Linking matlab with solidworks or get matlab simulink 3D animation toolbox
I seriously think that USC should get license for matlab simulink 3D animation toolbox as we(mechanical engineers) are given licenses for many other toolboxes. This will really help a mechanical guy to simulate complex mechanical model which may not be possible to do in any of the CAD softwares available in market or with USC. How it works? First a model can be made in any CAD software and then saved in .vrml format. A simulink 3D animation toolbox realize .vrml format files and then
one can simulate models with complex user-defined equations.
There is only one other way of simulating CAD models in matlab and i.e. linking a CAD software to matlab which requires downloading a linking software which is free on internet and registration of matlab as an automation server. All these things are provided by matlab but as a student, we are not able to install anything on a USC computer which requires administrative permissions. Everyone in USC knows good CAD modelling but limited or no 3D animating and simulating skills.
We can simulate results in simulink or through matlab programming but we are not able to visualize 3D mechanical models moving and performing actions according to equations in matlab. As an example:-
linking matlab and solidworks