Design-Set FB dialog-box

See Modelling FB toolbar > Add Design-Set

Why use a Design-Set FB

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 Parts.

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

Design-Set FB

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

dimensions from the same or different Parts
parameters from the same or different FBs
elements with parameters that you can edit with a dialog-box

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.

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

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

tog_minus        The Design-Set dialog-box

Dialog-13.2-DesignSet

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

To unlock the toolbar:

1.Click the Padlock icon3s.

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


The icons and commands are:

1s-red : Add element-row icon

2s : Delete element-row icon

3s : Padlock icon : Lock or Unlock the Design-Set.

4s : Rebuild icon :  Use after you edit an element and the model does not seem to update to the new dimension or parameter.


5s :  'OK', 'Cancel' and 'More Help' [remember, to get 'more help', you must download the 'local help with: Help menu > Download Local Help].

tog_minus        Add or Delete 'Element-Rows'

Dialog-13.2-DesignSet-oneER

To add an Element-Row

Add one element-row for each dimension or parameter you want to edit with the Design-Set.

1.Click the Padlock3s icon in the toolbar.

The Design-Set toolbar icons become 'colourized'.

2.Click the Add Element-Row1s-red icon for each dimension or parameter you want to edit with the Design-Set.

You can add or delete element-rows later.

The element-row[s] do not yet have a link to a dimension or parameter.

3.* Click Padlock icon again3s icon to lock the Design-Set selections

To delete an Element-Row

Delete element-rows if you add too many:

1.Click the box at the left-side of an element-row so that it becomes active - see above
2.Click the Delete Element-Row2s icon to remove the element-row[s] you do not want in the Design-Set.
3.*Click the Padlock icon again3s icon

* It is good practice to Lock the Design-Set if you are not ready to add, delete or link dimensions and parameters to element-rows.

tog_minus        Link a Dimension to an 'Element-Row'

To link a dimension to an Element-Row AND To edit a dimension that has been linked to an element-row.

1.If necessary, open the Design-Set dialog-box
2.If you want to link a dimension, then edit the Part.
3.Click an Element-Row in the Design-Set, so that it becomes the 'active'1s element row.
4.Click the Padlock to unlock the Design-Set - ONLY when you are ready
5.Click the dimension in the Part-Editor, or click a Motion-Dimension in the Mechanism-Editor

The Dimension 'name'1s-red and its 'value'2s shows in the box.

6.Click the Padlock again to lock the Design-Set.

Maximum and Minimum Hard-Limits4-S-RED

It is useful to set these limits in certain circumstances.

The Maximum and Minimum Hard-Limits are Read-Only [default]. To make them active, and to set their values:

1.Click the button3s.
2.Edit the Maximum and Minimum values 4s

Dialog-13.2-DesignSet-DataER

In this example:

1s-red The dimension's name [Mot-Dim Rocker1] becomes linked to the element-row, [OR it replaces an existing dimension in the element-row].

2s The dimension's value [-299] show in the middle box. Its Property Type [DimVal] shows above the dimension's value.


Continue...

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

Note: the Active Row may automatically become above or below the previous element-row.

7.Continue to click different dimensions to link those dimension to different element-rows.
8.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 shows the parameters associated with the element-type you click. The names of the parameters are in CamelCase. - see 'Parameter Lists' 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' button in the parameter list

The parameter name, and its value show in the element-row.

7.Click the graphic-area again to re-place the FB [small bug]

Continue...

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

Note: the Active Row may automatically become above or below the previous element-row.

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 again

Parameter Lists:

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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