Animation Question
6 months ago

I had a pretty simple animation project show up at the office and I thought it would be a good chance to use Visualize.  Right off the bat however I'm running into an issue and thought I'd ask here about it.


Let's say you had a thread stud welded onto a frame and you had a nut.  The nut needs to thread onto the stud.  Broken down into animation movement the nut needs to spin a certain number of times while moving along the stud.  Pretty simple right.  That's what I thought but I'm having difficulty making it work in Visualize.


I can key frame two XYZ (in this case just along one axis) positions to make the nut move along the rod.

I can right click the nut an add a rotation animation to make the nut rotate a certain number of times.

When I do these things Visualize will not show both movements together.  I can turn one off and it will spin or I can turn one off and it will move but if they are both on I only get one, movement or spinning.  So, that technique failed


I decided I'd just key frame the position and rotation on the key frames.  Turns out if you want to key frame anything more than 180 degrees of rotation you are in for an exercise in patience and frustration.  I can get it to work sort of but its not precise, not reliable and a lot of trial and error.  So, that technique failed


Does anybody have any experience in making this type of animation work In Visualize?


I mean this is very basic movement.  I have to believe not being able to achieve it Visualize is me and not the software but I could be wrong?

Categories: SOLIDWORKS Visualize

Last comment By: Rob Rodríguez   Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:43:20 GMT
Re: Animation Question


I'm not a Visualize person, but can't you use the Screw Mate and animate it, going from one position to the next according to the progression of the screw?

By: Dennis Dohogne  Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:00:07 GMT
Re: Animation Question

I could do that in SolidWorks.  Visualize doesn't have "mates" so that doesn't work there.


I could set up the animation in SolidWorks and transfer to Visualize.  I was just trying to skip that step.


Thanks for the reply.

By: Rob Rodríguez  Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:06:24 GMT
Re: Animation Question

Hi Rob,


If you got the bolt and nut as two different parts in an assembly and import it using Part Grouping =  "Automatic", you can utilize the structure to add the rotation antimation to the nut and the vertical movement to its parent node. If you need an accurate movement, it takes some fiddling with numbers to get the timing right. Once placed on the timeline, you can adjust the rotation animation properties to get more than 360 degrees.



By: Lars Haaland  Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:32:39 GMT
Re: Animation Question

Of course!!!  Even I didn't see this at first.  Add Rotation Animation on the bolt...and then move it's parent group (which is usually on it's own with no additional children when importing with Automatic OR Group/Appearance).

By: Ron Bates  Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:47:23 GMT
Re: Animation Question

Hi Lars,


Your idea worked perfectly!  Thanks for the information

By: Rob Rodríguez  Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:43:20 GMT
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