GrafiCalc® Elements is field-proven software that works with geometry in the same way as conventional spreadsheets work with numbers to enable users to sketch-and-solve a wide range of design challenges with unprecedented ease, speed, and accuracy while making informed decisions.
With GrafiCalc Elements you can associate geometry, dimensions, and calculations in the same worksheet to capture the functional intent and precise solution for any geometry-dependant design challenge. Then if design parameters are changed, the entire worksheet is recalculated automatically to deliver the updated solution in real-time. In the following example as the geometry of the lifter changes the buckling force on the actuator is recalculated automatically.
GrafiCalc Elements can be used standalone as well as in conjunction with Microsoft Office and all popular CAD applications on any computer running Vista, XP, Windows 7, or Windows 8.
What can you do with GrafiCalc Elements?
GrafiCalc Elements helps you to solve a wide range of design challenges while making informed decisions. Following are principle benefits of GrafiCalc Elements:
Benefit #1. Use it standalone to Sketch-and-Solve GrafiCalc Elements combines the disciplines of sketching and automated graphical calculations in a single application. Here are the steps for attacking a design challenge with GrafiCalc Elements:
GrafiCalc Elements includes a familiar Formula Bar where you setup calculations using standard formulas simply by pointing and clicking on entities in the worksheet.
An extensive library of graphical calculation built-in functions are supported in the Formula bar that can automatically calculate angle of line, area, diameter, distance of neutral axis from extreme, start and end point co-ordinates of lines and arcs, included angle, length of line and arc, moment of inertia, perimeter, product of inertia, radius, radius of gyration, section modulus, static moment of inertia, vector values, mathematical, logical, statistical, trigonometry functions and more – without performing any tedious calculations and equations solving. You can work with mm, inch, or any other unit system of your choice. Unit checking is performed automatically for every calculation.
Benefit #2. Perfect Excel Companion Today millions of engineers are using Excel to perform geometry-dependent design calculations the hard way - because it is not possible to enter geometry directly in Excel and users are obliged to mathematically describe the geometry part in the calculations.
Now you can simply point-and-click to link GrafiCalc Elements and Microsoft Excel to dynamically exchange information in both directions using the Windows standard DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) protocol. This enables you to perform geometry-dependent calculations in GrafiCalc Elements to feed Excel calculations and use Excel calculations to drive GrafiCalc Elements models.
In the example above, user has linked GrafiCalc Elements and Excel to calculate the frequency of vibration of a bracket. The geometry in GrafiCalc Elements is driven by values in Excel cells B2 and B3 while geometry-dependent calculations are performed in GrafiCalc Elements and are linked to cells B8 and B9 in Excel.
Benefit #3. Extend your CAD system capabilities You can exchange geometry between GrafiCalc Elements and any popular CAD application in both directions.
In the example above, initial geometry was imported from CAD into GrafiCalc Elements as DXF file. Optimized geometry was saved in GrafiCalc Elements in DXF format that was used in CAD to build the optimal 3D model.
Benefit #4. Document, manage, and reuse solutions Since the problems and solutions are electronically stored in GrafiCalc Elements models you can reuse the intellectual property without re-inventing the wheel every time. You can also print a drawing directly in GrafiCalc Elements as well as copy and paste information from GrafiCalc Elements into Word and Outlook to create professional quality design reports.
Best of all, GrafiCalc Elements is priced to justify itself on every engineer's desktop.