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Simcenter 3D

Simcenter 3D Motion software is an integrated, associative CAE tool that provides comprehensive mechanism modeling and analysis capabilities. You can use Motion to simulate and evaluate mechanical systems.

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • A motion body represents a rigid body in the mechanism that moves. When you create a motion body, you specify the geometry that defines that motion body. A motion body can be:
    • An assembly component (recommended)
    • A set of solid bodies, curves, points, and so on.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • Joints represent connections between motion bodies.
  • Without any constraints, motion bodies in a mechanism “float” in space with six degrees of freedom (DOF):
    • Three degrees of translation (the X, Y, and Z directions) 
    • Three degrees of rotation (about the X, Y, and Z axes)
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

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Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • A joint driver assigns motion to a revolute, slider, or cylindrical joint or a point-on-curve constraint. It can only be a point on a rigid curve. 
  • Motion body drivers are available only with the Simcenter 3D Motion Solver.
  • These types of motion body drivers are available: 
    • None (lets you remove an existing driver from a motion body)
    • Polynomial 
    • Harmonic 
    • Function 
    • Control 
    • Profile
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

Motion Workflow

You might not have to perform all of these steps, depending on your situation.

StepDescription
1. Create a motion simulation.You can create a standalone motion simulation or one that references a master part.
2. Set your preferences and environment options.Preferences and environment options are saved in your Simulation file.
3. Create links.For each mechanical feature in your model that moves, define a link.
When you define a link, you can specify parameters such as mass properties, inertia, and initial translation and rotation velocities.
You can also define flexible links, which may be useful when your analysis conditions include sharp impacts or sudden changes in motion, or if the component is flexible enough to affect the motion of the mechanism.
4. Assign materials.If necessary, assign materials to the bodies in your mechanism. Mass density is a key factor in the mass and inertia calculations used in a dynamic motion analysis. If you do not assign a material, the software assigns a default density value of 0.2829 lbs/in3 or 7.83*10–6 kg/mm3.
5. Create joints and other constraints.Joints constrain the motion between two links. You can also create other motion objects such as gear couplers and cables to further refine the motion between links.
6. Define loads and contact.If necessary, define forces, torques, springs, dampers, bushings, and contact.
7. Add a motion driver.A motion driver assigns motion to a link or a revolute, slider, or cylindrical joint. You can define a driver when you create a joint, or you can create a standalone driver that you can associate with a link or joint for a particular solution.
8. Create motion events.If necessary, create motion events to perform such tasks as detecting whether clearances between objects are violated, or measuring the distance between two points or objects.
9. Create a solution.Each solution can reflect different conditions for solving the mechanism.
10. Solve the mechanism.Solve the mechanism to generate results for analysis.
11. Perform analysis tasks.You can animate or articulate the mechanism, populate a spreadsheet with data from the results, create graphs, create a motion envelope, or perform other analysis tasks.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

A mechanism consists of geometry or assembly components that move cohesively. Defining a motion mechanism consists of these general steps:

  1. Specifying which components move and which are stationary.
  2. You identify the components that move by creating motion bodies.
  3.  Constraining the motion of the motion bodies, which determines how they move relative to each other.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • Dynamic
  • Static
  • Time and step
  • Articulation – quasi-static or kinematics, interactively driven
  • Spreadsheet – quasi-static or kinematics, driven via a live Excel table
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • In Motion, you can add flexibility to a motion body. You can represent the deformation of the motion body either by discretizing the volume using a finite element method or using an analytical calculation based on the beam theory formulation using the spline beam method. 
  • Using the Flexible Body , which lets you either use different solvers and solutions to define the flexible body model in Pre/Post or import a Simulation or results file from an external application.

Using the Automatic Flex, which automates the process of creating a finite element flexible body.

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

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NX CAD

Simcenter 3D

Simcenter 3D Motion software is an integrated, associative CAE tool that provides comprehensive mechanism modeling and analysis capabilities. You can use Motion to simulate and evaluate mechanical systems.

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • A motion body represents a rigid body in the mechanism that moves. When you create a motion body, you specify the geometry that defines that motion body. A motion body can be:
    • An assembly component (recommended)
    • A set of solid bodies, curves, points, and so on.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • Joints represent connections between motion bodies.
  • Without any constraints, motion bodies in a mechanism “float” in space with six degrees of freedom (DOF):
    • Three degrees of translation (the X, Y, and Z directions) 
    • Three degrees of rotation (about the X, Y, and Z axes)
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

Support Center->NX->Documentation-> NX series-> Simcenter 3D motion

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • A joint driver assigns motion to a revolute, slider, or cylindrical joint or a point-on-curve constraint. It can only be a point on a rigid curve. 
  • Motion body drivers are available only with the Simcenter 3D Motion Solver.
  • These types of motion body drivers are available: 
    • None (lets you remove an existing driver from a motion body)
    • Polynomial 
    • Harmonic 
    • Function 
    • Control 
    • Profile
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

Motion Workflow

You might not have to perform all of these steps, depending on your situation.

