Add Mechanism-Editor

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Add Mechanism-Editor


A Mechanism, in the context of Add Mechanism, is a Mechanism-Editor.

Add Mechanism-Editor

You add Mechanism-Editors to Planes.

To see Planes in Mechanism-Editors: Enable Show Solids in Mechanisms.

Model elements toolbar

Model elements toolbar

STEP 1:Start the Add Mechanism command:


1.Click Add menu > Add Mechanism


1.Click Model elements toolbar > Add Mechanism

The Command-Manager has one selection-box.



STEP 2: Select a Plane

1.Click a Plane in the graphic-area


2.Click a Plane in the Assembly-Tree  

The Plane is now in the selection-box.

Command-Manager - Plane element

Command-Manager - Plane element

STEP 3: Complete the command

1.Click OK-tiny-11-15 in the Command-Manager

You jump immediately to the new Mechanism-Editor.

The new Mechanism-Editor is a child to the Plane you select in STEP 2.

RESULT: the New Mechanism-Editor

Mechanism Editor - Identify

Front-View of a new Mechanism-Editor

Red-14-1b : Base-Part with a rectangular Part-Outline

See also: The Base-Part does not show correctly...!

Red-14-2 : Mechanism name-tab  

Red-14-3 : Toolbars (left and right of the graphic-area)

Red-14-4 : Graphic-Area

Red-14-5 : Local XY-axes of the NEW Mechanism-Editor and Base-Part

+X–axis - horizontal, to the right ( > ), on the Mechanism-Plane

+Y–axis - vertical, 90º counter-clockwise to +X-axis, and upwards ( ^ ), on the Mechanism-Plane

+Z–axis - towards you (◎) - perpendicular (normal, orthogonal) to the Mechanism-Plane

The Mechanism-Editor in the Assembly-Tree


The hierarchy of the new elements

Mechanism2 - is a child to Plane4

BasePart2  - is a child to Mechanism2.

The XY-Plane of Plane4, Mechanism2, and Base-Part2 are coplanar and coincident.


Video: Add Mechanism-Editor to Plane

The Base-Part does not show correctly...!

Why is the Base-Part not Green?

The Base-Part is not Green!

The Base-Part is not Green!

If the Base-Part is a not Green (or a similar color) when you add your first Mechanism-Editor, it is usual that Force-Vectors: Display is enabled.

MD-Icon-Force-Vectors-Show Force toolbar > Force-Vectors: Display is enabled


To make the Base-Part Green, you should disable Force Vectors: Display

MD-Icon-Force-Vectors-HideClick to disable Force toolbar >Force-Vectors: Display.

The Base-Part should be Green.

Why is half of the Base-Part hidden by a Plane?

BasePart partial hidden by a Plane.

BasePart partial hidden by a Plane.

The Base-Part is partly hidden by a Plane if the:

MD-Icon-ShowModelinMechVisibility toolbar > Show Solids in Mechanism is enabled

When you enable Show Solids in Mechanism, we also show Planes.

To hide Planes, do:

MD-Icon-Visibility-ModelinMech-HideDisable Visibility toolbar > Show Solids in Mechanism. to hide Solids and Planes.



MD-Icon-DispFilt-PlanesDisable Display toolbar > Display Planes to hide Planes


Why is the Base-Part not Green?

The Base-Part is not green.

The Base-Part is not green.

The Part-Outline of the Base-Part is in a different Mechansim-Editor.

The Part-Outline of the Base-Part is in a different Mechansim-Editor.

You can see Kinematic and sketch-elements of other Mechanism-Editors when these are enabled:


MD-Icon-Visibility-Other Mech-SHOW Enable Show other Kinematic and Sketch-Elements - (Visibility toolbar)

Click to disable.


Enable Mechanism name-tab light-bulb in the other Mechanism-Editor (Right-click Mechanism name-tab)