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Animation Designer: Defining How Things Will Move for Kinematic Studies

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If you make products that have moving parts, chances are you want to see them in action and need to know kinematic properties such as displacements, velocities, accelerations, and even collisions. New in NX 12  is Animation Designer and it will do just that. This video shows how to get define motion through joints. Learn how to:


  • Add joints to rigid groups
  • Display joints
  • Add joint limits to control rigid group movement
  • Graphically see and test joint definition


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This video will help you get started with creating kinematic studies using Animation Designer. For details or a demonstration, ask your sales partner for NX Animation Designer, Product ID NX30178.



Kris Kasprzak
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I have a question about Animation Designer.


Where would you draw the line between Animation Designer and Motion in NX?

Or which features are not in Animation Designer but in Motion? And vice versa!


I can assume some points but I would be grateful to hear it officially.


Siemens Legend Siemens Legend
Siemens Legend

Hi #WinnCh,

Simply explained,  Animation Designer is a designers tool rather than an analysts and enables the designer to very quickly create and analyse motion. This can be done within a single part file containing multiple geometry or in a traditional assembly. The one key aspect is that motion can be created irrespective of the make up of the geometry/assembly. One other major difference between AD and NX Motion is that you cannot create or utilise force information.


Hope this chart explains in more detail'



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Siemens Product

Animation Designer


Animation Designer

NX Motion

Target User




Designer / Analyst

Key capabilities

2D free body motion study

·Assembly modeling

·Single part moving based on assembly constraints and structure

·Time-based motion independent of structure

·Fast position and collision solving of multiple parts

·Graphic analysis of motion parameters

·Analyze forces, frictions, dampening effects

·Highly accurate solver

·Flexible bodies

·Advanced simulation