Algor a Finite Element Analysis tool acquired by Autodesk, has more to offer to the Autodesk Inventor users to enhance the Digital Prototyping and in turn support the Manufacturing and Design Engineers before a component can be manufactured.
Finite Element Method -
To make the end user understand better, Finite Element Method, FEM is a mathematical technique for obtaining approximate solutions to a wide variety of engineering problems.
Note: It is evident that today more and more engineering problems require approximate solutions rather than exact solutions
Also to make a design engineer understand better about FEM / FEA is how the material / part will behave under different loading conditions be it linear or non linear, thermal, fluid flow or multiphysics.
Why FEA ? We all know that conventional Test Rigs used to test various components are ideally costly and take time to understand the physics of the problem, hence if we can simulate the same environment then we considerably save huge amount on the experimentation and produce similar results using FEA.
In later articles we will review them, but for now, this Article focuses on Installing Algor V23.1
Download the Evaluation software from Algor: Click Here
Now Enter the required Data in the application form as show below
Make sure you enter all relevant details including E mail ID
Now you can register by online / Fax / Phone
Click next, and data related to registration will be sent to Algor and validated response is received back. Now you will be taken to the Installation Wizard as shown below
Now Install graphics card if needed for your machine
Now select the License Agreement after reading through and Click next
Now select Complete Install and later select the location for installation
After the Installation,
Open Algor from Start > Programs > Algor 23.1 > DesignCheck.
Now click I Agree as shown below
Go ahead and check your email and you will receive TWO E mails with subject
1) Welcome to Algor DesignCheck for Autodesk Inventor
This Mail includes the License Number and password
Additionally, Autodesk offers a FREE introductory training session on direct CAD/CAE integration using DesignCheck. Learn how other engineers are benefiting from up-front analysis and learn how to simulate real-world scenarios on parts and assemblies within Inventor. A certified Autodesk instructor will teach you the basic fundamentals of running your first analysis and answer your questions during this interactive Webcast event.
Topics covered during this introductory training session include:
2) Your ALGOR License File
This mail contains the license file and following information
Your ALGOR license file is attached. In order to unlock the capabilities of your ALGOR software, the license file must be installed on the computer that controls the software licensing as follows:
- Save the attached license file to a location on the computer.
- Go to the Windows “Start” menu and select the “All Programs: ALGOR : Tools: License File Setup Utility” command.
- Select the “I already have a license file from ALGOR and would like to install it to this computer” option. Then, press the “Next>” button.
- Specify the location on your computer where you saved the license file. Then, press the “Next>” button.
- Press the “Finish” button to unlock the capabilities of your ALGOR software.
Now go ahead and run Algor V23.1 and ensure to select Run License File Setup Utility
Make sure you select third option and click next and select the license file
Now, go ahead and start using Algor a digital prototyping tool to support manufacturing and design engineers.
Make sure when you are starting Algor for the first time select the default units you need.
This version of Algor is feature and Time – Limited Version.
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