Autodesk ForceEffect Motion Productivity App Review (iOS, Free)


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Seller: Autodesk

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124 Ratings


Developing mechanical systems with moving parts is now easier than ever with Autodesk® ForceEffect Motion™. Autodesk® ForceEffect Motion™ brings engineering to the point of the problem with a mobile engineering app for simulating design concepts in the field, in the office or in the classroom. This purpose built tool allows users to develop functional moving mechanical systems right on their mobile devices. Unlike the traditional approach of using paper, pencil, and a calculator to develop equations for design options, Autodesk ForceEffect Motion does all the simulation and engineering calculations for you right on your mobile device, enabling you to quickly and easily simulate design options during the concept phase to determine the viability of a design.

•Fast—Real-time solving capabilities and immediate feedback on the simulation performance. Print, email, or view a results report on any HTML-enabled browser or mobile device.
•Easy—Intuitive interaction for drawing, constraining, and simulating concepts. Simply tap objects to select, and then move, rotate, and scale.
•Complete—Solutions for statically determinate and over-constrained or indeterminate problems.
•Integrated—Store, share and collaborate with Autodesk 360. Easy workflow continuation into CAD with industry-standard export capabilities via DXF™ files and email for file sharing.

The Autodesk ForceEffect Motion engineering app is perfect for developing mechanical systems with moving parts upfront in the in the design process, some of the features include:
•Freehand sketching of elements and construction lines with snaps, constraints, inferencing and dimensions
•Import image as background, simple manipulation
•Create functional mechanical joints (welded, pinned, sliding, collar, crossing)
•Create supports (fixed pin, grounded, sliding collar)
•Mechanism animation and functional drag
•Analyze positional data by adding trace points (trace path, velocity vectors)
•Interactive graphing of trace points (velocity, displacement, acceleration)
•Create Actuators (motors, linear)
•Results reporting with picture, animation, graph and graph data table
•Save and load files from Autodesk Cloud
•Export mechanism directly to ForceEffect to easily conduct static load analysis
•In app tutorials

Customer Reviews

  • Very good app

    by Ialreadyhavenickname

    Very good and useful app. I was looking for something like that for long time. It is simple and easy to use, the only disadvantage is that there is no "copy and paste", but probably it is intentionally removed.

  • Simple, elegant linkage modeling

    by Cambridge Reader

    Learning about and now able to simply model and manipulate linkages. Simple interface, not too steep a learning curve and not too buggy. The price is right and it is all I needed to get my project off the drawing board, so to speak. Definitely recommend.

  • Really enjoying working with this utility

    by GeverTulley

    Great for trying lots of variations of possible solutions to mechanical engineering questions, also fun to reverse engineer things.

  • So much fun

    by Biolethal

    Good old fashioned mechanical fun. Who doesent love linkages?

  • Awesome

    by Дюдюзязя

    Just great.

  • Absolutely Brilliant App!...but latest crashes!

    by Stuke

    UPDATE (12.May.2013)...latest version crashes constantly. I think it has something to do with the number of saved models because I can't reach the end of the 20 or so 'dots' along the bottom indicating all of them (including about 8-10 samples). _______ This is a FANTASTIC tool for physics (mechanics) students, mechanical engineers, etc. It is already a 5 star app, but the ability to assign mass to points or objects you can attach would be out of this world! Thanks Autodesk!

  • Awesome!

    by Soddyboy

    Great app for getting ideas across and initial design information.

  • Awesome

    by Thenorthernarmys

    That's very useful thanks Autocad

  • Awesome App!!!

    by Bear33333

    Amazing how easy and useful this app is!

  • Brilliant

    by Michael Rinke

    Helps so much to visualize moving linkages, helps especially with homework

  • It's awesome

    by SlowZombie96

    And its free how cool is that

  • Nice Application

    by DieKast

    Great free app! Very handy for design on the go.

  • Great Engineering Tool

    by WannaGoPlayLoud

    It's amazing this type of App has made it to iOS. Great educational tool and basic engineering visualization tool.

  • Fun and useful

    by S_horst

    It is difficult to create software that is easy to use and yet still provides meaningful design information. Autodesk has done a nice job with their software for the iPad.

  • Great

    by 카니에

    Using your imagination for legonengineering

  • Helpful

    by nashobahomma

    Useful tool to test and build mechanical bits. Not a professional tool, but for people who need to make basic movement and the forces need to make them work, this is an extremely capable tool.

