Kinematics and Motion Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Motion works inside the SolidWorks window and uses existing assembly information to build motion simulation studies. By combining physics-based motion with assembly information, SOLIDWORKS Motion can be used in a broad span of industry applications like estimating peak motor torque, understanding robotics performance during operation, optimize or minimize the force imbalances in rotating systems, etc.

SOLIDWORKS Motion is the standard virtual prototyping package for engineers and designers interested in understanding the performance of their assemblies.

Simulation Motion: Capabilities

  • Enables engineers to size motors/actuators
  • Determine power consumption
  • Layout linkages, develop cams
  • Understand gear drives
  • Size springs/dampers
  • Determine how contacting parts behave

Result is a quantitative reduction in physical prototyping costs and product development time

Provides qualitative benefits such as:

  • Ability to consider more designs
  • Risk reduction
  • The availability of valuable information early in the design process

SOLIDWORKS Motion is fully integrated with SOLIDWORKS Premium. Assembly geometry, mates, and drivers from Physical Simulation are used to run an analysis directly in SOLIDWORKS Motion to determine reaction forces.


Leverage the power of SOLIDWORKS

Uses existing SolidWorks assembly information to build motion simulation studies.

Example: SOLIDWORKS Motion will automatically map SOLIDWORKS mates to derive motion joint conditions.

Transfer loads seamlessly into SOLIDWORKS Simulation to perform stress analysis

With the seamless transfer of loads from SOLIDWORKS Motion to SOLIDWORKS Simulation, you can visualize stress and displacements on a component at a single time instance or for the entire simulation cycle.

Simulate real-world operating conditions – By combining physics-based motion with assembly information from SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Motion can be used in a broad span of industry applications:

Estimate peak motor torque when performing tasks like positioning antenna reflectors, opening and closing security gates, handling materials, and raising and lowering scissors-type lift tables. Also see how friction can increase power requirements and actuator size.

Understand robotics performance during operation, for example, installing windshields, pick and place electronic components on circuit boards in electronics plants.

Optimize or minimize the force imbalance of a rotating system in orbital sanders, sewing machines, shaker beds, drive-shafts, etc.