What is Project Nucleus:
Project Nucleus integrates the Nucleus simulation engine from Autodesk® Maya® into AutoCAD® 2012 software. It allows designers to experiment with "form-finding" in the conceptual design phase by simulating forces directly in AutoCAD.
Project Nucleus can simulate a wide range of physical phenomena in real time, like wind, gravity, constraints, and collisions. These forces can help architects generate free-form shapes, many of which would be impossible to model by hand.
Here’s my try of simulating a cloth falling down onto a table. First showing part of the Ribbon tab Nucleus.
Slowly falling down.
Depending on how quick computer you have this can take some time to simulate.
Because of the Wind noise it’s blowing off the table eventually.
As this is CPU intensive I can see how this could be great to be able to run in the cloud.
Video showing how Nucleus works.
You find it here: Project Nucleus on Autodesk Labs
Via It’s Alive in the Lab: Project Nucleus for AutoCAD Now Available