Overlay Trace


DT-OverlayTrace An Overlay-Trace is a 'display-only' graph that shows together with the active motion. You cannot edit it.

In the image, the Overlay-Trace is 'orange' .

To show an Overlay-Trace

1.Make sure there is data in the Data Transfer Table [see below for Data Formating, below]
2.Click the Overlay-Trace icon

The icon should now be in its active state.

When you click the graph, the active-motion and the Overlay-Trace rescale..

To hide an Overlay-Trace:

1.Click the Overlay-Trace icon again

The icon should now be in its normal state.

To change the Colour of the Overlay-Trace

Edit the colour in the Active Motion Settings dialog

Data formatting

The data should be formatted in the Data-Transfer Table, as follows:

Position data is in Column 2.
First position Point in Row 1.
If available, Velocity, Acceleration, and Jerk data in Columns 3, 4 and 5, respectively, stating at Row 1.
If data is not in these columns, then the Overlay-Trace is not shown in that motion-derivatives. However, this is not needed .
Maximum = 10,000 Points


Simple example:

To use the motion-values of Motion 'A' as the data for an Overlay Trace in Motion 'B'.

1.Two motions: Motion 'A' and Motion 'B'. If necessary, use File: Add Motion to add a new motion name-tab.
2.Open the Data-Transfer dialog-box. See Tools: Data-Transfer
3.Make Motion 'A' active (click the Motion 'A' tab).
4.In the Data-Transfer dialog, use Get Motion Data to fill the Data Transfer Table with the motion-values of the active motion.

You must show each motion-derivative to get the motion-data for the motion-derivative.

5.Make Motion 'B' active (click the Motion 'B' tab).
6.Click the Overlay Trace icon

You will see the motion-values of Motion 'A' as an Overlay Trace in Motion 'B'.

Tutorials and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 14.2 + © Machine, Cam, Mechanism, and Motion Design Software by PSMotion Ltd