File menu (or toolbar) > Timing Diagram

Timing Diagrams show motions in a simple format, and let you view their relative timing.

Timing Chart:

Show each motion as one graph, and replace segments with straight-lines.
The start point of each straight-line is the same as the timing and position of each Blend-Point in the motion.
The motions, when there is more than one motion, are drawn separately, but directly above each other.
Typical Timing Diagram with 4 Motions

Typical Timing Diagram with 4 Motions

Save Timing Diagram

There are two actions you must do to find and show the Timing Diagram:

1.MechDesigner > File menu > Save Timing Diagram.
2.Open and use the Microsoft Excel Macro-Enabled Worksheet 'Timing Diagram.xlsm' to open and create the timing diagram.


STEP 1: File menu > Save Timing Diagram

Use this menu item to save the motions in MotionDesigner as a Microsoft Excel® Comma Separated Values [.csv] file.

The .csv file stores

each motion
motion names
timing of each Blend-Point along the X-axis
position of each Blend-Point along the Y-axis.

Other motion derivatives are ignored.

Microsoft Excel


Open the Microsoft Excel Macro-Enabled Worksheet: 'Timing Diagrams.xlsm' in:

My Documents > PSMotion > MD12 XXX64.
Make sure to 'enable macros' and 'enable content'.


In sheet 'Motion data',

a)Click the button '1: Open Timing Diagram CSV file'

Find, and open, the CSV file you have saved to disc with: 'MechDesigner > File menu > Save Timing Diagram'

Note: You may need to format the Y-axis data to make sure the format has the same number of decimal places, to make sure the timing charts are directly above each other.


In sheet 'Motion data',

a)Click the button '2: Create Timing Diagram'


Look at sheet 'Timing Diagram' to find a timing diagram of each motion.

The segments are drawn as linear ramps between each Blend-Point.

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