  • Amazing

    by Tremendous Slouch

    Works very well and lets me test ideas quickly. Great for testing conceptual linkages for FIRST, VEX, and Lego robotics without having to build everything by hand first.

  • Great validating tool

    by IAVF_Eng

    I have been using this app for quite a while and I m impress with its capabilities and accurate results for preliminary mechanical analysis of dynamic systems (simple ones of course) I look forward for more developments from Autodesk that can be taken to the field of engineering in such small format as my iPhone

  • Really cool!

    by Boschulte

    Really cool!

  • Very cool

    by Gushof

    Was expecting a toy! This is really cool. Having the ability to overlay a photo is great.

  • Amazing but unstable

    by ECfuse

    This is an amazing product.....when I can get it to run without crashing. 5 stars when that is done. I've tried cold start, only app running and everything else I can think of to keep it going. Sometimes it's fine so???? Love it. Please fix it. 3rd Gen ipad iOS 7.0.3 wifi/4g

  • Bugs

    by FlydogAZ

    This app crashes so often that it is unusable. Also, why no cut and paste, move, and duplicate functions?

  • It crashes

    by Halloween specials

    I love the idea but I just hate that is will just crash almost every second.

  • Tons O fun

    by Jibroii

    Tons O fun

  • ForceEffect

    by Elaine Johnson

    Amazing utility that shows what is possible for ipad engineering programs. I hope more are to come.

  • Great app for mechanism design

    by COLO2552

    This Force effect app is a well performed software for those seeking ingineering apps. As well for those who have bigger imagination... Thanks Autodesk!!!

  • Amazing

    by ElmondoReal

    Amazing , Fantastic , Awesome app , I really love it , it's easy to use . As a mechanical engineering student , it help me a lot :)

  • Can't believe it's a free app

    by DragonTSD

    Auto desk has really stepped up it's game and it's social responsibility by releasing a free engineering app of this impeccable quality. the user-friendliness of this program cannot be overstated. I am thoroughly impressed!

  • Great!

    by Barwir68

    Downloaded app for my son, who is interested in engineering as a career. I have been on it as much as he, and love it.

  • Cool

    by Marshsm

    I'm a designer and this is a nice little tool to use to play with concepts before I start laying it out for real!

  • Awesome

    by ScootD64

    I'm a drafter, and why this app doesn't really help me design, it is amazing at analysis

  • Mastereus

    by Mastereus

    This application is awesome at illustrating motion from simple to complex action.

  • Most excellent app

    by ...rmk

    Both this and it's sibling are excellent analysis tools as well as top notch fun.

  • Very cool!

    by Kinard

    Have used it to concept linkages for work. Constructive criticism: Some of the controls could be easier to select. Sometimes it is impossible to select a control to edit angle of motion, so it is easier to delete and start over. It is an annoyance, and detracts from the absolute greatness of this app. Have been waiting for something like this for a while!

  • Awesome

    by Murphizm

    Great for prototyping!

  • Great for tinkerers

    by Archyteuthis

    Amateur inventors will like this app to quickly dummy up a mechanism that's struggling to get out of the old brain pan.

  • Just fun to play with

    by Andy4910

    Hours of fun making simple machines and random motion devices. Wish it had curved members, mass, cables, springs, and dampers! Or gears!

  • Interesting idea ... Could have used this with my university homework. :-)

    by Europe@n


  • Force motion

    by erick Castro

    This application helps for the motion Elements. Easy to calculate the force If is possible include architectural or simulation program Thank's

  • Force Effect Motion

    by RDL99


  • Motion by Autodesk

    by Frank w T931

    Great app. Hope to use in statics class. Also w FIRST robotics designs.

  • Very useful & FUN

    by Starkiller1954

    Very well done. Easy UI, realistic. Amazingly fun to use. Great hard core engineering app and more fun than any game I've seen.

  • Ok

    by Heron lion

    It is good, but it keeps on crashing.

  • Thank You

    by NC4WD

    This app is amazing and very helpful.

  • Amazerating!

    by Naturallynata

    Awesome app!!

  • Not working

    by Fruehbird

    The icons are all on top of each other. On touch 2nd gen. Other than that this app would be a huge help with predesigning character and mechanical rigs.

  • Awesome app for free!

    by Jpsports87

    Awesome app for free!! Can't wait to see what comes next from Autodesk.

  • Great app!!!

    by niguiecandy

    great engineering visualizer!!!

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