Save Timing Diagrams

File menu > Save Timing Diagram

The purpose of a Timing Diagram is to show the relative timing of more than one motion.

A Timing Diagram:

Shows each motion as a graph
The motions are drawn directly above each other.
Each segment is a straight-line between each Blend-Point.
The start and end point of each straight-line are at the same as the timing [X-axis] and position [Y-axis] of each Blend-Point.
Typical Timing Diagram with 4 Motions

Typical Timing Diagram with 4 Motions

How to use the Timing Diagrams

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:

motion name
Timing [X-axis] and Position [Y-axis] of each Blend-Point

The CSV does not store:

Motion-Law [Cam-Law]
Motion derivatives

Microsoft Excel

STEP 1:

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

My Documents > PSMotion > MD13 XXX64.
You must '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'

b)Format the Y-axis data of 'Motion0' to make sure its data format has the same number of decimal places as 'Motion1, 2, ...'

[See the Y-axis of Motion0 in the image above. Its data format moves the graph slightly to the right. ]

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.

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