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.

MechDesigner

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

STEP 1:

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

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

STEP 2:

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.

STEP 3:

In sheet 'Motion data',

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

STEP 4:

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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