Active Motion Settings

Edit Toolbar : Active Motion Settings

Use the Active Motion-Settings dialog-box to edit motion settings.

Each motion has its own settings.


The two buttons:

Save as Defs [defaults].

Save the Active Motion Settings as the default motion-settings.

Load Defaults

Use this button to load Active Motion Settings, perhaps from a different motion.

Note: The Active Motion Settings become the default motion settings when you exit MechDesigner.

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Motion Name

Motion Name [ default = Motion0 ]

1.Enter a new name with your keyboard
2.Press the ENTER key on your keyboard to update the name-tab.


Motion Cycle Data

Number-of-Steps [ default = 360 ; most applications.]

The number-of-points along each motion graph.



The Sweep Display will not advance past pen-ultimate [last – 1] point.

We use functions with explicit equations to evaluate the exact motion-values at any X-axis value.

Cycles / Min [ Read-Only ]

RPM : actual machine cycles in one minute.

See: MechDesigner>Edit menu>Machine Settings>Cycling Parameters>Cycles/Min

Seconds / Cycle [ Read-Only ]

Seconds / Cycle = 60 / Cycles/Min


Motion Units

X–axis Units: [ default = degrees ]

Units available: counts: sec, msec, cycle, degree, radian.

Y–axis Units: [ default = degrees or mm ]

Units available: mm, cm, m, inch, degree, radian, cycle, count

Position :


Velocity :


Acceleration :


Jerk :


Note: The size of the motion does not change. E.g. 90mm becomes 0.090m or 3.543inches.

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X-axis Parameters

'UNITS' at Start [ default = 0 ]

Edit Unit data-type in Motion tab > Motion Units


Y-axis Parameters 

Counts / Degree [ default =1 ]

Edit Unit data-type in Motion tab > Motion Units

Counts at Start [ default = 0 ]

Edit Unit data-type in Motion tab > Motion Units

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Number Format 

Format [ default : General ]

See also: Number Format


Precision [default = 6 ]

See also: Precision


Digits [default = 3 ]

See also: Digits

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Motion Colors 

Show Grid : Click to show horizontal and vertical lines in the graph-area.

Colours : edit with Windows Colour Picker® :

Line: of all segments, but not the Selected-Segment
Grid: the vertical and horizontal 'Grid-Lines'
Background: the graph area
Selected: the Selected-Segment [typically Red]
Overlay: see Overlay-Trace


Line and Symbol Sizes

Line Thickness [default = 1 ; Maximum  = 8 ]

The thickness, in pixels, of the segment lines in the graph plot.


Symbol Size [default = 2 ; Maximum = 8 ]

The size of the Blend-Points symbols.

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