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SolidWorks

Link Simscape™ Multibody™ software to SolidWorks® CAD software

Functions

smlink_linksw Register and link Simscape Multibody Link software as SolidWorks add-in
smlink_unlinksw Unlink Simscape Multibody Link software as SolidWorks add-in

Examples and How To

Enable Simscape Multibody Link SolidWorks Plug-In

The Simscape Multibody Link plug-in provides the primary interface for exporting CAD assemblies into Simscape Multibody software.

Export CAD Assembly from SolidWorks Software

In the SolidWorks menu bar, select Simscape Multibody Link > Export.

Export Robot Assembly from SolidWorks Software

Generate a Simscape Multibody Import XML file for a robot arm assembly.

Export Stewart Platform from SolidWorks Software

Generate a Simscape Multibody Import XML file for a robot arm assembly.

Configure Simscape Multibody Link

The Simscape Multibody Link add-in tool provides a Settings option.

Concepts

CAD Translation

Overview of the CAD translation stages and the files generated at each stage.

Translated Model

Structure and components of the Simscape Multibody model generated during CAD import.

Model Data File

Structure and information content of the model data file generated during CAD import.

CAD Model Export

CAD export approaches for supported and unsupported CAD platforms.

XML File Import

The smimport function as a means to convert multibody description XML files into Simscape Multibody models.

Data File Update

Overview of the CAD update stages and the files generated at each stage.

Mates and Joints

In a SolidWorks assembly, you connect parts using mates.

Troubleshooting

CAD Export Errors

CAD export errors due to unsupported CAD constraints or geometric entities.

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