Autodesk Simulation Mechanical 360 provides enhanced capacity through the use of a cloud computing platform. This platform provides a scalable, powerful set of computing nodes for your analyses, freeing you from restrictions associated with solution processing on your local machine.
The 360 product provides an alternative to traditional desktop analysis, in which the solution is pre-processed, solved, and post-processed locally. In Simulation Mechanical 360, pre- and post-processing is still performed locally, but the model is submitted to the cloud computing platform for analysis, with the results then being transmitted back to the local computer. Through cloud computing services, you can simultaneously execute multiple analyses without the associated costs of high-end workstations or clusters, which would be required to do so efficiently using the traditional desktop application.
Much of the setup process, navigation, application of loads and constraints, results evaluation, and reporting functions are identical between the desktop and 360 products. They therefore share the majority of Autodesk Simulation Mechanical help topics. For information regarding analysis types, element types, modeling, meshing, model setup, results evaluation, and more, refer to the help topics. Differences between the desktop and 360 products are indicated where appropriate among the various topic pages. Disregard the help content covering analysis types only available with a Simulation Multiphysics license. Fluid flow, dynamic design analysis method (DDAM), electrostatic, and coupled multiphysics analyses are not available in Simulation Mechanical 360.
When submitting an analysis task to the cloud, the workflow is essentially identical to that used for local solutions using the desktop simulation product. The analysis screen will show the "Cloud" as the Target Computer when performing the analysis. The supported analysis types for an Autodesk Simulation Mechanical 360 installation are the same as those available in the desktop product.
There is a unified software installation process for all Simulation 360 products. Please go to the Autodesk Simulation 360 Installation Help page for additional information.
There is one application option unique to the Simulation Mechanical 360 product. Click Tools Options Application Options. You can also reach this dialog box by clicking the Application Menu icon in the upper left corner of the screen and then clicking the Options button.
Go to the Analysis tab. There is an input field where you can specify a Cloud notification email address. If you wish to receive email notifications when cloud computing tasks have completed, specify your email address within this field. If you do not wish to receive such email notifications, leave this field blank.
To perform the online Autodesk Simulation Mechanical tutorials, click Getting Started Help Tutorials. You can download the tutorial model files from our online Data & Downloads page. If you prefer to access tutorials locally, rather than online, you can download the tutorials from our online Documentation page.