What is the difference between simple motion and animation in solidworks?
there are two options: simple motion and animation in study of new motion. what is the difference?
Basic motion uses gravity and physical contact, while Animation uses key frames that you can generate.
Essentially, Animation is for presentation purposes and Basic Motion is for analyzing. Both can use Mates and Motors.
Here is an example I made where you can't use Animation because the study depends on physics: http://grabcad.com/questions/how-can-i-do-some-like-that-scott-bruins-wall-smash-animation-link-in-the-description.