Motion is an abstract concept. It is difficult to order a motion off eBay or Alibaba, for example.
Motion design software is only useful if the motion is visible. The easiest method is to plot a motion as a graph. This is what MotionDesigner does.
A different method is to move machine-elements in a model with the same motions as the motion graphs. This is what MechDesigner does.
You can see up to four graphs in MotionDesigner: Position, Velocity, Acceleration, and Jerk. These are the four motion-derivatives.
You can use the P,V,A, icons in the View Toolbar, to show or hide each motion-derivative. You must show a minimum of one graph.
Need to know 1: The same X–axis is for all Graphs
The four motion-derivatives have the same X-axis. The X-axis is at the bottom of the graphs.
Most typically, the X-axis is from 0 to 360 degrees - the same as the Master-Machine-Angle in MechDesigner.
Other units for machine angle are degrees, radians, or cycles. You can also use time base in milliseconds, seconds
The X-axis units of each Motion name-tab, can be different. But, they are usually the same units: 0 - 360.
Need to know 2: Each motion-derivatives is the same motion.
The same motion is displayed, exactly above each other.
If you edit one motion-derivative, the other motion-derivatives change, automatically.
Need to know: 3: Split the motion into Segments
It is easier to design a motion when you split it into segments.
You can select a Motion-Law for each segment, with the Motion-Law Selector - a drop-down box below the graph-area..
CONCEPT 4: Blend-Points join the segments
Blend-Points joins the segments end-to-end. These are also called Nodes.
CONCEPT 5: Segment naming conventions.
For convenience, we name the segments in the help as the:
•Selected-Segment - the RED segment you edit.
•Previous-Segment - the segment before the Selected-Segment.
•Next-Segment - the segment after the Selected-Segment.
As soon as you click a different segment, it becomes the RED Selected-Segment.