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Can I do this simulation with the SoftMotion module from labVIEW?

Question asked by Cor Jansen on Jan 9, 2011
Latest reply on Feb 2, 2011 by Gustavo Farias



I'm searching for a CAD tool suitable for my mechatronics projects.
Currently the tools I want to choose from are:


Autodesk Inventor
Pro Engineer (Creo Elements)


I will not ask which one is better. That question has been asked many times and there is no clear answer possible. I have a requirements and wish list and I'm checking all the points on the list with each tool. I can find information about most of my requiremetns and wishes on websites and forums. There is however one wish for which I can not find any information.


I would like to design motorized machines (e.g. robotics). I will use the CAD tool to design the mechanics. I will be able to simulate the motion by simulating motor rotation and or forces etc. But what I really would like to do is to simulate the motion including (servo) motor and the motor control loop (e.g. PID loop).


Now I did read something about the SoftMotion module of labVIEW. I understand that you can control your motors inside Solidworks. But is it also possible to simulate a complete motor control loop using this module? So can I use labVIEW to calculate a motor driving force, aply this force in the Solidworks model, making the model to move some parts and can I use some position feedback as input in labVIEW to recalculate the motor force. This way I could write a labVIEW progam that simulates the motor control loop, including PID filter.


So my question is: Is this possible? If so, then I think my choice has been made.

And if possible, which Solidworks version would I need for that?