Make it Move with SOLIDWORKS – Part 2

Have you ever wanted to make your model move but were not sure how to do it?

This is part two of our three part series about how to do just that in SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS has many built in design tools that capture or use motion to create technical design data for documentation purposes and so you can share your findings as a proof of concept.

While the first installment covered the Mate Controller, the second installment shows the Animation tools under the motion study tab for a more refined and detailed way to create motion in your assemblies.  At first the Animation tools may seem harder to use but I go over a few tips and tricks to make sure your animations look fluid and complete.

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Check out the part two video of the Make it Move with SOLIDWORKS series below and keep an eye out for our final installment in the coming weeks which will cover Motion Simulations!


My example for the Make it Move series is a model from FIRST Robotics Team 3506 YETI.  This robot was designed and built in 6 weeks by a team of high school students using SOLIDWORKS.  Black Ice was designed to shoot foam balls, cross rough terrain, and climb a six foot castle wall.


By: Robbie Hoyler • SOLIDWORKS Application Engineer • TPM

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