Getting Started Tutorial

The AnyBody Managed Model Repository (AMMR)

The AnyBody software comes along with an inbuilt model repository. This is the AMMR, a collection of human body models that are based on the latest research studies.

Most importantly, it comes with a set of demo models (eg: MoCap based walking model, cycling etc.) that can serve as a useful learning tool, or even as the foundations for your own modeling studies.

Building models from the bottom-up is described further in “Getting Started AnyScript Programming”.

Modifying the postures and motion of an existing model is introduced in “Getting Started:Modeling” and the “MakingThings Move” tutorials.

Goals for this tutorial

This tutorial takes the top-down approach and aims to accomplish the following:

  1. Create a new standing model using the Human Standing template model

  2. Learn how to load & change the posture of the human model, and use the model view window

  3. Run an inverse dynamics analysis and review the results.

This entire tutorial relies heavily on using the AMMR described above.

Setup the AMMR

Before you continue you must unpack the entire repository and save it on your hard disk. To get a copy of the AMMR press the Demo tab in the AnyBody assistant dialog box.


Following the instructions in the Demo tab will install a copy of the AMMR in your documents folder by default. It is good practice to create a second local copy of the AMMR so that you do not overwrite the original AMMR folder by accident.

AMMR structure

Open a file manager and navigate to the directory where you unpacked the repository. You should see a folder structure that includes the following subfolders:

  • Application includes demo simulations of activities such as cycling, lifting a box or propelling a wheelchair.

  • Body contains models of body parts and collections of body parts such as the lumbar spine model, leg models etc. which are used by the applications.

A closer inspection of the Application branch reveals that it has three subfolders:

  • The Beta folder contains models that are unfinished, but may still be useful.

  • The Examples folder contains many models of various activities of daily living, and it is likely that you will find a model that is similar to your own end goal.

  • The MocapExamples folder contains models utilizing the AnyMoCap framework. If you have your own motion capture data this is a good place to start, whether you want to analyze multi trial/subject MoCap data or a single subject wearing an inertial MoCap suit.

  • The Validation folder contains models that have been used for validation purposes, typically by comparison of the model predictions with experimental measurements.

See also

With that knowledge, you are all set to go, and you can proceed with Lesson 1: Creating the standing model using template.