Save Timing Diagrams

File menu > Save Timing Diagram

The purpose of Timing Diagrams is to show the relative timing of each motion.

A Timing Diagram:

Shows each motion as a graph, each segment is a straight-line between each Blend-Point.
The start point of each straight-line is the same as the timing [X-axis] and Position [Y-axis] of each Blend-Point.
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

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
Blend-Points along the X-axis
each Blend-Points along the Y-axis.

Motion derivatives are ignored.

Microsoft Excel

STEP 1:

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

My Documents > PSMotion > MD13 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: Format Y-axis data of 'Motion0' to make sure the data format has the same number of decimal places as 'Motion1, 2, ...' to make sure the timing charts are exactly 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.

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