Lesson 4: Motion Testing in SolidWorks



Final Lesson/Activity

This document introduces SolidWorks users to the SolidWorks Motion Simulation rigid body and dynamics software package. The specific goals of this lesson are to:

  1. introduce the basic concepts of rigid body kinematics and dynamic analysis and their benefits
  2. demonstrate the ease of use and the concise process for performing these analysis
  3. introduce the basic rules for rigid body kinematics and dynamic analysis.
  4. Define Planes
  5. Graphically display the path that any point on any moving part follows
  6. Modify the geometry of a design

Lesson Time

Direct Instruction
2 Hours
Review Assessment Activities
2 Hours
Student Practice in software
3 Hours
Student Presentations
4 Hours

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Information and Communication Technologies Information and Communication Technologies
    • Networking
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
    • Engineering Design
    • Architectural Design
    • Engineering Technology
    • Environmental Engineering
Grade Levels
  • 11

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (2)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (4)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Review torque and motion SW (SW Motion doc p. 20)
  • Practice Motion Analysis of 4 bar mechanism (doc 2-9-2-13)
  • Trace the Path of motion in a given assembly (doc p. 2.18)
  • Graphically display the path that any point and assess for forces of velocity, accelerations and movements (doc p. 2-18)

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