Motions are defined with mathematical functions. You do not need to know the mathematics. The functions are displayed as graphs in MotionDesigner.
To make a Part in MechDesigner move with a Motion that is in MotionDesigner, we must link the motion to a Motion FB that is in the MechDesigner model.
•The motion-values at the input-connector of a Motion FB become the X–axis values of the motion-graph.
•The motion-values at the output-connector of a Motion FB become the Y–axis values of the motion-graph.
When you start MechDesigner, there is one motion in MotionDesigner. The motion name is Motion0.
Usually, you will need to design more than one motion.
STEP 1: Add new Motion tabs
1.Click MotionDesigner to make MotionDesigner active
2.Click File toolbar > Add Motion
Do STEP 2 again, to add more motions
The default motion-names, after Motion0, become Motion1, Motion2...
STEP 2: Rename the Motions
It is easy to rename each motion:
1.Click a Motion name-tab to make the motion active
2.Right-Click the Motion name-tab
The Rename Motion dialog-box opens
3.Enter a New Name
Link a motion to a Motion FB that you add to the MechDesigner model.
STEP 1: Add a Motion FB to the graphic-area
1.Click Kinematic-FB toolbar > Motion FB
2.Click the graphic-area.
The Motion FB is now in the graphic area
In the default case, the Motion FB links to the left-most Motion name-tab in MotionDesigner.
To link the Motion FB to a different motion, edit the Motion FB.
STEP 2: Open the Motion FB dialog-box
1.Double-click the Motion FB in the main graphic-area, or Assembly-Tree
The Motion FB dialog-box is now open.
STEP 3: In the open dialog, select a Motion-name for the motion
1.Click the down-arrow of the Select Motion list-box
2.Click a Motion name in the drop-down list
STEP 4: Close the Motion FB dialog-box
1.Click at the top of the dialog-box