Dialog-Boxes

To build a model:

STEP 1: Do a command to add an element - see Menus and Toolbars
STEP 2: Open the element's dialog-box - see How to Open a Dialog-Box
STEP 3: Edit the elements's parameters - see How to edit a Parameter in a Dialog-Box

'Inside' a typical Dialog-Box

Note If you need to move, or 'drag', a dialog-box, click approximately at location ' 2R-s15  ' in the image.

Dialog-R13.2-ExampleDialog

1s-red Dialog-box name: MOTION-DIMENSION FB [not always shown in R13.2+]

2s Element names:

Element's Name: 'Mot-Dim Rocker2'
Element's Parent Name: 'RotCam-SwingCirc..'

3s Parameter Read-Write Data-Box

Parameter's Name: Base-Value
Parameter's Units: [deg] (degrees).
Parameter's Icon: Parameter icon [See also: contextual Help - below]
Parameter's Data-Value : '-101'

4s Parameter Read-Only Data Box

It is coloured a 'light-grey'.

Parameter Data Value: '16.950677' [See also: Application-Settings: Number-Format]

5s Spin-Box Control


If you do not see the spin-box control, double-click inside the data box.

See also: Spin-Box Controls

6s Separator Bar to show more parameters and options

Click Separator Bar to  'expand'
Click Separator Bar again to 'collapse'

OK

OK :

Apply changes to the element + Close the dialog-box

Dialog-Cancel

Cancel :

Do NOT apply a change to the element + Close the dialog-box

Reset

Reset :

Undo all edits made to the parameters + Do NOT close the dialog-box

DialogHelp

Help :

Open the contextual-help' to show the help topic for the dialog-box

Note: You must do Help menu > Download Latest Help before you can get help with dialogs

Dialog-R13.2-ParameterHelp

 

Contextual Help for a Parameter - please read carefully.

8s To open the contextual help for a Parameter - see image to the left.

1. Move your mouse to Parameter's Icon : The 'Help' iconHelpQuestion16 must show.

Do not click the help iconHelpQuestion16.

2.Move your mouse pointer off the Parameter's Icon8sand below and left, but the Help iconHelpQuestion16 must show. - see image to the left8s
3.Click one time.

Available Dialog-Boxes

DIALOG-BOX NAME

GENERAL DIALOGS

Model / Mechanism

Lighting, 'Solids'

Application Settings

General, Number-Format, Auto-Profiles, Accessibility, Colours

Machine Settings

Machine Speed, # Steps, Units

Add or Edit Plane

Angle or Offset Value

Rename

Old Name , New Name

Dimension

Dimension Value

CAD: DXF, SOLIDWORKS

DXF-Element

New DXF File, Units

CAD-Line

 

DXF tab: DXF Layer Editor

Import DXF File

SOLIDWORKS:

Import SOLIDWORKS or STL File

Mass Properties tab

User Defined, SOLIDWORKS Mass Properties

CAMS: 2D & 3D

 

Cam-Data FB + Cam-Coordinates

Select a 2D-Cam + Calculate and Export Cam Coordinates

2D-Cam Display and Properties

Show Cam as Pressure Angle, Contact Force, or Shear Stress

3D-Cam-Data

Calculate and Export Cam

FUNCTION-BLOCKS

Linear-Motion FB

Provides machine 'clock'.

Gearing FB

Amplify or Frequency of motion values.

Motion FB

Connect Motion in MotionDesigner to Model

Motion-Dimension FB

Define a Motion-Part

Motion-Path FB

Define a Motion-Point

Point-Data FB

Measure Point's Position, Velocity and Acceleration.

Measurement FB

Measure Linear or Angular Position, Velocity and Acceleration.

Graph FB

Plot data

Graph Settings

Graph Display

Cam-Data FB

Cam Data: Pressure Angle, 'Radius of Curvature', Force, Contact Shear Stress.

Spring FB

Define Spring Function

Force-Data FB

Measure Force or Torque

CAD Control FB

 

Magnetic-Joint

Glue Profiles together.

Maths FB

User defined functions.

Statistics FB

Statistics of Element

Polynomial Fit FB

Fit Polynomials to Motion-Values.

Parameter-Control FB

Parameters

TOOLS

Design-Set

Optimise Design Objectives

Briefcase FB

Collate FBs

Make Movie

 

Point-Cloud

Import XY Data, Smooth with a Function.

Pattern

Copy Solids multiple times in space and time.

OTHER Dialogs

Point: Vectors and Location

Edit Position of a Point, , Display Velocity and Acceleration Vectors,

Blend-Curve

Edit a Blend-Curve for a Motion-Point.

Extrusion

Solid Extrusion - Prismatic Extrusion from Plane

Ball-Joint

3D Joint for Spatial Mechanisms

Gear-Pair

Two gears meshed.

Rack-Pinion / Ball-Screw

Rack and Pinioned meshed

Pulley

Related with Motion of a Point as a Belt.

Select Elements

Choose elements

Dependant Elements

Information.

Kinetostatic Motor Speed and Torque Data

Select a Motor and Gearbox.

Configure Power Source

To put motor source in a kinematic-chain.

Tutorial Videos

Play Tutorial Video

 

 

Tutorial and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 13.2 + © Machine, Mechanism, Motion and Cam Design Software by PSMotion Ltd