FUNDAMENTALS

In MechDesigner, to build a model, you do these three steps:

STEP 1: Use a command to add an element - see commands in Menus and Toolbars
STEP 2: Open the element's dialog-Box
STEP 3: Edit the element's Parameters - see How to Edit Parameters in Dialog-Boxes

This topic reviews the different procedures you can use to do STEP 2.


STEP 2 : Different Procedures to open the element's dialog-box.

To open the element dialog-box, we must be able to select the element. We can select the element in three different places:

tog_minus        Use the Selection-Window

Summary:

1.We put the element in the Selection-Window.
2.Right-click the element
3.Click 'Edit element' in the contextual menu.

This procedure is the most reliable.

Clickonetime

1: 'Select' the element to put it in the Selection-Window.

We can select the element in two places:

In the Graphic-area:

a)Move your mouse over the element so that the element becomes RED [default colour]
b)Click the element ONE-TIME.

The element shows in the Selection-Window.

Elements that are related to the element you click also show in the Selection-Window.

Assembly-Tree-ClickElement

- OR -

In the Assembly-Tree.

a)Click the element ONE-TIME

The element shows in the Selection-Window.

Elements that are 'related' to the element you click also show in the Selection-Window.

Edit-Element-SW

2: Right-click the element in the Selection-Window

A contextual menu shows - see image

3: Click 'Edit-element' in the contextual menu.

The element's dialog-box opens


See image:

In this case, when you click 'Edit element...', the dialog-box of the 'Motion-Dim Slid' element opens.

tog_minus        Double-Click the element

Summary:

1.Double-click the element in the Graphic-Area, Assembly-Tree or Selection-Window.

Note: At times, the double-click procedure may not work, particularly with large models. In this case, use the Selection-Window procedure - see above.


Double-Click the element in the grpahic-area.

Double-Click the element in the grpahic-area.

Graphic-Area

1.Move your mouse-pointer above the element

The element becomes the 'highlight-colour'.

It is important that the only one element is the 'highlight colour' Red [default colour].

2.Double-click the element in the graphic-area

When there are many elements in the same place,  it is sometimes difficult to double-click the element.

In this case, do one of the following:

Become precise with your mouse-pointer! Edit the Cursor Selection size - See Edit menu > Application Settings > Accessibility tab
Use Selection Filters to reduce the selection to only those elements you choose.
Use Display Filters to hide other elements.
Double-click the Element in the Assembly-Tree

Double-click the Element in the Assembly-Tree

Assembly-Tree

1.Double-click the element in the Assembly-Tree.
Double-click the Element in the Selection-Window

Double-click the Element in the Selection-Window

Selection-Window

1.Click the element in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree one time so that it shows in the Selection-Window.

When the element is in Selection-Window,

2.Double-click the element in the Selection-Window.

tog_minus        Right-Click the element

Summary:

1.Right-click the element in the Selection-Window [see above], the Assembly-Tree and Graphic-Area
2.Click 'Edit-Element in the contextual menu.

Edit-Element-AssTree

In the Assembly-Tree:

1.Right-click the element one time in the Assembly-Tree

The contextual menu shows.

In the contextual menu:

2.Click 'Edit Element...'

Edit-Element-icon-palette

In the Graphic-Area:

1.Right-click an element.
2.Click 'Edit Element' in the contextual menu.

tog_minus        Edit menu (or toolbar) > Edit Element tool  

EditElement

Summary: Click the Element in the Assembly-Tree or Graphic-Area, and then click the Edit Element tool in the Edit menu or the the Edit toolbar.

EditElement-example2

In the Graphic-area, Assembly-Tree, or Selection-Window:

1.Click the element

EditElement-Example-Toolbar

2.Click Edit menu (or Edit toolbar ) > Edit Element

The element's dialog-box opens.

Special Cases:

Point 1: You cannot edit a dimension when Add Dimension is active!

Point 2: The dimension element includes the:

Extension Lines, and its
Dimension Lines, with the Arrowhead.

The dimension element does not include its:

Dimension Value [the number].

Edit-Dimension-Double-click

To edit a Dimension:

If, in the local toolbar, 'Add Dimension' is active:

1.Click Add Dimension again, to de-select the Add Dimension tool

Do the normal actions to open a dialog-box. For example:

2.Double-Click the arrowhead of a dimension to open Edit Dimension dialog-box

Note: We recommend you click, or double-click, the arrowhead, as it is an easy target. You can also double-click the dimension-line or an extension-lines.

However, if you double-click the dimension number - 90.02 in the image above - MechDesigner will not respond.

Double-clickGear-Pair

The Gear-Pair and 2D-Cam or Similar Elements.

It is possible that you click a total of four elements when you click a Gear-Pair (or 2D-Cam):

the Gear-Pair (or 2D-Cam),
a Polyline, and
a Profile with its Extrusion elements.

In this case, to edit the Gear-Pair (or 2D-Cam), we recommend you use the Selection-Window technique - See Here

EditElement-Profile

To edit a Profile - or Auto-Profile.

1.Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to spin the model, so that you can see the Pink Profile Element - the default colour.
2.Double-click the Profile element

- or -

1.Click the Profile one time.

The Profile and Extrusion elements are now in the Selection-Window.

2.Right-click the Extrusion element
3.Click 'Edit element...' in the contextual menu.

You cannot open a dialog-box to edit an element when:

A different dialog-box is already open. Close all dialog-boxes, if necessary.
If double-click two or more elements, then MechDesigner may not respond, or open the dialog-box for a different dialog-box.
A command is active, in the Command-Manager. You must complete or cancel that command.
You click or double-click an element that is not possible to edit - for example, a Line when using the Part-Editor.

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