Introduction to Motion Studies
Motion studies are graphical simulations
of motion for assembly models. You can incorporate visual properties such
as lighting and camera perspective into a motion study. Motion studies
do not change an assembly model or its properties. They simulate and animate
the motion you prescribe for a model. You can use SolidWorks mates
to restrict the motion of components in an assembly when you model motion.
From a motion study, you can use MotionManager, a timeline-based interface that includes
the following motion study tools:
Motion (available in core SolidWorks). You can use Basic Motion
for approximating the effects of motors,
on assemblies. Basic Motion takes mass into account in calculating motion.
Basic Motion computation is relatively fast, so you can use this for creating
presentation-worthy animations using physics-based simulations.
Analysis (available with the SolidWorks MotionTM
add-in to SolidWorks Premium). You can use Motion Analysis for accurately
simulating and analyzing the effects of motion elements (including forces,
springs, dampers, and friction
) on an assembly. Motion Analysis uses computationally strong kinematic
solvers, and accounts for material properties as well as mass and inertia
in the computations. You can also use Motion Analysis to plot simulation
results for further analysis.
In addition, you can use the MotionManager toolbar to:
Deciding Which Type of Study to Use
Use Animation to create presentation-worthy animations for motion that
does not require accounting for mass or gravity.
Use Basic Motion to create presentation-worthy approximate simulations
of motion that account for mass, collisions, or gravity.
Use Motion Analysis to run computationally strong simulations that
take the physics of the assembly motion into account. This tool is the
most computationally intensive of the three options. The better your understanding
of the physics of the motion you require, the better your results. You
can use Motion Analysis to run impact analysis studies to understand component
response to different types of forces.
a New Motion Study