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Is there a way to capture the path of a specific point from an animation created in Creo?

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Is there a way to capture the path of a specific point from an animation created in Creo?

I have an interconnected gear setup with arms attached to the gears.  When the gears move, the arms move at an unspecified path.  I would like to be able to find out the exact path on the unattached end of the arms, so I can create additional features, such as a groove or use the path for something else.  Does Creo have this ability or is there another software that can capture the animation and generate this path?

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Re: Is there a way to capture the path of a specific point from an animation created in Creo?

First you need to define/run a motion analysis. Then in Mechanism tab, under Analysis select "Trace Curve"

trace_curve1.jpg

In the Trace Curve dialog you need to select the "Paper Part" - This is where the curve will be created

trace_curve2.jpg

Next select the point in the center of the unattached arm and the result set.

The result will be a group containing a coordinate offset datum point feature and a curve "through points".

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Re: Is there a way to capture the path of a specific point from an animation created in Creo?

First you need to define/run a motion analysis. Then in Mechanism tab, under Analysis select "Trace Curve"

trace_curve1.jpg

In the Trace Curve dialog you need to select the "Paper Part" - This is where the curve will be created

trace_curve2.jpg

Next select the point in the center of the unattached arm and the result set.

The result will be a group containing a coordinate offset datum point feature and a curve "through points".

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Re: Is there a way to capture the path of a specific point from an animation created in Creo?

This is exactly what I was looking for.  Thank you so much.

Re: Is there a way to capture the path of a specific point from an animation created in Creo?

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