50 The FABRICATOR NOVEMBER 2017
Using different software for animation, specifically
Solid Works Composer, we created another poser
to hit the dance floor. A thumbnail can be seen in
Why is this exciting? Composer and Motion Controller are similar in that both capture positions at
moments in time as on a storyboard and then animate the transitions between those views. Composer has clever filters and tools in the timeline editor
that make the director’s job easier while refining the
storyboard. There are no favorites here, just different tools. Solid Works is a wonderful tool for invention and manufacturing. Composer is a fine tool for
presentation and documentation.
The work flow for composing the dashing poser
animation called for exporting hombre.sldasm as
hombre.SMG and then opening the SMG with Com-
poser. While in that program, we added child-parent
links between foot, shin, thigh, abdomen, and torso
(for both feet) and then repeated for hand, forearm,
bicep, and torso (for both hands). The last child-
parent link added was between head and torso, but
that was just coincidence. We may add or remove
child-parent links as they are needed. The torso is
the parent of four children, kinematically speaking.
It is the only kinematic/rigid actor in this project.
The next step in our work flow was to set the pivot
location (used for transforming the position of ac-
tors during rotation) at the local coordinate system
for all actors.
Along the way, we set the kinematic type for each
of the actors. We used Pivot for all. Spherical works
well for this poser too. When the system is in kine-
matic drag mode, we can move any limb with the
mouse. The chain reaction of position for connected
limbs is fairly easy to control.
With the kinematic behavior of the poser ready
to go, we captured a series of views showing pos-
er standing, striding, squatting, and sitting. Those
views were then dragged onto the storyboard time-
line. Camera views were added, and the video was
For setting up still shots for product illustrations,
the use of props can help the audience understand
the product value. Animation of the product, and
the props, can be instructive and entertaining.
We hope you find Poser.sldasm or hombre.smg to
be a useful prop in your kit of tricks. Be sure to check
and-3-d-cad-downloads for hombre’s download
link to Composer SMG version and the zipped Solid-
Works SLDASM version.
Gerald Davis uses CAD software to design and develop
products for his clients at www.glddesigns.com. Please
send your questions and comments to dand@thefabri
This dashing poser from another animation was cre-
ated with Composer using child-parent links, pivots on
local coordinates, kinematic pivot types, and kinemat-
ic-mode to drag the limbs into position. Sitting, stand-
ing, and running—all were relatively easy mouse drags