Motion Analysis Overview

You can use Motion Analysis (available with the SOLIDWORKS Motion add-in from SOLIDWORKS Premium) to accurately simulate and analyze the motion of an assembly while incorporating the effects of Motion Study elements (including forces, springs, dampers, and friction).

A Motion Analysis study combines motion study elements with mates in motion calculations. Consequently motion constraints, material properties, mass, and component contact are included in the SOLIDWORKS Motion kinematic solver calculations.

A Motion Analysis study also calculates loads that can be used to define load cases for structural analyses.

To use the SOLIDWORKS Motion solver in a motion study, select Motion Analysis from the motion studies type list in the MotionManager.

See an example of a motion analysis (external link to