Active Motion Settings

Edit Toolbar : Active Motion Settings

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

Each motion has motion-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 from a different motion.

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



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 Motion name-tab.


Motion Cycle Data

Number-of-Steps [ default = 360 ]

'The number-of-points along each motion graph'

Edit Number-of-Steps if you need more or fewer points

Note: We use functions with explicit equations for all motions and their motion-derivatives. Thus, MotionDesigner will evaluate the exact motion-value at any X-axis value.

Cycles / Min [ Read-Only ]

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

Seconds / Cycle [ Read-Only ]

Seconds / Cycle = 1 / Cycles/Min


Motion Units

X–axis Units: [ default = degrees ]

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

Y–axis Units: [ default = degrees/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.



X-axis Parameters

'UNITS' at Start [ default = 1 ]

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

tog_minusNumber  Format                        


Number Format 

Format [ default : General ]

See also: Number Format


Precision [default = 6 ]

See also: Precision


Digits [default = 3 ]

See also: Digits



Motion Colors 

Show Grid 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'
Selected: the Selected-Segment
Background: the graph area
Overlay: see Overlay-Trace


Line and Symbol Sizes

Line Thickness [default = 1 ]

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

Maximum Line Thickness = 8

Symbol Size [default = 2]

The size of the Blend-Points symbols.

Maximum Symbol Size = 8

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