Rename an Element

It becomes important to rename elements as you add them to a model.

For this tutorial, we will rename an element that is in the Assembly-Tree.

It is also possible to rename an element that you put in the Selection-Window.

Tutorial example: Rename the Model and Planes


We will rename the Plane elements.

STEP 1: Right-Click the Plane element in the Assembly-Tree [or Selection-Window].

A contextual menu shows next to your pointer.

STEP 2: Click Rename Element


The Rename Element dialog-box opens.

It shows the Old Name and the New Name. The Old name is 'read only'.

We can type in a different 'New Name'

STEP 3: Use your keyboard to enter 'Front', as a new name
STEP 4: Use the 'Enter' key on your keyboard to update the name.

Do Step 1 to 4 again to rename the other two Planes to 'Top' and 'Right'.

Top-Tip: Rename Element

To help identify the elements in the Element-Explorer, give the 'same' name to elements that are related to the same machine function.

For example, rename all of the elements for a Pusher to 'PUSHER'.

When you use the same name, MechDesigner appends a number to make the name unique.


If you use this top-tip, use a Letter as the last character. Do not add a number as the last character.

If you do, MechDesigner also appends a number to your number. This can become confusing.

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