Design-Set dialog-box

See Modelling FB toolbar > Add Design-Set

Why use a Design-Set

We add to a Design-Set dimensions and parameters that influence a design objective. At any time, we can open the Design-Set dialog-box to edit the dimensions and parameters. Improving the design objective becomes much easier to explore as you do not need to edit, one-at-a-time, different dialogs and Parts.

You can add more Design-Set to add different dimension and parameters that influence different design objectives.


You must be careful how you interact with the Design-Set as you add dimension and parameters, and edit them.


Design-Set FB

Icon-FB-DesignSet

Use the Design-Set dialog-box to select and then edit:

dimensions of Parts
parameters of FBs
some elements that have parameters, e.g. Gear-Pair

IMPORTANT

After you add a dimension to a Design-Set, you CAN ONLY use the Design-Set to edit that dimension. You CANNOT edit the dimension in the Part-Editor.

You must delete the dimension from the Design-Set to edit it in the Part-Editor again.

Note:

Generally, when you see a grey dimension in the Part-Editor, then that dimension is controlled by a different element - and frequently a Design-Set.

tog_minus        The Design-Set dialog-box

Open Design-Set dialog-box - Not active

Open Design-Set dialog-box - Not active

Open Design-Set dialog-box - active

Open Design-Set dialog-box - active

See How to open a dialog-box


When you open the Design-Set dialog-box, the toolbar icons are locked, and not active.

To unlock the toolbar:

1.Click the Padlock icon3s.

The other icons in the toolbar become 'colourized' and 'active'.


The toolbar icons and commands are:

1s-red : Add element-row icon

2s : Delete element-row icon

3s : Padlock icon : to lock or unlock the Design-Set.

4s : Rebuild icon :  Use to update the model with the new dimension or parameter value.


5s : Ok-Bar-16 OK, Close, Undo Edits, Get Help

To get help with the F1 key, download the local help file: Help menu > Download Local Help.

tog_minus        Add or Delete 'Element-Rows'

Design-Set - Active - one element row

Design-Set - Active - one element row

To add Element-Rows

1.Click the Padlock3s icon to colourize the toolbar.
2.Click the Add Element-Row1s-red icon one time for each dimension or parameter you want to edit with the Design-Set.
3.*Click Padlock icon again3s to lock the Design-Set.

In the image above, there is one element-row.

The element-row does not yet have a link to a dimension or parameter.

To delete Element-Rows

To delete an Element-row the Property Value label must be Blue.

1.Click the element-name box6s of the element-row you want to delete.

In the image above, the element-name box has the text 'Select in graphics', because it does not have a link to a dimension or parameter.

2.Click the Padlock3s to unlock the Design-Set.
3.Click the Delete Element-Row2s icon to remove the element-row[s].
4.*Click the Padlock icon again3s to lock the Design-Set.

* It is good practice to lock the Design-Set if you are not ready to link dimensions and parameters to an element-row.

tog_minus        Link a Dimension to an 'Element-Row'

To link and Edit a dimension

1.If necessary, open the Design-Set dialog-box
2.Edit a Part with the Part-Editor
3.Click the Element-Name box6s of the Element-Row, so that the Property Value becomes blue.
4.Click the Padlock icon to unlock the Design-Set

Design-Set - Active - One Element Row

Design-Set - Active - One Element Row

5.Click the dimension in the Part-Editor

The Dimension 'name'1s-red and the Dimension 'value'2s shows in the Property Value box [which changes to DimVal]

6.Click the Padlock to lock the Design-Set.
Design-Set - Active - Dimension in Element-Row

Design-Set - Active - Dimension in Element-Row

Maximum and Minimum 'Hard-Limits'4-S-RED

It is frequently useful to set a maximum and minimum limit for the dimension.

When you open the Design-Set, the Maximum and Minimum Values are Read-Only [default].

To make them active, and to set their values:

1.Click the up/down arrow button3s.

The Minimum and Maximum data-boxes becomes active.

2.Edit the Minimum value and Maximum values4s.
Design-Set - Active - Max / Min 

Design-Set - Active - Max / Min 

Continue...

3.Click a new Element-Row to make sure it is the active element-row.

Note: the default new active Element-Row may be above or below the previous element-row.

4.Continue to click different dimensions to link those dimension to different element-rows.
5.Click the Padlock again to lock the Design-Set again

tog_minus        Link a Parameter with an Element-Row

In addition to dimensions, you can link Parameters in dialog-boxes for different element types. For example: Parameters for FBs, Parameters for a Gear-Pair, Parameters for a CAD-Lines, and more.

To link a parameter to an element-row [or replace an existing dimension or parameter]

1.Open the Design-Set dialog-box
2.Click the element-row to make it active
3.Click the Padlock icon, to unlock the Design-Set.
4.Click the element-type in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree to open its parameters list box - for example a Function-Block

A pop-up dialog opens with the parameters that are available for the element-type . The names of the parameters are in CamelCase. - see 'Parameter Lists in different-elements' below.

[Generally: If you cannot identify the parameter's name, then do not use it - see Parameter tables below for each element-type.]

5.Click the parameter in the list you want to link to the Element-Row
6.Click the OK-tiny-13-17 button to close the parameter list box

The parameter name, and its value shows in the boxes of the element-row.

Continue...

8.Click a new Element-Row to make sure it is the active element-row.

Note: the active element-row may automatically become the element-row that is above or below.

9.Continue to click different dimensions or parameters to link those to different element-rows.
10.Click the Padlock again to lock the Design-Set

Parameter Lists in different Elements:

Linear Motion Function-Block

Parameter List  Linear-Motion FB

Parameter List
Linear-Motion FB

Use?

Parameter

Units

What is the Parameter?

Yes

OutputStart

Radians

motion-value offset of the Linear Motion

No

Range_Units

Radians

Max-Min value at the output - Do Not Use

No

Speed

Cycle ∕ sec

Machine Speed in Machine Settings - Do Not Use

Gearing Function-Block

Dialog-13.2-DesignSet-Parameter-GeFB

 

Use?

Parameter

Units

What is the Parameter?

Yes

GearRatio

Number

Gear Ratio

Yes

InputStart

Number

Add to input before Gear Ratio

Yes

OutputStart

Number

Add after Gear Ratio

No

OutputStartUnits

Number

?

No

InputStartUnits

Number

?

Gear-Pair

Dialog-13.2-DesignSet-Parameter-GFB

Parameters in the Gear-Pair

Use?

Parameter

Units

What is the Parameter?

Yes

NTeeth1

Number

Gear 1 Number of Teeth

Yes

NTeeth2

Number

Gear 1 Number of Teeth

 

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