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Designed to help you become productive quickly with SolidWorks Motion. This 1 day course will teach you how to use the SolidWorks Motion to study the kinematics and dynamic behavior of your SolidWorks assembly models. The course provides both essential and advanced sessions on the basics of building, simulating and refining a mechanical design system, from suspension steering system and drive shafts to backhoes, CAMS, Gears, and Actuators.

Course details and prerequisites:

Duration: 1 Day
Type: Instructor Led
Level: Basic to Intermediate


  • Attended the SolidWorks Essentials course
  • Basic mechanical engineering concepts is recommended
After the training you will be able to:
  • Use SolidWorks Motion to perform motion analysis on your designs.
  • Size motors/actuators, determine power consumption, layout linkages, develop cams, understand gear drives, size springs/dampers, and determine how contacting parts behave.







Course Outline

Lesson 1 : Basics

  • Introduction to user interface
  • Intellimotion Builder
  • Intellimotion browser
  • Constraint mapping concepts
  • Kinematic and Dynamic analysis

Lesson 2 : Creating / Reviewing mechanisms

  • General constraints - Joints and joint primitives
  • Flexible connectors - Bushings
  • Contact or CAM constraints
  • Couplers ( kinematic gears)
  • Motion drivers
  • 3D Contact to simulate realistic interaction between parts
  • Linear and torsional springs
  • Linear and torsional dampers
  • Action only forces and moments
  • Action/Reaction forces and moments
  • Impact forces
  • Create displacement, velocity, acceleration and force graphics
  • Create trace path profile
  • Save animation in AVI and VRML formats
  • Dynamic interference checking
  • Export results to spreadsheets

Lesson 3 : Advanced topics

  • Redundancies - Importance and how to avoid them
  • Using Function builder and Expressions to build complex motions and forces
  • Using Markers to simulate control feedback systems
  • Using API to create and simulate mechanisms external to SolidWorks.

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