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Enable Simscape Multibody Link SolidWorks Plug-In

About the Plug-In

The Simscape™ Multibody™ Link plug-in provides the primary interface for exporting CAD assemblies into Simscape Multibody software. The plug-in is compatible with three CAD applications: Autodesk Inventor®, Creo™ Parametric, and SolidWorks®. If you use a different CAD application, you can still export CAD assemblies using the Simscape Multibody Import XML schema.

Enable the Plug-In

Once you have downloaded and installed the Simscape Multibody Link plug-in, you must enable it on your SolidWorks application:

  1. At the MATLAB® command prompt, enter smlink_linksw.

  2. Start SolidWorks.

  3. In the Tools menu, select Add-Ins.

  4. In the Add-Ins dialog box, select the Simscape Multibody Link check box. A Simscape Multibody Link menu appears in the SolidWorks menu bar when you start or open a CAD assembly.

If your computer has more than one SolidWorks installation, the smlink_linksw command adds the Simscape Multibody Link plug-in to all installations simultaneously. However, you must select the Simscape Multibody Link check box in the Add-Ins dialog box individually for each installation you want to export CAD from.

Updating the Plug-In

If you are updating your Simscape Multibody Link version, you must disable the current version first. You do this by entering smlink_unlinksw at the MATLAB command prompt. Then, after downloading and installing the new plug-in version, follow the procedure for enabling the plug-in on your SolidWorks application.