National Instruments and SolidWorks have collaborated to develop integrated tools that make mechatronics oriented design and seamless deployment to hardware easy. The seamless integration of the LabVIEW 2009 NI SoftMotion Module and SolidWorks software delivers a design environment that is ideal for virtual prototyping.
I had the opportunity to participate in a SoftMotion workshop at NI Week 2009 last August. Using the motion control functions in SoftMotion, it was easy to see how the SolidWorks model would react to different trajectories. Being able to examine the behavior of the virtual prototype of a product has tremendous benefits.