Define Rotational Motion

Use Rotation tool to define mesh rotation on solid bodies or surfaces.

  1. From the Motion ribbon, click the Rotation tool.

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  2. Select surfaces and/or solids.
    Use the guide bar selectors to filter which entity type you can select.
  3. Click Axis on the guide bar.
  4. Left-click to position the axis of rotation in the modeling window.
    Tip: Use snap points to position the axis on existing points, lines, surface centers, etc.
  5. Use the options in the microdialog to further align the axis.
    • Click to flip the rotation direction.
    • Click X, Y, or Z to align to the global axes.
    • Click to position the axis using the Vector tool. Once the position is defined, press Esc to return to the current context.
    • Click to enter axis and rotation center coordinates.
  6. In the microdialog, select a motion definition type then define the motion.
    Option Description
    Constant Define a constant velocity.
    Time Varying
    1. Click .
    2. In the dialog, define a basis for motion variation, a motion input, and a data interpolation type.
    3. Use the table and the plot area to create a data set.
    4. Exit the dialog.
    1. Click .
    2. In the dialog, define a motion input.
    3. Enter values for frequency, phase, and amplitude.
    4. Exit the dialog.
  7. From the guide bar, execute the command in the following ways:
    • Click to confirm your selection and remain in the tool.

      This allows you to continue creating instances and helps you visualize and edit instances with the legend.

    • Click to confirm your selection and exit the tool.