You can use the Function Builder to define motor or force profiles from an imported data set. You can also use the Function Builder to define a motor or force profile from a mathematical expression or from interpolated functions along connected segments.
For motor profiles, you can specify time, cycle angle, or any result as the independent variable.
To open the Function Builder:
 From a motion study, click Motor (MotionManager toolbar).
 Iin the PropertyManager, for Motor Type, click one of the following:
 Segments. Defines profile from piecewise continuous functions of time or cycle angle.
 Data Points. Defines profile from an interpolated data set as a function of time, cycle angle, or motion study results.
 Expression. Defines profile as mathematical expression of time, cycle angle, or motion study results.
You can also access the Function Builder from the Force PropertyManager.
Some Function Builder options are not available for Animation or Basic Motion study types.
General

Save As 
Exports the function definition as an .sldfnc file.


Open 
Imports a custom function from an .sldfnc file.


OK 
 Closes the Function Builder.
 Assigns the function name to the function displayed in the Function Builder.
 Displays the function name in the PropertyManager.


Show Graphs 
Displays up to four selected graphs:  Displacement
 Velocity
 Acceleration
 Jerk, the derivative of acceleration
When displaying multiple graphs, you can doubleclick a graph to expand it, hiding the other graphs. Doubleclick the single graph to return to the multiplegraph display.


Select 
As you move your pointer over the graph, displays a set of perpendicular lines and the graph value where the graph intersects the lines.
Select a plot to move the selection and zoom controls to the plot.


Zoom to Area 
Select a plot to move the selection and zoom controls to the plot.


Zoom to Fit 
Select a plot to move the selection and zoom controls to the plot.


Fit All Graphs 
Scales plots as necessary to display all graphed functions.


Make function available for use elsewhere in this document

Permits the use of this function to define other profiles in this motion study. The name you assign to this function appears as a profile type in the PropertyManager.
You cannot assign named motor profiles to forces or vice versa.


Name 
Specifies the function name. This name appears in the PropertyManager.

Segments
Defines profile from piecewise continuous functions of time or cycle angle.

Value (Y) 
Specifies the function dependent variable:  Displacement
 Velocity
 Acceleration


Independent variable (X) 
Specifies the independent variable:


Click to add row 
Adds a row for a new segment. 

Start X 
Specifies the independent variable at the start point of a segment. 

End X 
Specifies the independent variable at the end point of a segment. The value of End X in a row defines the Start X value for the next row.


Value 
Specifies the function value at the end point of a segment. 

Segment Type 
Specifies the function profile for the segment:
Cubic


Quarter Sine


Quarter Cosine


Half Cosine


345 Polynomial


4567 Polynomial


56789 Polynomial


Cycloidal


Quadratic


Linear


See Default Segment Type Function Definitions for default segment type function definitions.
This is the default set of segment type functions. If you define custom segment type functions, the available options might differ.


Delete Row 
When selected after rightclicking a table row, deletes the selected row. 

Insert Row Above 
When selected after rightclicking a table row, inserts a row above the selected row. 
Data Points
Defines profile from an interpolated data set as a function of time, cycle angle, or motion study results.

Value (Y) 
Specifies the function dependent variable:  Displacement
 Velocity
 Acceleration


Value (Y) for path mate motors 
Specifies the function dependent variable for path mate motors:  Distance Along Path
 Tangential Velocity
 Tangential Acceleration


Independent variable (X) 
Specifies the independent variable:


Interpolation 
Sets the interpolation method:
Cubic spline


Linear


Akima spline




Import Data 
Imports function data points from a .csv file. The independent variable range of the data points is displayed in a single row of the data point table. Click Click to add row after importing to add new data points to the function definition. 

Click to add row 
Adds a new row to specify a new (X, Y) pair. 

Delete Row 
When selected after rightclicking a table row, deletes the selected row. 

Insert Row Above 
When selected after rightclicking a table row, inserts a row above the selected row. 

Expand 
When selected after rightclicking a table row corresponding to imported data, lists each (X, Y) pair in its own row. You cannot undo this operation.

Expression
Defines profile as mathematical expression of time, cycle angle, or motion study results.

Value (Y) 
Specifies the function dependent variable:  Displacement
 Velocity
 Acceleration


Value (Y) for path mate motors 
Specifies the function dependent variable for path mate motors:  Distance Along Path
 Tangential Velocity
 Tangential Acceleration


Minimum X value 
Specifies the smallest X value in the independent variable range. For X values between zero and Minimum X value, the function value is zero.


Maximum X value 
Specifies the largest X value in the independent variable range. 

Expression Definition 
Defines the expression from the functions, variables, constants, or results you enter. You can combine expression elements with ordinary mathematical operators: +, , *, / and **.


Expression Elements 
Lists categories of elements you can include in expressions:
Mathematical Functions

Provides functions you can select to help build expressions. For each function you select, you must enter one or more function arguments in the Expression Definition area.
You can combine expression elements with ordinary mathematical operators: +, , *, / and **.

Variables and Constants

 Time. Defines time as an independent variable.
 Cycle Angle. Defines cycle angle as an independent variable.
 PI
 RTOD. Specifies the radianstodegrees conversion constant.
 DTOR. Specifies the degreestoradians conversion constant.

Motion Study Results

Displays results you can include as independent variables in expressions.




Indicates a valid expression. 


Indicates an incorrect expression. 