Animation advice

I am a Design Engineer relitivley conversant in SW. I have basic knowledge of SW animation but I would like to animate a machine from start op to finish op.

This would include animating chains, links and conveyors.

Does SW animation have the ability to do this? Or would I have to purchase third party software? If so which one?


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john gaskell
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Animator is good for mechanisms where the motion is fairly constrained. Chains will be a challenge. That's already true in SW without even considering Animator, though. Doing a large machine taking a part through an entire cycle is entirely possible, depending on what type of processes you have. It may work best as a compilation of several different animations. Animator works best when you can change something like a mate distance or angle value and animate that changing over time. If say a box has to be folded and moved down a conveyor, then flipped or labeled or whatever, it may take some inventiveness to make it all happen, and will probably be best as several small animations pasted together with an editor.

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John, if you can afford to run a beta version of SolidWorks 2007, there is new functionality in this area to help you do what you want to do.

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Mark Biasotti SolidWorks

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then again - we are not supposed to talk about it or use it for production purposes are we? ;o)

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