The stress testing environment within Autodesk Inventor 2017 software can be applied to appropriate projects that can benefit from it. If the models are mechanical in nature or, will see high loads when put into use, a stress test can often expose a potential failure. This can be highly beneficial by finding the problems before an actual physical model is made.
This saves time and resources. The testing can catch a week bolt or pin, find a thin wall, a weak hinge point, or a steel frame that may twist. If you import your load information from the stress testing environment, into the dynamic simulation environment, you can find further problems that may not appear with static loads.
Although testing your model for load failures is a good idea, it’s not always necessary. If you’re making a plastic housing for a tool, or an encasement to surround electronics, you don’t need to stress test the part.
If you have the right CAD software, you can simulate real world environments to check your model before a prototype is made. You can even check a bolted connection for strength given it’s positioning. CAD can work for all products; even those that don’t need any testing.