StepDescription
1. Create a motion simulation.You can create a standalone motion simulation or one that references a master part.
2. Set your preferences and environment options.Preferences and environment options are saved in your Simulation file.
3. Create links.For each mechanical feature in your model that moves, define a link.
When you define a link, you can specify parameters such as mass properties, inertia, and initial translation and rotation velocities.
You can also define flexible links, which may be useful when your analysis conditions include sharp impacts or sudden changes in motion, or if the component is flexible enough to affect the motion of the mechanism.
4. Assign materials.If necessary, assign materials to the bodies in your mechanism. Mass density is a key factor in the mass and inertia calculations used in a dynamic motion analysis. If you do not assign a material, the software assigns a default density value of 0.2829 lbs/in3 or 7.83*10–6 kg/mm3.
5. Create joints and other constraints.Joints constrain the motion between two links. You can also create other motion objects such as gear couplers and cables to further refine the motion between links.
6. Define loads and contact.If necessary, define forces, torques, springs, dampers, bushings, and contact.
7. Add a motion driver.A motion driver assigns motion to a link or a revolute, slider, or cylindrical joint. You can define a driver when you create a joint, or you can create a standalone driver that you can associate with a link or joint for a particular solution.
8. Create motion events.If necessary, create motion events to perform such tasks as detecting whether clearances between objects are violated, or measuring the distance between two points or objects.
9. Create a solution.Each solution can reflect different conditions for solving the mechanism.
10. Solve the mechanism.Solve the mechanism to generate results for analysis.
11. Perform analysis tasks.You can animate or articulate the mechanism, populate a spreadsheet with data from the results, create graphs, create a motion envelope, or perform other analysis tasks.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

A mechanism consists of geometry or assembly components that move cohesively. Defining a motion mechanism consists of these general steps:

  1. Specifying which components move and which are stationary.
  2. You identify the components that move by creating motion bodies.
  3.  Constraining the motion of the motion bodies, which determines how they move relative to each other.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • Dynamic
  • Static
  • Time and step
  • Articulation – quasi-static or kinematics, interactively driven
  • Spreadsheet – quasi-static or kinematics, driven via a live Excel table
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • In Motion, you can add flexibility to a motion body. You can represent the deformation of the motion body either by discretizing the volume using a finite element method or using an analytical calculation based on the beam theory formulation using the spline beam method. 
  • Using the Flexible Body , which lets you either use different solvers and solutions to define the flexible body model in Pre/Post or import a Simulation or results file from an external application.

Using the Automatic Flex, which automates the process of creating a finite element flexible body.

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

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Simcenter 3D

Simcenter 3D

Simcenter 3D Motion software is an integrated, associative CAE tool that provides comprehensive mechanism modeling and analysis capabilities. You can use Motion to simulate and evaluate mechanical systems.

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • A motion body represents a rigid body in the mechanism that moves. When you create a motion body, you specify the geometry that defines that motion body. A motion body can be:
    • An assembly component (recommended)
    • A set of solid bodies, curves, points, and so on.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • Joints represent connections between motion bodies.
  • Without any constraints, motion bodies in a mechanism “float” in space with six degrees of freedom (DOF):
    • Three degrees of translation (the X, Y, and Z directions) 
    • Three degrees of rotation (about the X, Y, and Z axes)
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

Support Center->NX->Documentation-> NX series-> Simcenter 3D motion

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • A joint driver assigns motion to a revolute, slider, or cylindrical joint or a point-on-curve constraint. It can only be a point on a rigid curve. 
  • Motion body drivers are available only with the Simcenter 3D Motion Solver.
  • These types of motion body drivers are available: 
    • None (lets you remove an existing driver from a motion body)
    • Polynomial 
    • Harmonic 
    • Function 
    • Control 
    • Profile
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

Motion Workflow

You might not have to perform all of these steps, depending on your situation.

