What is a typical workflow?

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.