AnyBody™ SolidWorks2AnyBody

Products with man-machine interfaces such as prostheses, fitness machines, and exoskeletons require significant testing in physical labs to meet the high requirements for function, comfort, and safety. The AnyBody Modeling System enables users to shortcut this process by conducting virtual musculoskeletal modeling tests of designs. The effort needed for this analysis is greatly reduced with the integrated add-in to convert CAD models into AnyBody models.

Transfer SolidWorks Assemblies to AnyBody

SolidWorks2AnyBody is an add-in for SolidWorks. The tool translates SolidWorks CAD models into corresponding AnyScript models, including all mass properties, mate relationships, and color information of the different parts.

Human Centered Product Design

Small changes during the design process can be explored quickly and iteratively with respect to its affect on the musculoskeletal system. The AnyBody Modeling System provides detailed information on loading and activations of individual muscles, joint reaction forces throughout the entire body, or reactions on a man-machine interface level.

Adding the Human to the Model

The kinematic connections (constraints) between the human AnyBody model and your assembly model are defined as follows:

  1. Define objects (Reference Coordinate System) in your SolidWorks assembly for the point of contact
  2. Transfer your assembly to AnyBody
  3. Define similar objects (AnyRefNode objects) to human segments where contact will occur, e.g. hand, foot, pelvis, and thorax

Add-in Features

All information about an assembly is organized within the feature tree of SolidWorks. The basic concept of SolidWorks2AnyBody is to transfer the tree structure of an assembly directly. All information can then be found in the associated tree structure in AnyBody.

  • A SolidWorks assembly is converted to an AnyFolder object
  • A SolidWorks part is converted to an AnySeg object
  • A SolidWorks mate is converted to a combination of several constraints in AnyBody (Mechanical mates are converted to AnyBody Joints)

Selected Applications

Prostheses: Optimize design to improve patients' comfort and efficiency
Fitness Machines: Develop sports equipment for optimal workout of specific muscles
Exoskeletons: Design patient-specific active orthoses
Work Ergonomics: Analyze environments for optimal handling and reduction in accidents