Design-Set dialog-box

See Modelling FB toolbar > Add Design-Set

Design-Set

Use a Design-Set to add and then edit :

dimensions
parameters

We add to the Design-Set those dimensions and parameters that we believe to be important to the outcome of a design-objective.

You can add more than one Design-Set to the model.

Why use a Design-Set

Questions: "Why use a Design-Set when we can use the Part-Editor to edit dimensions of different Parts, and also use dialog-boxes to edit the parameters of different elements?"

Answer: "We edit ONE Design-Set to edit MANY dimensions and parameters". This has many advantages. For example:

We can give the model to a different design engineer, and say "Open the Design-Set, edit dimensions X, Y, and Z, then edit parameters A, B, and C".

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Rename each dimension to a 'functional name'. This will help you recognize the dimension in the Design-Set.


IMPORTANT

After you add a dimension to a Design-Set, you CAN ONLY use the Design-Set to edit that dimension.

To edit it in the Part-Editor again, you must delete the dimension from the Design-Set.

A dimension in the Design-Set is grey in the Part-Editor.


Edit the Design-Set FB

Icon-FB-DesignSet

Edit the Design-Set FB

1.Double-click the Design-Set FB in the graphic-area

- or -

tog_minusThe Design-Set dialog-box

LOCKED Design-Set

LOCKED Design-Set

UNLOCKED Design-Set

UNLOCKED Design-Set

When you open the Design-Set dialog-box, the toolbar is locked - it not active.

To unlock the toolbar:

1.Click the Padlock icon3s.

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


The toolbar icons are:

1s-red : Add element-row

2s : Delete element-row

3s : Padlock icon

4s : Rebuild icon


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

tog_minusAdd or Delete 'Element-Rows'

Design-Set - Active - one element row

Design-Set - Active - one element row

To add Element-Rows

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

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

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

To delete Element-Rows

To delete an Element-row the Property Value label must be Blue. [  Orange  in MD14.1]

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_minusLink a Dimension to an 'Element-Row'

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_minusLink a Parameter to 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 below: '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 and 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:

hmtoggle_plus1Linear 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

hmtoggle_plus1Gearing 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

?

hmtoggle_plus1Gear-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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