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    by Luke Davenport

    Hello again, a bit of a frivolous blog this one – what can I say – its been a long week

    Problem:

    You want an unusual and interesting way to present your product – in a technical fashion…

    One Solution:

    Use Autodesk Simulation Mechanical to create a stress analysis of your part or assembly. Then export it to Showcase in a number of formats for rendering etc….

    So if you are lucky enough to get hold of a copy of Simulation Mechanical then here's what you can do (unfortunately there is no online free trial of this product, only by special request to Autodesk):

    Inside Simulation Mechanical 2014 theres a neat little 'Export to Showcase' option, that allows you to send the stress analysis results (and geometry) over to Showcase as an FBX file. This then allows you to use any of the tools in Showcase to create an impressive presentation.

    Another tool to add another layer of interest to your presentation inside Showcase is the ability to shrink the individual mesh elements of your model.

    When used in combination these two tools can give some very interesting results (10 second video at the end)

    Here's a (very) quick step by step:

    1)      Create an analysis inside Simulation Mechanical of your desired part or assembly.

    2)      Then hit the 'Send to Showcase – Save to File' option in the picture above.

    3)      Then adjust the 'Shrink Elements' settings to export shrunken elements if desired.

      

    (See pic below – I've exported ten stages of shrunken elements as individual .fbx files)

    4)      Then open Showcase and import all of the .fbx files in one hit:

    5)      Then you could add each .fbx file to its own visibility alternative

    6)      Then adding each visibility alternative to a main slide will allow you to 'grow' the elements in a video.

    Check out the video (click on picture at top of page) – I hope this is inspirational for someone out there! 

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