MotionDesigner Interface

When you start MechDesigner, the MotionDesigner application is docked to the right.


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MOTIONDESIGNER
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The MotionDesigner User Interface

1r Toolbars

2r Motion-Law Selector

3r Motion-Width

4r Motion name-tabs

5r Motion Graph Area

6r 'Drag bars' to resize MotionDesigner and each Graph.


To edit each motion and segment, you use the

Blend-Point Editor or the
Segment Editor

We will review these motion editors with each tutorial.

 

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1r

Blend-Point & Segment toolbar

2r

Edit toolbar

3r

File toolbar

4r

Motion toolbar : Motion-Width & Motion-Law Selector (these are below the Motion Graphs after MD14.1+ )

5r

View toolbar

To show or hide MotionDesigner, use:

icon-ShowMotionDesigner

MechDesigner > Visibility toolbar > Show MotionDesigner

Icon-Visibilty-MotionDesigner-Hide

MechDesigner > Visibility toolbar > Hide MotionDesigner

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MotionLawSelector

The Motion-Law Selector is one of the toolbars. It is a drop-down box. See Motion-Laws.


In MD14.1+, the Motion-Law Selector is below the motion graphs.


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Motion-Width-MotionLawSelector

 

 

The default Motion-Width = 360.

This is ideal when the motion repeats each cycle of the MMA 0 to 360.


If the Motion-Width ≠ 360, and it should be 360, you MUST use the Segment-Editor to edit Segment-Width parameters.

Edit the Segment-Width of the segments so that the Motion-Width = 360.

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MotionNameTabs

The Motion name-tabs are above the Graph-Area. You can rename each motion.

When you have many Motion Names tabs, you may need to use the left and right, < > , scroll buttons (4a)

See: MotionDesigner > Edit menu > Active Motion Settings > Motion tab.

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Motion Graph Area: is where we plot the four important motion-derivatives: Position, Velocity, Acceleration, and Jerk.

You can show, or hide, each motion-derivative. (see View menu)

Motion name-tab: is at the top of the graph. In this image there is only one name, which is the default name.

Selected-Segment : is Red.

Y-axis Units : to the left of the graph of each motion-derivative.

X-axis Units : below the last/bottom graph.

Machine-Speed : at the bottom of the graphs, in Red.


Notes:

Machine-Speed is set in Edit menu > MechDesigner, not in MotionDesigner
To edit the colours of the graph line, selected-segment, background, grid

Edit toolbar > Active Motion Settings > Accessibility tab

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