Motion Analysis

Motion Analysis

Conduct detailed motion analysis and evaluate the mechanical performance of your design using CAD-embedded SOLIDWORKS Simulation, SOLIDWORKS Motion, and finite element analysis (FEA).

SOLIDWORKS motion analysis uses the assembly mates along with part contacts and a robust physics-based solver to accurately determine the physical movements of an assembly under load. With the assembly motion and forces calculated, a structural analysis of the components can be performed to ensure product performance.

Motion Analysis Overview

There are two types of motion analysis, kinematic and dynamic:

  • Kinematic analysis studies how your design moves due to forces and motions drivers applied to the assembly. The key results of interest are the assembly range of motion and determining part displacements, velocities, and accelerations.
  • Dynamic motion analysis evaluates the forces generated by movement, as well as the movement itself.

Motion analysis can be solved using two different solution paradigms, time based motion and event based motion:

  • In a time-based analysis, external actions occur at a pre-set time irrespective of the assembly motion.
  • In an event based motion analysis, the motion of the assembly triggers the external action.

Related SOLIDWORKS Packages:

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional