
Gabriel has been a Lynda.com author since 2011, and has developed courses on SOLIDWORKS, Onshape, rapid prototyping, and certification. He runs the Orange County SOLIDWORKS User Group, and has taught SOLIDWORKS and CNC machining at Irvine Valley College. Additionally, he runs his own design engineering company called Tiger Industrial Inc. He has presented at SOLIDWORKS World in Dallas, San Diego, Florida, and Los Angeles.
Gabriel's interests include new ventures, photography, adventure travel, surfing, mountain biking, and stand-up paddleboarding.
Thom Tremblay has been working with computer-aided design software and its users for nearly 30 years.
In 1988, Thom Tremblay became convinced that the CAD tool he had been working with for two years was using 3D models to create the 2D working drawings he needed. Working as a drafter and mechanical designer on projects in shipbuilding, commercial electronics, and centrifugal compressors eventually led Thom to teaching others how to use the tools with which he was skilled. With over fifteen years of experience consulting with businesses of all types and sizes, Thom has developed an understanding of how people use and learn technologies. This experience, along with professional certifications in Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor, and being an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Autodesk Certification Evaluator, have translated into books that help customers leverage the power of design technology in ways that are easily understood.
Tony Abbey FRAeS is a finite element analysis (FEA) evangelist, consultant, and mentor.
Tony is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and an honorary member of NAFEMS. A professional structural analyst, Tony has over 40 years of experience using finite element analysis (FEA). His professional mission is to deliver expert advice on FEA, by means of training, mentoring, and consultancy. He strongly believes in the importance of knowledge transfer to improve existing skill sets or provide motivation and guidance to new generations of engineers. Since 2007, his consultancy—FETraining—has developed and delivered over 200 online elearning classes.