StepDescription
1. Create a motion simulation.You can create a standalone motion simulation or one that references a master part.
2. Set your preferences and environment options.Preferences and environment options are saved in your Simulation file.
3. Create links.For each mechanical feature in your model that moves, define a link.
When you define a link, you can specify parameters such as mass properties, inertia, and initial translation and rotation velocities.
You can also define flexible links, which may be useful when your analysis conditions include sharp impacts or sudden changes in motion, or if the component is flexible enough to affect the motion of the mechanism.
4. Assign materials.If necessary, assign materials to the bodies in your mechanism. Mass density is a key factor in the mass and inertia calculations used in a dynamic motion analysis. If you do not assign a material, the software assigns a default density value of 0.2829 lbs/in3 or 7.83*10–6 kg/mm3.
5. Create joints and other constraints.Joints constrain the motion between two links. You can also create other motion objects such as gear couplers and cables to further refine the motion between links.
6. Define loads and contact.If necessary, define forces, torques, springs, dampers, bushings, and contact.
7. Add a motion driver.A motion driver assigns motion to a link or a revolute, slider, or cylindrical joint. You can define a driver when you create a joint, or you can create a standalone driver that you can associate with a link or joint for a particular solution.
8. Create motion events.If necessary, create motion events to perform such tasks as detecting whether clearances between objects are violated, or measuring the distance between two points or objects.
9. Create a solution.Each solution can reflect different conditions for solving the mechanism.
10. Solve the mechanism.Solve the mechanism to generate results for analysis.
11. Perform analysis tasks.You can animate or articulate the mechanism, populate a spreadsheet with data from the results, create graphs, create a motion envelope, or perform other analysis tasks.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

A mechanism consists of geometry or assembly components that move cohesively. Defining a motion mechanism consists of these general steps:

  1. Specifying which components move and which are stationary.
  2. You identify the components that move by creating motion bodies.
  3.  Constraining the motion of the motion bodies, which determines how they move relative to each other.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • Dynamic
  • Static
  • Time and step
  • Articulation – quasi-static or kinematics, interactively driven
  • Spreadsheet – quasi-static or kinematics, driven via a live Excel table
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • In Motion, you can add flexibility to a motion body. You can represent the deformation of the motion body either by discretizing the volume using a finite element method or using an analytical calculation based on the beam theory formulation using the spline beam method. 
  • Using the Flexible Body , which lets you either use different solvers and solutions to define the flexible body model in Pre/Post or import a Simulation or results file from an external application.

Using the Automatic Flex, which automates the process of creating a finite element flexible body.

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

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Simcenter Femap

Simcenter 3D

Simcenter 3D Motion software is an integrated, associative CAE tool that provides comprehensive mechanism modeling and analysis capabilities. You can use Motion to simulate and evaluate mechanical systems.

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • A motion body represents a rigid body in the mechanism that moves. When you create a motion body, you specify the geometry that defines that motion body. A motion body can be:
    • An assembly component (recommended)
    • A set of solid bodies, curves, points, and so on.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • Joints represent connections between motion bodies.
  • Without any constraints, motion bodies in a mechanism “float” in space with six degrees of freedom (DOF):
    • Three degrees of translation (the X, Y, and Z directions) 
    • Three degrees of rotation (about the X, Y, and Z axes)
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

Support Center->NX->Documentation-> NX series-> Simcenter 3D motion

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • A joint driver assigns motion to a revolute, slider, or cylindrical joint or a point-on-curve constraint. It can only be a point on a rigid curve. 
  • Motion body drivers are available only with the Simcenter 3D Motion Solver.
  • These types of motion body drivers are available: 
    • None (lets you remove an existing driver from a motion body)
    • Polynomial 
    • Harmonic 
    • Function 
    • Control 
    • Profile
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

Motion Workflow

You might not have to perform all of these steps, depending on your situation.

StepDescription
1. Create a motion simulation.You can create a standalone motion simulation or one that references a master part.
2. Set your preferences and environment options.Preferences and environment options are saved in your Simulation file.
3. Create links.For each mechanical feature in your model that moves, define a link.
When you define a link, you can specify parameters such as mass properties, inertia, and initial translation and rotation velocities.
You can also define flexible links, which may be useful when your analysis conditions include sharp impacts or sudden changes in motion, or if the component is flexible enough to affect the motion of the mechanism.
4. Assign materials.If necessary, assign materials to the bodies in your mechanism. Mass density is a key factor in the mass and inertia calculations used in a dynamic motion analysis. If you do not assign a material, the software assigns a default density value of 0.2829 lbs/in3 or 7.83*10–6 kg/mm3.
5. Create joints and other constraints.Joints constrain the motion between two links. You can also create other motion objects such as gear couplers and cables to further refine the motion between links.
6. Define loads and contact.If necessary, define forces, torques, springs, dampers, bushings, and contact.
7. Add a motion driver.A motion driver assigns motion to a link or a revolute, slider, or cylindrical joint. You can define a driver when you create a joint, or you can create a standalone driver that you can associate with a link or joint for a particular solution.
8. Create motion events.If necessary, create motion events to perform such tasks as detecting whether clearances between objects are violated, or measuring the distance between two points or objects.
9. Create a solution.Each solution can reflect different conditions for solving the mechanism.
10. Solve the mechanism.Solve the mechanism to generate results for analysis.
11. Perform analysis tasks.You can animate or articulate the mechanism, populate a spreadsheet with data from the results, create graphs, create a motion envelope, or perform other analysis tasks.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

