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Virtual Prototyping Training Series

This training series provides all the skills needed to build virtual prototypes, also known as digital prototypes. Learn how to prepare your 3D CAD model for simulation and how to use the high-level function block API of NI SoftMotion for SolidWorks to drive the simulation within the 3D CAD environment. In addition, experience how to use the information provided by the simulation tools to optimize your design. Discover how virtual prototyping can change the product development cycle and provide communication between different design teams to reduce the number of physical prototypes and lead to getting it right the first time.

Virtual Prototyping Training Series

Discover Virtual Prototyping Using LabVIEW, NI SoftMotion, and SolidWorks

Learn how to use NI SoftMotion for SolidWorks to drive the simulation within a SolidWorks 3D CAD model to simulate mechanical dynamics including mass and friction effects, cycle times, and individual component performance. See how these tools can help you improve the efficiency and performance of your machine design and lower the cost and risk of your development.

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Setting Up a SolidWorks Assembly for Simulation with NI LabVIEW

Discover how to prepare a SolidWorks assembly for simulation with the NI SoftMotion for SolidWorks tools. Learn how to properly mate your assembly, create a motion study, define different types of motors, and add inertia and friction parameters to your model. Additionally, learn the necessary steps to connect LabVIEW software with your SolidWorks model and initiate a simulation.

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Controlling a SolidWorks Model from NI LabVIEW

Explore the basic programming techniques needed to control your SolidWorks assembly using industrial grade motion control software. Learn to execute precise 2D motion trajectories by exploring the NI SoftMotion functions for straight line, arc, and contour moves and more. Deploy and run your simulation using LabVIEW and visualize the motion path in SolidWorks.

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Motion Control Timing and Sequencing

Learn how to combine multiple motion functions in serial or parallel to implement complex timing and sequencing. Add sensor feedback to create event-based logic. Finally, use trace path plot and collision detection features to validate your motion control logic.

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Advanced Motion Control Programming

See more advanced motion control programming techniques, including blended moves, electronic gearing, camming, and 3D motion control functions. Add charts in LabVIEW to monitor torque and velocity. Calculate motor sizing requirements and analyze machine performance parameters such as cycle time and throughput. Then easily deploy your application to NI CompactRIO to control the physical machine.

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