File | Save Timing Diagram

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File | Save Timing Diagram

File menu> Save Timing Diagrams

File toolbar - NO ICON

A Timing Diagram:

Represents each motion with a different graph.

The graphs are above each other.

Each graph has straight-lines between the positional values of each Blend-Point.

How to get a Timing Diagram

STEP 1: MechDesigner - Save the Timing-Diagram.

A: Do: File menu > Save Timing Diagram

This command saves the data we need to display the timing diagrams with the Excel workbook: Timing Diagram.xlsm - see STEP 2 below

The CSV file includes the:

motion name

Blend-Point: X-axis and Y-axis values  

The CSV does not store:

Motion-Law (Cam-Law)

Motion derivatives

STEP 2: Microsoft Excel

A: Open the Excel Macro-Enabled Worksheet: Timing-Diagram.XLSM

Timing Diagram.xlsm is located under:



<CommonAppData> \ Timing Diagram.xlsm

Make sure you enable macros.

There are two buttons in the Motion data sheet.


Press 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


Look carefully at the Y-axis of the two motions in the Timing-Diagram in the image above. The data format moves the top motion graph slightly to the right. This is what you need to correct.

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

Press Button: 2: Create Timing Diagram

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

Typical Timing Diagram with 4 Motions

Typical Timing Diagram with 2 Motions