The input to the Parameter controls the motion-values and one or all of these types: Dimension, Extrusion Depth, and Extrusion Offset.
There is only one input-connector. Thus if you want different dimensions to be controlled with different motions, you will need to add more than one Parameter-Control FB to the model.
Applications of the Parameter-Control FB include 'extruding toothpaste', 'filling bottles' ... These are modelled to help explanations are not machine based.
I give these motions a lower-case, and 'real' motion ALL-CAPS. This helps me identify them later in MotionDesigner.
There controls in the Parameter Control FB are:
Enabled / Not Enabled check-box
'Top-Box' - Profiles and Extrusion elements 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.
Delete icon - to remove an element from the dialog-box
'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 to connect a wire with motion-values to the input-connector of the Parameter-Control FB. The motion at the input-connector becomes the absolute values for the elements you want to control.
The elements you can add and control are:
|•||Dimensions that you have added in the Part-Editor. The dimension may give a sketch-element's position or a sketch-element's dimensional size.|
|•||Extrusions that you have added to sketch-loops.|
This parameter is similar to an REBUILD ON/OFF switch. You must add the Extrusion element when the extrusion defines the Solid 'shape', and when a Dimension, which you have also added to the Parameter-Control FB, specifies the shape/size of a sketch-loop, to which you have added a Profile / Extrusion element.
|•||Profiles that you have added to a sketch-loop. The motion-values will control the Extrusion-Depth Parameter, as you would normal enter as a fixed dimension in the Extrusion dialog-box|
Open the Parameter-Control FB dialog-box in the normal way. If necessary, see How to open a Dialog-Box.
To enable the FB
To add elements to the dialog-box
To add a Dimension
The Dimension appear in the Bottom-Box immediately and ready to be controlled by the FB.
To add a Profile and/or an Extrusion:
The Profile and the Extrusion elements appear in the Top-Box.
To control the element, you must move the element to the Bottom-Box.
You can click one or the two elements.
About the 'Bottom-Box'
The name of the dimension, whose value is driven by this Function-Block.
The name of the Extrusion-Offset or Profile.
A Part when the 'Driven-Parameter' is a dimension.
An Extrusion when the 'Driven Parameter is an 'Extrusion' or a 'Profile'
The actual action taken by the FB are:
'Update dimension' when the 'Driven Parameter' is a 'dimension'
'Update extension depth' when the 'Driven Element' is a 'Profile'
'Rebuild Solid' when the 'Driven Parameter' is an 'Extension'.
To delete an element: