Dialog: Function-Block: Design-Set

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Dialog: Function-Block: Design-Set

Design-Set FB

See Add Design-Set

Use Design-Sets to edit a number of dimensions and parameters in one place - the Design-Set.

Add to a Design-Set those dimensions and parameters that you 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?

Answers: Three(3) good reasons:

A.Frequently, you will edit many times the same dimensions and parameters to improve a design objective. With a Design-Set, you can edit them to the Design Set interface, and edit them continually.

B.If you need to open the model after a period of time, the Design-Set will remind you of which dimensions and parameters are important to your design. Also, you can give your model to a different engineer, and tell him to ONLY edit the dimensions and parameters in the Design-Set.

C.When dimensions are in a Design-Set, you cannot edit them in the model. A Design-Set can prevent accidental changes to the model. Also, you can edit those dimensions to a Design-Set specifically to prevent you editing them.


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

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

A dimension that is in the Design-Set is gray in the Part-Editor - to indicate you cannot edit it.


1.Rename each Dimension to a function-name, to help you recognize it in the Design-Set. Rename each Design-Set to remind of its design-objective.

See Show Dimension-Names , and Show Function-Block Names

2.You cannot edit dimensions and parameters in the normal way when they are in the Design-Set. Thus, why not add dimension and parameters that you want to protect in the model - and rename it Do NOT edit, as a warning!

How to open the Design-Set FB dialog-box


Edit the Design-Set FB

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

- or -

1.See How to Open a Dialog-Box  

The Design-Set dialog-box is now open.

Design-Set dialog-Box

tog_minusDesign-Set toolbar
btn_delkeywordAdd or Delete Element-Rows
btn_delkeywordLink a Dimension to an Element-Row
tog_minusMaximum and Minimum 'Hard-Limits'
tog_minusReplace a Dimension or Parameter

Parameter Lists in different Element-Types:

In addition to dimensions, you can link parameters from dialog-boxes for different element types.

For example: Parameters for FBs, Parameters for a Gear-Pair, Parameters for a CAD-Line, and more.

btn_delkeyword        Link a Parameter (from a dialog-box) with an Element-Row

Available Element-Types and their Parameters

btn_delkeywordLinear-Motion Function-Block
btn_delkeywordMotion-Dimension Function-Block
btn_delkeywordGearing Function-Block
btn_delkeywordRack-Pinion / Ball-Screw

When you click a Pulley, you add

Path Joint as the Element Name

Tooth-Count as the parameter.

Tooth-count ≡ number of Pulley teeth parameter in the Pulley dialog-box.