Add Part

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Add Part

Add Part

See also: Edit Part

Part in MechDesigner

Part in MechDesigner



A physical part/link

A physical part/link


Part :

A Part is a rigid-body. Its length is defined by the distance between its start-point and end-point.

There is a line between the points. The line is a CAD-Line.

A Part, free from joints, has three degrees-of-freedom - two translational and one rotational.

Base-Part :

The Base-Part is the fixed frame of reference of the Mechanism-Editor.

The Base-Part has zero degrees-of-freedom relative to the Mechanism-Editor.

Kinematic States of Parts:

Not kinematically-defined :

The state when the Part it has one or more degrees-of-freedom.

Other terms are a Free-Part, or a Part that is not solved.

kinematically-defined :

The state when the Part has zero degrees-of-freedom. It has a Mobility of Zero. The model must be kinematically-defined before you can analyze any kinematic (Motion) and kinetostatic (Force) data.

Another term is a Part that is solved.

Note: The color of the Part-Outline is different in the two kinematic states.

Add Part


STEP 1.Start the Add Part command


Mechanism-Editor: Add menu > Mechanism sub-menu > Add Part


Add Part icon

Mechanism-Editor: Kinematic elements toolbar > Add Part

or, use the shortcut key on your keyboard:

Mechanism-Editor: Click the INSERT key on your keyboard

STEP 2.To add the Part

DRAG: in the graphic-area (see image above):

Mouse-button down, ... move your mouse, ... mouse-button up.

The Part is now in the graphic-area.



Add Part is not a persistent command.

Do Step 1 and Step 2 again to add a new Part.

More Details - a Part in the Graphic-Area.


Red-14-1b Part-Outline: the symbol of the Part you select to edit the Part in the Part-Editor. You cannot edit the shape of the Part-Outline.

Red-14-2 start-Point and the Red-14-3 end-Point of the Part

Red-14-4 the CAD-Line from the start-Point to the end-Point

Red-14-5 XY-axes: at the start-Point

Did you know: You can hide Part-Outlines (Display Filters - Part-Outlines) to see only the CAD-Line and the Part's axes.

You can edit the Part if you double-click the Y-axis.


Video: Add a Part