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Making Animation with Scilab

1. Introduction

When motions of a mechanical system are computed, there are cases where we want to verify the motions by means of animations. While various languages and software can be used to make animations, this tutorial explains how to make simple animations of rigid body motions with Scilab, which is popular open source software for numerical computation.

For example, we can make animations like the following. Scilab codes in this tutorial have been tested with Scilab 6.1.

animation of translating block
animation of rotating block