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R2014a (Version 4.4)

Released: 6 Mar 2014

Version 4.4, part of Release 2014a, includes the following enhancements:

  • STEP file import
  • Total and constraint force and torque calculation in joint blocks
  • Time-varying gravity option in Mechanism Configuration block
  • Gravitational Field block
  • Animation at arbitrary speed in Mechanics Explorer

See the Release Notes for details.

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Previous Releases

R2013b (Version 4.3) - 5 Sep 2013

Version 4.3, part of Release 2013b, includes the following enhancements:

  • Joint blocks that now permit prescribed motion defined as an input signal
  • Actuation force and actuation torque calculation for prescribed motion
  • Additional CAD constraints translated during model import
  • Bevel Gear Constraint block

See the Release Notes for details.

R2013a (Version 4.2) - 7 Mar 2013

Version 4.2, part of Release 2013a, includes the following enhancements:

  • Common Gear block
  • Rack and Pinion block
  • Pin Slot Joint block
  • Internal Force block for modeling action and reaction forces
  • Published XML Schema for model import, enabling users to import mechanical models from external applications such as CAD systems

See the Release Notes for details.

R2012b (Version 4.1) - 11 Sep 2012

Version 4.1, part of Release 2012b, includes the following enhancements:

  • Second Generation technology now supporting CAD import from SolidWorks, Inventor, and Pro/ENGINEER
  • Second Generation technology now supporting C-code generation with Simulink Coder
  • Solid of revolution geometry in Solid block

See the Release Notes for details.

R2012a (Version 4.0) - 1 Mar 2012

Version 4.0, part of Release 2012a, includes the following enhancements:

  • Second-generation technology for multibody mechanical systems modeling
  • Continued first-generation technology support
  • Redesigned graphical language for block diagrams, with ports and nodes mapping directly to frames
  • 3-D visualization via Mechanics Explorer, with multiple simultaneous views and tree browser for navigating model
  • Animation controls, including adjusting animation speed and replaying without rerunning simulation
  • Automatic calculation of mass and inertia from body geometries
  • Initial condition options, including priority settings for specified initial conditions
  • Improved integration with Simscape, including units and Physical Signals

See the Release Notes for details.