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Linking One Configuration to One Motion Study

Question asked by Christopher Buckley on May 4, 2020

I would like to generate motion study animations for multiple configurations and have the results of these be mutually exclusive (one motion study animation per one configuration). In the Solidworks Documentation[[2019 SOLIDWORKS Help - Configuration-specific Motion Studies](https://help.solidworks.com/2019/English/SolidWorks/motionstudies/c_config_specific_motion_studies.htm?verRedirect=1 "https://help.solidworks.com/2019/English/SolidWorks/motionstudies/c_config_specific_motion_studies.htm?verRedirect=1") ] it only talks about saving plot data and not anything to do with the animation sequence you see in the Solidworks GUI itself.

 

Also the documentation is simply wrong in that if you click Play from Start (wrong button icon here btw) then this will just play the previously calculated motion study motion/animation with the other configuration visible (i.e. nothing is recalculated and things that would otherwise have contact mates appear to be going through solid objects, etc.). When you calculate the motion study is this supposed to be generating animations/data for all configurations and my system is simply not working correctly?

 

Even if I generate multiple motion studies, when I change the configuration of the model to say Configuration2, the displayed configuration in all motion studies shows Configuration2, not Configuration1, in which the animation/motion study was calculated. Is there no way to link the motion study to the configuration in which is was generated? If not, is there at least some way to export the animation as a movie file or something similar? I don't see any way to manage this as it stands. How are people remembering which configuration was used to generated which motion study? Its seems like this should be a defining property of a given motion study, but I see no such property or link.

 

The most similar question asked here so far was (here)[[Updating Motion Study for New Configuration](https://forum.solidworks.com/message/328358 "Updating Motion Study for New Configuration") ] but the conclusion was lackluster (video card problem).

 

Another use touches on the issue (here)[[Configurations of motion study](https://forum.solidworks.com/message/125275 "Configurations of motion study") ] but just points to the API as a possible way around without any guarantee of success.

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