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I have made a model that I would like to make move. How do I make the components on my project move in and out or up and down like an animation? Any help is appreciated. Sorry I cannot share the drawing, as it is somewhat of an invention I am working on. Thanks
 

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you'll need to create several scenes, in each scene you'll have the object in different locations, so when you animate your project and move between scenes, it'll seem like the object is moving from position A to position B.

If you want I can write a tutorial and post it tomorrow (unless you get a quicker answer).
 

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Is it to late if the entire thing becomes a component if I click on one section? If I click on one section the entire project turns blue. How do I seperate them from that point, without starting over or moving to many things? when I drew it originally I never made anything into a component, so I am guessing it locked it all together on it's own?
 

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Contact Dave R, he is my LJ resident expert here, he also teaches courses on it.

But as PurpleLev said, you will need to create a scene for each stop animation. Click on Window tab and open the scences box. Then position the model how you want it, hide anything you don't want to see, and then click the plus button to make a scene.

For example if you wanted to create a moving wheel animation. You would copy the wheel 4-12 times, depending on how much realism you wanted, rotate each copy a little. then hide them all except the one you need for that particular stop animation scene.

Hope that makes sense, and Dave will probably correct me. Go Dave and tell him thanks for all the times he has helped me.
 

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Keith, if you right-click on the component you can select "explode" which will break the component into it's parts. you stated that you didn't use sub components- this in itself may lead to many problems and frustrations.

what I usually suggest is to consider each part in your model as a 'board' of wood. each 'board' should be a separate component. this way you can treat your parts in your model independently just as you would treat the boards in your woodworking project differently.

it may be beneficial to start the model over while keeping each part a separate component - otherwise it may just be impossible to animate anything as you intend to.

PM me if you still want a tutorial. and I'll have it posted tomorrow.
 

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Thanks guys. Dave, thanks for the link. I'm sure I will have to watch it 1 million times to get the jist. It's definetly not the easiest program I've tried to learn and I typically give up after about 5 minutes.
 
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