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Visualize Professional assembly animation capabilties?

Question asked by Toft Bill on Feb 27, 2016
Latest reply on Feb 29, 2016 by Scott Ellery

I have an assembly I want to animate. This assembly is a solar panel support frame and I want to show the individual panels rotate (pivot) east to west as they track the sun each day. Right now I would do a SolidWorks Animation (to vary an angular mate over time), then use PhotoView 360 to do a frame by frame rendering. Finally use QuickTime Pro to make a movie from all those stills.

I actually read the Visual manual and it seems, if I upgraded to Professional, I can move individual parts in an assembly, using key frames. So I think I could show the starting position (facing east) and the ending position (facing west), then Visualize will interpolate everything in between?

It also seems that I can link parts so that I only need to do one panel and the others will follow along?

I hope the answer is yes, because adding the sun's movement (& shadows) will be the finishing touch.

Thanks, Bill