A Motion-Path FB adds a Motion-Point to a sketch-path.
The Motion-Point is a kinematic-element, to which we can join a Part with a Pin-Joint.
The motion-values at the input-connector to the Motion-Path FB represent the distance of the Motion-Point along the sketch-path.
When the motion-values at the input to the Motion-Path FB are:
Linear Units [mm] at the input:
Distance the Motion-Point moves along the sketch-path = Input Motion-Value mm
Angular Units [degrees] at the input:
Distance the Motion-Point moves along the Motion-Path = Input Motion-Value [degrees] /360
Edit the Motion-Path FB:
The Motion-Path FB dialog-box is now open.
Motion-Path FB dialog-box
Number of Motion-Points:
Edit Number of Motion-Points > 1 to add more Motion-Points. They are distributed equally along the sketch-path.
If you edit Number of Motion-Points you MUST also click the Regenerate Motion-Points button.
In the default case, Motion-Points [>1] are at equal increments along the full extent of the sketch-path. E.g.: If a Circle is the sketch-path, then 12 Motion-Points will be at each 'hour' if we imagine the circle to be a clock-face.
Range [deg] | Default = 3600 ;
Linear Range [mm] | Default = full length of sketch-path.
Range and Linear-Range are two ways to equate the length of the sketch-path. Each option is convenient at different times.
Of course, the actual linear length of the sketch-path has linear units of distance - typically millimetres. If you edit the value of one Range parameter, then the other automatically updates its value, proportionally.
What is 100% of the sketch-path.
Range: equates the full length of the sketch-path to 360-degrees of a circle.
Linear-Range: equates the full length of the sketch-path to its actual linear length.
Another Range might be a Percentage Range, to equate the full linear length of the sketch-path to 100%.
Another Range might be a Unit Range, to equate the full linear length of the sketch-path to 1.
When to use edit a Range parameter?
Range parameters specify the extent over which to distribute Motion-Points along the sketch-path.
When Range or Linear Range are equal to a default value, the Motion-Points distribute along a full extent of the sketch-path.
When Range or Linear Range are less than the default value, the Motion-Points distribute along a reduced extent of the sketch-path.
Phase Offset [deg] Default = 0
Linear Offset [mm] | Default = 0
Phase Offset and Linear Offset are two ways to equate the position of Motion-Point #1 along the sketch-path.
Both parameters move the position of all Motion-Points along the sketch-path. The two offset values indicate the position of Motion-Point #1 when the motion-value at the input-connector of the Motion-Path FB is equal to 0; or, when a wire is not connected to its input-connector. If you generate more than one Motion-Point, the Motion-Points are offset along the sketch-path together.
Phase-Offset: equates the length of the sketch-path to 360-degrees of a circle.
Linear-Offset: equates the length of the sketch-path to its actual linear length.
Re-generate Motion-Points button
Click to the Number of Motion-Points parameter.
If you have previously made Pin-Joints with Motion-Points, you must add the Pin-Joints again.
Motion-Point Information - Read-Only
Headers: Name | Index | Phase
If you click on a Motion-Point in the list it shows as red in the graphic-area.
Display Data of the First Point as:
You can continually display the distance travelled by Motion-Point #1 as you cycle the model.
Path Length using dimension
You can specify the length of the sketch-path with a Controlling Dimension, This is typically used to control the length of a Belt.
Before you edit the length of the sketch-path, ideally fully defined the sketch-path with constraints and dimensions or the results may be unexpected.
Controlling Dimension [Dimension Name]
The Dimension-Name that controls the length of the sketch-path.
The Part-Editor opens.
The dimension will control the total length of the sketch-path - see Note below.
The Part-Editor closes.
The Dimension you click is now in the Controlling Dimension
Actual Path Length - Read only
The Actual Path Length [mm] is the total length of the sketch-path.
Target Path Length [mm] Read / Write box
Minimum and Maximum Dimension Value
Notes: Controlling-Dimension and the Sketch-Path
Ideally, fully specify the sketch-path, so that the dimension you select will update the length of the sketch-path in a predictable way.
Ideally select the dimension for a Line. If you click an arc dimension, you will not be able to add a pulley to that arc later.
The dimension cannot be 'grey' before you select it.
Note: Editing the Target Path Length
Small difference between Actual Path Length and Target Path Length give more predictable results.
Make the Target Path Length near to the Active Path Length, then, edit the Target Belt Length in small steps with the Spin-Box tool until it equals the Belt Length you want in your design.
The Belt-Tooth-Pitch does not control the belt length.
If you add pulleys, then the number of teeth [See Pulley dialog-box ] controls the diameter of the pulley.