Add menu > Add Graph FB
STEP 1: Add a Graph FB to the graphic-area
The Graph FB is now in the graphic-area.
STEP 2: Connect wires
STEP 3: Open the Graph FB
See: Graph FB to review the Graph Interface.
See Graph Display Option to review the kinematic, kinetostatic and Cam-Data that you can plot with a Graph FB.
The Graph FB:
Y–axis : Scales:
•Maximum = 4, scales correspond to wires at input, Y1 to Y4
•The color of the Y–axis and the plot-line are the same.
Y–axis : Data-Channel Selector
•Each wire that is connected to an input-connector has up to 3 Data-Channels
•Select the Data-Channel in the drop-down box - see Y–axis Data-Channel Options
Digital Readout (D.R.O.):
•The X–axis and the Y1 – Y4-axis values at the vertical cursor .
•The Number-Format for the X–axis, Y–axis, and Data in Clipboard is configured in Application Settings | Number Format tab.
The Graph Area:
•The color-coded graphs for each Y–axis input
The Vertical-Cursor AND the Master Machine Angle 'jump' to where you click in the graph area, and also to where you drag your mouse pointer.
•Save, Print, Graph Settings, Zoom Extents, Pan Left, Pan Right, 'Copy Graph Data to Clipboard' – see below
Also, note these tools:
When you click in the Graph area, a Vertical Cursor will snap to your mouse pointer
When you drag your pointer in the graphic-area:
•the Vertical Cursor will move with your pointer along the X-axis
•the Digital Readouts will continuously update to indicate the Y-axis values at the X-axis
•the Master Machine Angle will update to the value of the X-axis at the position of the Vertical Cursor
•the kinematically-defined Chains will move to value of the Master Machine Angle
Copy Graph Data to Clipboard
•When you click the right-most tool/icon in the toolbar, above the Graphs, all of the graph data is copied to the Clipboard .
•Configure the Number-Format for the X–axis, Y–axis, and 'Data in Clipboard' in Application Settings | Number Format tab.
•Paste this data to Excel, or to MotionDesigner Data Transfer table. You can plot it as an overlay or use it as a Motion (use Z Raw-Data).
Each wire you connect to the Graph FB has three Data-Channels.
Use the Y-axis Selector to select which data-channel to plot.
The data-channels that are available with each wire are a function of the FB from which you connector the wire to the Graph FB input-connector.
If the wire you connect to the Y–axis input-connector is from a:
•Function-Block (Linear-Motion, Gearing, Motion, Motion-Dimension):
oLinear position, velocity, acceleration of the Measurement Dimension or Point.
oAngular position, velocity, acceleration of the Measurement Dimension.
oLinear position, velocity, acceleration of the Measurement or Point
oAngular position, velocity, acceleration of the Measurement
If the Force-Data FB references a:
oPin-Joint with a motor, and gearbox you can plot Motor Drive Torque.
oSlide-Joint with a motor, you can plot Motor Drive Linear Force
▪Total Force ( FT = √(FX2 + FY2), or
▪Force in the X-axis direction : FX
▪Force in the Y-axis direction: FY
o2D-Cam: you can plot the Cam Contact Force
oSpring FB: you can plot the Total Force, the X Force and the Y Force acting on the Point.
To show all three Data-Channels from one output-connector a Function-Block, then drag a wire from the same output-connector to different input-connectors on the Graph FB.