AutoFEM Lite x86Win32, English
General Usage Instructions
The general algorithm of working with AutoFEM Analysis is as follows:
First, the user should create a three-dimensional (3D) model of the product in the AutoCAD 3D environment.
Then, without leaving AutoCAD, the user should create the problem of finite element analysis, referred to as the 'Study”. The model is loaded into an AutoFEM Analysis pre-processor integrated into AutoCAD.
Using the pre-processor, the user specifies external and internal parameters of simulated physical phenomena (finite element mesh, boundary conditions, materials, etc.) and transmits the 'Study” to an AutoFEM Analysis processor.
The AutoFEM Analysis processor creates and solves systems of algebraic equations in accordance with the finite element method. With the help of an AutoFEM Analysis post-processor, the user performs analysis of results and develops the accompanying documents, i.e. reports, video, avi, etc.
Users of AutoCAD become able to perform the finite element analysis in the usual and familiar software environment. AutoFEM Analysis Lite is available for use to each user of AutoCAD® 2007-2010, 2012-2016.
Execute AutoFEM-lite-x86.msi and fulfil steps according the installer. You must have the administrative privileges for installing AutoFEM Analysis. You can uninstall it from 'Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features' (Windows 7) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP), just as you would uninstall any other application from your system. The panel on the Plug-ins tab will not be removed until AutoCAD is restarted.
AutoFEM Analysis is oriented towards a broad community of engineers, who, although not being experts in the finite element analysis (FEA), wish to use this method.
AutoFEM Analysis allows you to solve various problems of mechanical and structural analysis:
• Static stress analysis (analysis of structural stress and strain) - the AutoFEM Static Analysis module;
• Stress analysis for structures under cyclic loading action - the AutoFEM Fatigue Analysis module;
• Calculation of natural frequencies (resonances) of structures - the AutoFEM Frequency Analysis module;
• Calculation of critical load (the system's stability) - the AutoFEM Buckling Analysis module;
• Calculation of temperature (or distribution of temperature domains) - the AutoFEM Thermal Analysis module.
The important feature of the system is its close relationship with AutoCAD. The most popular graphic system AutoCAD 2007-2010, 2012 is used as a geometric modeling kernel for the preparation of the finite element model in AutoFEM Analysis. This means that all AutoCAD users can perform the finite-element analysis without leaving the AutoCAD, using a familiar and convenient interface.
The entire process of modeling and processing of FEA results is going in the AutoCAD 3D environment. All FEA results are stored in files .dwg and they can be sent to a customer or partner for examination. The AutoFEM Lite version supports all the same problems of finite-element analysis as the commercial version. Though AutoFEM Analysis Lite has some functional limitations, they are not related to the number of freedom degrees of a finite element problem.
This circumstance allows one to use AutoFEM Analysis Lite for practical calculations. AutoFEM Analysis Lite is free for commercial and educational usage, according to the license. Tutorial for AutoFEM Analysis Lite provides step-by-step and video instructions for learning AutoFEM Analysis. http://www.autofemsoft.com/downloads/files/autofem-tutorial-lite.zip
The system does not work with AutoCAD® 2011.
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New features of AutoFEM Analysis 2.8
AutoFEM Analysis Installer is improved
Dialogue of program launch
Using Progress bars when fulfilling operations of data processing
Dialogue of the command " Set of Objects for FEA" is improved
New dialogue of the result “Safety Factor"
Improvement of the User Interface
New features of AutoFEM Analysis 2.5
New possibilities of AutoFEM Analysis 2.2
Support of AutoCAD 2014 and Windows 8. New type of finite element modelling based on triangle finite elements.