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Adding Attached Shapes from the MapleSim Component Library

To create a more realistic depiction of a 3-D model, you can add attached shapes from the MapleSim component library to a multibody diagram. These shapes are displayed in your 3-D model after you run a simulation. You can, for example, display a cylinder shape in your 3-D model to represent a connecting rod and trace lines to illustrate the paths along which components move during an animation.

For more information about attached shape components, see Visualization Components.

To add attached shapes from the MapleSim component library:

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In the Library Components tab ( ) at the left of the model workspace, expand the Multibody palette, and then expand the Visualization menu.

2. 

From this palette, drag a component to the model workspace and connect it to the components or connection lines for which you want to display the attached shape.

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(Optional) In the Properties tab ( ), specify parameter values to configure display options.

4. 

Simulate your model.

In the 3-D workspace, the shapes or lines are shown in addition to the implicit geometry representing the components or connection lines to which you added the attached shape.

Note

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Make sure that you connect the attached shapes directly to the components that they will be used to represent in the resulting animation.

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If you place a modeling component in a subsystem, its attached shape components should also be placed in the same subsystem.

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Attached shape components cannot be connected to subsystem ports.

See Also

The 3-D Visualization Environment

Adding Attached Shapes from an External File

Running a Simulation