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File | Save Timing Diagram

Save Timing Diagrams

File menu > Save Timing Diagram

File toolbar - NO ICON

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

Each graph is above each other

Each graph shows a segment as a line between each Blend-Point.

Each Blend-Point is defined in the graph with the X-axis and Y-axis Position values.

Typical Timing Diagram with 4 Motions

Typical Timing Diagram with 4 Motions

How to use the Timing Diagrams


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-Point: X-axis and Y-axis values  

The CSV does not store:

Motion-Law (Cam-Law)

Motion derivatives

Microsoft Excel


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





Make sure to enable macros and enable content.

In worksheet Motion data

a)Click 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. This is what you need to correct.)


In worksheet Motion data

a)Click 2: Create Timing Diagram


Look at the worksheet Timing Diagram to see the timing diagram for each motion.