I have some problems with Solidworks 2004 and Animator.
What I want is basically animate a robotic arm with two joints (hinges). My assembly looks something like this 2D sketch:
y ^ |->x
The dashes are the parts of the arm connected with hinges (J). C is a carriage that moves freely along the x axis. What I want to do is create a path for movement of the rightmost part of the arm relative to the middle part. This fails to work properly if the middle part is moved relative to the leftmost part. Then the carriage starts sliding and all sorts of strange things happen.
I have tried creating a hidden part to control the motion of a single joint, but have not succeeded in fixing this problem. Also, using different configurations for the different positions of the arm and switching between them did not work since the animation paths are configuration specific also.
I could always fix the middle part and stitch together the .avi files in the end, but this is somewhat tiring.
Any help with this is much appreciated!