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Animating Visual Properties

You can change visual properties at any point during the animation.

For example, you can start to change the view from Shaded Tool_Shaded_View.png to Wireframe when the component starts to move. You can also change visual properties in time without animating component movement. Video: Animating Visual Properties Without Motion

You can change the display of single or multiple components, and combine different display options within the same or different assembly components. When you click Calculate or Play from Start on the MotionManager toolbar, the visual properties for those components change as the animation progresses.

To change visual properties for an animation:

  1. Enable view orientation in the animation.
  2. Drag the time bar to set an ending time point.
  3. On the MotionManager design tree, right-click a component, and select one of the following:
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    • Component Display. Change how a component displays. Select from SolidWorks display options.
      Tool_Hidden_Lines_Visible_View.png Hidden Lines Visible
      Tool_Hidden_Lines_Removed_View.png Hidden Lines Removed
      Tool_Shaded_With_Edges_View.png Shaded with Edges
      Tool_Shaded_View.png Shaded
        Default Display returns the component display to its original state.
    • Appearance to change visual characteristics, such as color.
  4. Click Play from Start to view the animation.

    Video: Animating Visual Properties and Motion

    You can also control sequence timing within the animation.

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