Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Animating objects, part of Navisworks 2017 Essential Training.
As you may have learned, you can physically move, scale or rotate an object in Navisworks. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could force Navisworks to do this automatically? Say for example we want to go into a room, go through a door but we don't want to go through the door like we're a ghost. We want to simulate that door opening and that door shutting as we go through it. This video will cover the animated dialogue and we'll show you how to create a scene then append objects to that scene we can then use the rotate command and drag that scene onto a timeliner.
So to get started let's jump into our Navisworksessential.NWD file or whatever project you might be working on. I want to go into this room here so what I'm going to do is click my orbit tool. I'm going to orbit around climb right on it and I'm going to zoom into it. Once I'm aligned to it I'm going to go ahead and use my walk tool make sure your collision and gravity are both turned off. I'm going to walk right into my room. I'm going to walk right up to this door and pan down a little bit.
The first thing I'm going to do is right click on my door and select Hotel Room Door. If your properties aren't turned on, go ahead and turn your properties on. Go to the Element tab. And find the door number. Write that door number down because we're going to need it. Now you can hit escape a couple of times. I'm going to pan back so I can see the door a little bit better. Then I'm going to close my properties dialog. Now let's get started on the animator. On the Home tab click the Animator Button. This will open up the animator dialog. So to get started what we need to do is actually create what's called a scene.
We only have button available, so let's click it. Let's click Add Scene. Instead of scene one, just click onto scene one and call it door 2015. And hit Enter. Now what we need to do is physically select the door. So go ahead and right click on the door and select Hotel Room Door. Now for door 2015, go ahead and right click on top of that, click the Add Animation Set from Current Selection.
Let's call that 20, 15 rotate, and let's hit Enter. Now what we need to do is click on the rotate animation set. This will bring up our gizmo. What we need to do is zoom in on it a little bit. The objective here is to click on this bubble. In the middle. Once it turns yellow let's bring it over to where the door will be hinging, right about here, make sure you're clicking on the middle bubble not the arrows. Now we need to capture a key frame.
Basically what that is, is we're going to click the capture key frame button And we are to click on the timeliner right here, it's a little triangle that we can pick. Let's drag that up through above three seconds or so. Now what we're going to do is we're going to click on this little blue horizontal plane. And we're going to hold it down and we're going to rotate the door open to a little bit less than 90 degrees. Now that we've got that open the idea is now to make the door shut again. So let's go ahead and click on capture key frame again.
This'll add a little triangle here go ahead and right click on that triangle. And copy it. Next thing that we're going to do is we're going to grab this little red triangle and we're going to move it over just a little bit this is going to give our door a little bit of a pause. Now we're going to right click right in this area and we're going to select paste. Now what we want to do is to have a ping-pong effect. So, the PP under the rotate, go ahead and click that. What this does. Is this causes the door to open up, the timeliner goes through, it pauses for a second, and then it will shut back again.
It's now we have done that let's click on the step back button or we can go to rewind all the way back. Let's click the play button. And watch our door open, gets to a point, and then our door will shut again. I keep saying pretty cool, but that is pretty cool. Try doing that in Revit or AutoCAD. Keep doing this exercise a couple times. There are a few quirky little steps that you'll have to get used to, and also, once you do it, think about other uses for this besides a door. Maybe a crane, or some items flying around a construction site.
- Appending and merging different file types
- Walking through your model
- Working with viewpoints
- Reviewing and marking up a model
- Manipulating and finding objects
- Adding links to objects
- Sorting and grouping
- Creating clash tests
- Adding a timeline with the Timeliner
- Creating material takeoffs
- Creating custom animations and scripts for an interactive movie
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 05/09/2016. What changed?
A: We added one new tutorial on BIM 360 and a whole new chapter of videos on rendering in Navisworks.
Q. This course was updated 03/21/2017. What changed?
A. Three videos were updated in the first chapter. The following topics were also updated in chapters 8 and 12: creating a simluation for the TImeLiner, changing the survey point and project base point in Revit, finding and running Civil 3D Object Enablers, and combining Civil and Revit.