Automatic Joints...

Summary

If, when the Add Part command is active, you move your mouse above a Point or a Line before your mouse-button-down or mouse-button-up, you can add a Pin-Joint or a Slide-Joint as you add the Part.

Thus, you will do two commands at the same time: add Part and Joint.

But, be careful: Only do this procedure when it is unambiguous with which Point or Line you will make the joint.


Notes : 'to move your mouse-button-above' is to hover.


Information

With this technique, you do two commands.To 'undo': the first 'undo' will delete the new joint, the second 'undo' will delete the new Part.

Procedure 1: Move your mouse above a Point

 

Add a Part and a Pin-Joint

1.Use Add-Part
2.Move your mouse above a Point so that it becomes RED before you...
3.mouse-button down...
4....drag...
5....mouse-button up.

- or -

1.Use Add-Part
2.Mouse-button down...
3....drag a Line...
4....move your mouse above a Point so that it becomes RED before you...
5....mouse-button up.

Or, use the two options... 'move your mouse above a Point before you mouse-button down and before you mouse-button up'.

Procedure 2: Move your mouse above a Line [or CAD-Line]

 

Add a Part and a Slide-Joint:

1.Use Add Part
2.Move your mouse above a Line so that it becomes RED before you...
3....mouse-button down...
4....move your mouse to drag a line...
5....mouse-button up.

- or -

1.Use Add-Part
2.Mouse-button down...
3....move your mouse to drag a line...
4....move your mouse above a Line so that it becomes RED before you...
5....mouse-button up.

Or, use the two options... 'move your mouse above a Line before you mouse-button down and before you mouse-button up'.


Note: If you mouse your mouse above a Point and a Line, then we add a Slide-Joint.

Procedure 3: Move your mouse above a Point AND a Line [or CAD-Line]

 

Add a Part and a Slide-Joint:

When you move your mouse over a Point AND a Line, MechDesigner always adds a Slide-Joint.

Thus, this action is the same as when you move your mouse above a Line ONLY.

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