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Model Import

Import CAD and URDF multibody models into the Simscape™ Multibody™ environment

Import a multibody model from a third-party application for simulation, design, and analysis tasks in the Simscape Multibody environment. You can import CAD and URDF models using the smimport function. You must export your CAD models in a valid XML format—one conforming to the Simscape Multibody XML schema—prior to import. The XML file is known as the multibody description file.

Use the Simscape Multibody Link plug-in to generate a valid multibody description file from SolidWorks®, Autodesk® Inventor®, or PTC® Creo™ software. Use the smexportonshape function to generate a valid multibody description file from an Onshape® web account. Part geometries are exported alongside the multibody description file as STEP or STL files.

Functions

smexportonshapeExport a CAD assembly model from Onshape cloud software
smimportImport a multibody model from a URDF or Simscape Multibody XML file

Topics

Desktop CAD Import

Install the Simscape Multibody Link Plug-In

Download and install the Simscape Multibody Link CAD export plug-in.

CAD Translation

Overview of CAD translation with emphasis on workflow, tools, and generated models.

Import a CAD Assembly Model

General steps for generating Simscape Multibody models from XML multibody description files.

Import a Robotic Arm CAD Model

Use the smimport function to generate a robotic arm model from a multibody description XML file.

Onshape CAD Import

Onshape Import

Overview of CAD import from Onshape software with emphasis on import workflow, tools, and user authentication.

Import an Onshape Humanoid Model

Export a humanoid robot from Onshape software and import it into Simscape Multibody software.

URDF Import

URDF Primer

Learn about the URDF specification popular in the robotics community and create a simple URDF model for later import into the Simscape Multibody environment.

URDF Import

Importing a URDF model. Mapping URDF entities to Simscape Multibody blocks. A simple URDF import example.

Import a URDF Humanoid Model

Export a humanoid robot from Onshape software and import it into Simscape Multibody software.

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