Function-Block Menu and Toolbar

Use Function-Blocks to give motion-values of Motion-Parts and Motion-Points.

Use Function-Blocks to measure Part motions and forces that act on and between Parts.

Use Function-Blocks to calculate cam-coordinates.

Connect Function-Blocks with wires. The motion-values 'flow' instantly along the wires and 'through' the Function-Blocks.

See also Connecting FBs; Forces menu and toolbar

Function-Block Toolbar

Function-Block Toolbar - to define and analyse motions for Parts and Cam mechanisms

Schematic of how to connect Function-Blocks

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See Also Tutorial 6: Use the 'Golden' Function-Blocks

Function-Block menu and toolbar icons

MD-32-FB-WATCHA

Add Linear-Motion FB

MD-32-FB-MTIONA

Add Motion FB

MD-32-FB-GEARSA

Add Gearing FB

MD-32-FB-MTDIMA

Add Motion-Dimension FB

Add-Path

Add Motion-Path FB

MD-32-FB-SCALEA

Add Measurement FB

MD-32-FB-POINTA

Add Point-Data FB

MD-64-FB-CAM4XA

Add Cam-Data FB

MD-64-FB-GRAPHA

Add Graph FB

3D-Cad-64x64

Add CAD Control FB

FB-Maths

Add Maths FB

FB-Stats

Add Statistics FB

MD-32-FB-PolyFit

Add Polynomial Fit FB

ParameterControlFB

Add Parameter-Control FB

Wires, Channels and Units

Each wire has three channels.

Each channel has a unit label

Each label has an SI unit.


Labels

...wire from a...

Channel 1

Label & Units

Channel 2

Label & Units

Channel 3

Label & Units

Data Type / Notes

Linear Motion FB

Machine Angle

 

Machine Angular Velocity

Machine Angular Acceleration

Note: Velocity: is a function of Machine Speed in Machine Settings dialog-box.

'M/c Deg'

'M/c Deg/sec

M/c Deg/sec/sec

Gearing FB

Dis

'Input' Unit

Vel

Unit/s

Acc

Unit/s/s

Output 'Units' are a function of input data type - Linear or Rotary

Motion

Dis

mm or deg

Vel

mm/s or deg/s

Acc

mm/s/s or deg/s/s

Output Data: motion-values, Linear or Rotary

Change the Output Data Type to the match input Units

Motion-Dimension

Dis

mm or deg

Vel. or Ang. Vel.

mm/s or rad/s

Acc

mm/s/s or rad/s/s

Slider: Data-Type is Linear

Rocker: Data-Type is Rotary

Measurement

Dis

mm or deg

Vel

mm or deg

Acceleration

Linear Dimension: Data-Type is Linear

Angular Dimension: Data-Type is Rotary

Point FB

Displacement

Velocity

Acceleration

Data Type is Linear.

Cam-Data FB

Pressure Angle

 

deg

Contact Pressure Angel 1

deg

Contact Pressure Angle 2

deg

Radians

 

Radius-of-Curvature Cam 1

Radius-of-Curvature Cam 2

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Linear Units

 

Contact Force Total

Contact Force, X component

Contact Force, Y component

Units as set in Machine Settings dialog-box.

 

Shear Stress Cam 1

Shear Stress Cam 2


Units as set in Machine Settings dialog-box.

Force Data FB

Joint Total Force

X Component

Y Component

Units as set in Machine Settings dialog-box.

 

Cam Contact Force

X Component

Y Component

Units as set in Machine Settings dialog-box.

 

Spring Force

X Component

Y Component

Units as set in Machine Settings dialog-box.

Maths FB

A 'special' :

Any Unit

As per equation

As per equation

You connect a wire to it and convert its units to a different Data Type. Beware of units.

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