A mechanism consists of geometry or assembly components that move cohesively. Defining a motion mechanism consists of these general steps:

  1. Specifying which components move and which are stationary.
  2. You identify the components that move by creating motion bodies.
  3.  Constraining the motion of the motion bodies, which determines how they move relative to each other.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • Dynamic
  • Static
  • Time and step
  • Articulation – quasi-static or kinematics, interactively driven
  • Spreadsheet – quasi-static or kinematics, driven via a live Excel table
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • In Motion, you can add flexibility to a motion body. You can represent the deformation of the motion body either by discretizing the volume using a finite element method or using an analytical calculation based on the beam theory formulation using the spline beam method. 
  • Using the Flexible Body , which lets you either use different solvers and solutions to define the flexible body model in Pre/Post or import a Simulation or results file from an external application.

Using the Automatic Flex, which automates the process of creating a finite element flexible body.

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

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FloEFD

Simcenter 3D

Simcenter 3D Motion software is an integrated, associative CAE tool that provides comprehensive mechanism modeling and analysis capabilities. You can use Motion to simulate and evaluate mechanical systems.

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • A motion body represents a rigid body in the mechanism that moves. When you create a motion body, you specify the geometry that defines that motion body. A motion body can be:
    • An assembly component (recommended)
    • A set of solid bodies, curves, points, and so on.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • Joints represent connections between motion bodies.
  • Without any constraints, motion bodies in a mechanism “float” in space with six degrees of freedom (DOF):
    • Three degrees of translation (the X, Y, and Z directions) 
    • Three degrees of rotation (about the X, Y, and Z axes)
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

Support Center->NX->Documentation-> NX series-> Simcenter 3D motion

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • A joint driver assigns motion to a revolute, slider, or cylindrical joint or a point-on-curve constraint. It can only be a point on a rigid curve. 
  • Motion body drivers are available only with the Simcenter 3D Motion Solver.
  • These types of motion body drivers are available: 
    • None (lets you remove an existing driver from a motion body)
    • Polynomial 
    • Harmonic 
    • Function 
    • Control 
    • Profile
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

Motion Workflow

You might not have to perform all of these steps, depending on your situation.

StepDescription
1. Create a motion simulation.You can create a standalone motion simulation or one that references a master part.
2. Set your preferences and environment options.Preferences and environment options are saved in your Simulation file.
3. Create links.For each mechanical feature in your model that moves, define a link.
When you define a link, you can specify parameters such as mass properties, inertia, and initial translation and rotation velocities.
You can also define flexible links, which may be useful when your analysis conditions include sharp impacts or sudden changes in motion, or if the component is flexible enough to affect the motion of the mechanism.
4. Assign materials.If necessary, assign materials to the bodies in your mechanism. Mass density is a key factor in the mass and inertia calculations used in a dynamic motion analysis. If you do not assign a material, the software assigns a default density value of 0.2829 lbs/in3 or 7.83*10–6 kg/mm3.
5. Create joints and other constraints.Joints constrain the motion between two links. You can also create other motion objects such as gear couplers and cables to further refine the motion between links.
6. Define loads and contact.If necessary, define forces, torques, springs, dampers, bushings, and contact.
7. Add a motion driver.A motion driver assigns motion to a link or a revolute, slider, or cylindrical joint. You can define a driver when you create a joint, or you can create a standalone driver that you can associate with a link or joint for a particular solution.
8. Create motion events.If necessary, create motion events to perform such tasks as detecting whether clearances between objects are violated, or measuring the distance between two points or objects.
9. Create a solution.Each solution can reflect different conditions for solving the mechanism.
10. Solve the mechanism.Solve the mechanism to generate results for analysis.
11. Perform analysis tasks.You can animate or articulate the mechanism, populate a spreadsheet with data from the results, create graphs, create a motion envelope, or perform other analysis tasks.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

A mechanism consists of geometry or assembly components that move cohesively. Defining a motion mechanism consists of these general steps:

  1. Specifying which components move and which are stationary.
  2. You identify the components that move by creating motion bodies.
  3.  Constraining the motion of the motion bodies, which determines how they move relative to each other.
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • Dynamic
  • Static
  • Time and step
  • Articulation – quasi-static or kinematics, interactively driven
  • Spreadsheet – quasi-static or kinematics, driven via a live Excel table
Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D
  • In Motion, you can add flexibility to a motion body. You can represent the deformation of the motion body either by discretizing the volume using a finite element method or using an analytical calculation based on the beam theory formulation using the spline beam method. 
  • Using the Flexible Body , which lets you either use different solvers and solutions to define the flexible body model in Pre/Post or import a Simulation or results file from an external application.

Using the Automatic Flex, which automates the process of creating a finite element flexible body.

Categories: CAE, Simcenter 3D

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