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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

What are some of the neat things I can do with AutoCad 2004?

Besides creating solid objects that resemble both in shape and color such things as air bearings, supersonic nozzles, gas tanks, valves, electro-pneumatic regulators, etc?

I created a model of a hovercraft type vehicle for a senior design project some years ago. Besides having a really nice looking model, is there other things I can do with the model?

Can I add density to the individual objects and then have AutoCAD calculate the total weight? Can it calculate the moment of inertia matrix of the combined structure. Can I do heat/stress analyses? What else can AutoCAD do? I’m a GN&C engineer so I don’t know what AutoCAD is capable of.
AutoCAD can do everything I said?

Stress/heat analyses and weight and moment of inertial calculations?

If it can, I’m impressed. I will have to look into it when I have free time.
Can I do something so that two solid objects cannot pass through each other Can it be used to create motion? Say for like creating a robotic arm with joints and then seeing it move based on commands. Can it be used to study air drag on an object? Can you simulate gravity on the object or a collision?

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2 Responses to “What are some of the neat things I can do with AutoCad 2004?”
  1. wally A says:

    you answered your on Q.. Bravo!

  2. Cie says:

    I don’t think AutoCAD 2004 itself is capable of doing what you described without add-on 3rd party software. To have motions to your robot arm example you would need an animation software. AutoCAD can do animation in terms of moving your camera view and not moving the objects themselves.

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