In earlier lessons we created targets that move front to back and side to side. Targets that move in a straight-line like this use paths with two waypoints; a beginning and an end. But if you want a target to zig zag or move in a circle, you’ll need to create paths with multiple waypoints. Target paths can have up to 10 waypoints.


In this lesson we’re going to create a path with 5 waypoints so that the target moves in a box formation as shown below.

Start DART Studio. You will see the default screen like this.



Select the Targets menu and click the Path command.



Our target’s path already has 2 waypoints. First, we’ll set the position of the first two waypoints, then we’ll add 3 more to finish our path.


In the Navigation Panel at the top of the screen, set the Horizontal value of the first waypoint to -3 and the Distance value to 15.



Click the Next button in the Path command panel to move to the next waypoint.



In the Navigation Panel at the top of the screen, set the Horizontal value of the first waypoint to -10 and the Distance value to 45.



Now we need to add a third waypoint. Do this by clicking the Add button in the Path command panel. When you add a waypoint, you are automatically moved to the new waypoint. You will see that the command panel now reads Waypoint 3 of 3.



In the Navigation Panel at the top of the screen, set the Horizontal value of the first waypoint to 10 and leave the Distance value at 45.



Clicking the Add button in the Path command panel again to add the fourth waypoint.



In the Navigation Panel at the top of the screen, set the Horizontal value of the first waypoint to 3 and the Distance value to 15.



Clicking the Add button once more to add the fifth waypoint. Since we want the target to finish in the same place it began, we’ll set the position values to the same numbers used for the first waypoint. Set the Horizontal value of the first waypoint to -3 and the Distance value to 15.



Next we need to set the Travel Time and instruct the target how much time it has to move along the path. Do this by clicking the Motion command and setting the Travel Time slider to 8.



Preview the path by using the Preview button or pressing the 3 key on your keyboard. If you followed the instructions, your target motion should look like this.



If you like your path, you can save it for use with other targets. To do that, click the Path button and then click the Save Path button in the command panel. This will open the Save Target Path window. Type a name for your path on the bottom bar next to the flashing cursor and click Save.