Motion-values at the input-connector to a Parameter Control FB can control the values of:
There is only one input-connector. If you want to use different motion-values to control other elements of the same type, you will need to add more than one Parameter-Control FB to the model.
Applications: extruding toothpaste, filling bottles, parallel indexing cams, mechanism synthesis.
When to use:
Use a Parameter Control for mechanism synthesis, visual effects, ...
TOP-TIP: If I design a motion for a visual effect, I use lower-case for the motion-name. For a motion that is intended to control an axis in my machine, I use ALL -CAPS for the MOTION-NAME.
The controls in the Parameter Control FB are:
Enabled / Not Enabled check-box
'Top-Box' - Profiles and Extrusions are put here when you select them in the graphic-area.
You must click the element to put it in the 'Bottom-Box'...
'Bottom-Box - Elements that will be controlled by the motion-values at the input to the FB
The element types you can add are Dimensions, Extrusions and Profiles.
•Dimensions: The dimension is controlled directly by a motion-values.
•Extrusion: The Solid is updated as the dimension is updated, if that dimension controls the shape of the Extrusion.
•Profiles: The Extrusion-Depth of the Extrusion element.
Delete icon - to remove an element from the dialog-box - preselect the element.
OK, Cancel, Cancel and Undo all changes, Help icons.
Control Actions - to be done by the Parameter-Control FB.
The elements must be in the model before you can control them with the Parameter-Control FB.
It is usual that to connect a wire to the input-connector of the Parameter-Control FB.
The motion-values at the input-connector become the absolute values for the elements you want to control.
The elements you can add and control are:
•Dimensions that you add with the Part-Editor. The dimension may be a sketch-element's position or its size.
•Extrusions that you add to sketch-loops. You must add the Extrusion when the extrusion defines the shape of the Solid, with a dimension.
Open the Parameter-Control dialog-box in the normal way. or see How to open a Dialog-Box.
To enable the FB
1.Click the check-box to enable the dialog-box.
To Add Elements
1.Click the elements in the graphic area or Assembly-Tree
To add a Dimension
1.In the Mechanism-Editor, click the sketch-element that has a dimension (which you have added with the Part-Editor )
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2.In the Part-Editor, click the dimension, or the sketch-element with a dimension.
The dimension shows in the Bottom-Box.
To add a Profile and/or an Extrusion:
1.In the Mechanism-Editor, click the Profile (the Pink contour of the sketch-loop).
The Profile and the Extrusion show in the Top-Box.
To control an element you must move the element to the Bottom-Box.
2.Click the Profile and/or the Extrusion in the Top-Box.
The element(s) show in the Bottom-Box.
About the Bottom-Box
The name of the dimension to control.
The name of the Extrusion or Profile to control
A Part when the Driven-Parameter is a dimension.
An Extrusion when the Driven Parameter is an Extrusion or a Profile
The action of the FB are:
Update dimension when the Driven Parameter is a dimension
Update Extrusion depth when the Driven Parameter is a Profile
Rebuild Solid (to change the Extrusion-Offset) when the Driven Parameter is an Extrusion.
To delete an element:
1.Click an element in one of the boxes.