Make a Simple Animation

Let’s go through an easy step by step process on making a simple animation in SOLIDWORKS using different views (orientations) and translation/rotation of components.

Before starting, here are a couple things to help:

  •    The time bar is the orange vertical bar that is moved with a click and drag (Seen in Figure 1)


Figure 1: Time Bar

  •   Turn on Autokey: Automatically places keys and creates the animation command where the time bar is at (Seen in Figure 2)


Figure 2: Autokey Button location

  •   Make sure view key creation is not disabled: Disabling prevents changes in views from being created; right click on Orientation and Camera Views (Seen in Figure 3)


Figure 3: View Key Creation option

Make an Animation of different orientations

1.      Drag time bar to desired result time

2.      Change to the desired view (right, front, etc.)

3.      The key is created at the time the bar was dragged to

4.      Repeat as desired

Make an Animation of dragged components

1.      Turn on Autokey

2.      Make sure what is moving is not fixed in assembly or constrained by mates

3.      Drag time bar to desired result time

4.      Suppress any mates restricting desired movement

5.      Drag components to desired locations in graphics area

6.      The key is created at the time the bar was dragged to

Make an Animation of translated/rotated components (not dragged)

1.      Make sure what is moving is not fixed in assembly or constrained by mates

2.      Right click on part in the motion tree and choose Move

3.      Choose how want to move it (ex: By Delta XYZ)

4.      Input desired location and hit enter

Note: It can be moved as many times as desired but it will move in the most efficient way to the final location when completed (not in the steps that you moved it to be there)


Apply translation x = 3 and then y = -1 will not move 3 and then -1, it will move diagonally


Figure 4: Move Command

4Move Component

Figure 5: Control parameters to Move or Rotate

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