Step 1.2: Add a Part

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Step 1.2: Add a Part

Objective of this Step

1.Learn how to identify the Mechanism-Editor

2.Learn how to add a Part

3.Identify the elements that are in a Part

Short Summary of this Step:

1.Click Kinematic-elements toolbar > Add Part

2.Drag your mouse-pointer in the graphic-area


Tutorial 1, STEP 1.2: Add a Part


Make sure the Mechanism-Editor is active

Mechanism name-tab

Mechanism name-tab

We want to make sure the new Mechanism-Editor is the active editor, and not the Model-Editor.

1.Click the Mechanism name-tabRed-14-1b at the top of the graphic-area


The symbol for a Base-PartRed-14-2 in the graphic-area is a rectangular Green Part-Outline.






1.Click MechanismRed-14-3 in the Assembly-Tree (see image to the left)


In the Assembly-Tree, the Base-Part is a child to the Mechanism-Editor.

Mechanism in Assembly-Tree

Mechanism in Assembly-Tree

Add the new Part

Drag to Add-Part

Drag to Add-Part

STEP 1: Start the Add Part command


Mechanism-Editor: Click Kinematic-elements toolbar > Add Part
- or -
SHORTCUT: Click the INSERT key on your keyboard

The mouse-pointer changes to Add Part

STEP 2: Use the Drag technique Red-14-3 to add the Part to the graphic-area

Drag = Mouse-button-down...move your mouse...mouse-button-up

The start-Point is where you mouse-button-down.

The end-Point is where you mouse-button-up.


The new Part is in the model

The new Part

Its Part-Outline Red-14-1b is oval and Blue

There is a CAD-LineRed-14-2 from its start-Point to the end-Point

Its XY-AxesRed-14-3 are at the start-Point

The +X-axis is from the start-Point to the end-Point of the CAD-Line.

Save your mechanism


To Add Part

1.'Left Mouse-Button Down' (and keep it down) - to place the start-Point

2....'move your mouse-pointer'

3....'Left Mouse-Button Up' to place the end-Point.


Add Part is NOT a persistent command. Thus:

After you select Add-Part, and before you drag, do not click in the graphic-area. MechDesigner will not add a Part with zero-length.

If you click without dragging to add the drag, the Add Part command becomes de-selected.