I'm having trouble creating some simple animations. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the models, I cannot upload my SolidWorks files here and it’s probably too time consuming to try and replicate the problem with a contrived example. I have, however, uploaded a video of the animation in question, and the problem that I am trying to deal with to Vimeo.
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Basically, as you'll see in the movie, my animation consists of some mining gear (a haul truck and an electric rope shovel). The purpose of this animation is to show the function of a spinning head 3D Lidar (google the google car if you’re interested). To add a bit of drama, the truck is reversing into a loading position while the shovel swings the bucket above the truck tray.
The problem that I am facing is that when the head of the laser (and the animated "laser beams") are rotated using a rotary motor feature, the camera appears to zoom in and out which is quite frustrating! I can assure you that the other components of the model are mated appropriately
Like I said, I can't provide you with my actual models, but I will try and describe the way everything is mated together:
The shovel tracks are fixed. The rotating body of the shovel is constrained with a concentric mate so that it can only rotate about a vertical axis of the tracks. It is constrained vertically with a coincident mate
The truck is constrained using a path mate. The path is a straight line 2D sketch within the assembly. It is constrained vertically with a coincident mate.
The motion of the shovel is created manually by clicking and dragging.