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Element Explorer | Kinematics-Tree

Element-Explorer - Kinematics-Tree

The Kinematics-Tree shows the kinematic-structure of each kinematic-chain.

Note: If you cannot explore the Kinematics-Tree, or it shows Constraint Loops, then click Rebuild now.

You also Configure the Power Source from the Kinematic-Tree.

MechDesigner compiles the Kinematic-Tree automatically as you add the different kinematic-elements to your model.


The header of the Kinematic-Tree has the name Mechanisms.

TOP-TIP To find the kinematic-chain for a Part in your model:

1.Click the Kinematic Tree tab

2.Click the Part in the graph-area

The Kinematics-Tree will expand to show the element.

Structure of the Kinematics-Tree


Kinematic-Chains (Solved or Unsolved)

Kinematic Sub-assemblies

Kinematic Elements

Unsolved Mechs


These are either:

A.MD-Icon-Solved-KinChain Kinematic-Chain  

The Mobility of the kinematic-chain is equal to zero(0). You cannot 'drag' the Parts

The kinematic-chain is a kinematically-defined chain.

Explore these to find the Kinematic Sub-Assemblies (see below) and then the kinematic elements.

B.MD-Icon-NotSolved-KinChain Unsolved Mechs

The Mobility of each kinematic-chains is greater than zero(0).  You can 'drag' the Parts

You can also explore these kinematic-chains.  However, you will see only Parts and Joints.

Example: Kinematics-Tree in Element-Explorer

Example: Kinematics-Tree in Element-Explorer

Kinematic-Sub-Assemblies (Solved Mechanisms ONLY):





3.Dyads - all dyads have two Parts and three Joints

Note: Dyads terms: R : Revolute = Pin-Joint : P : Prismatic = Slide-Joint : S : Spherical = Ball-Joint

a. RRR

b. RRP

c. RPR

d. PRP

e. RPP

f. Ram-R

g. Ram-P

h. SSR

i. SSP


5.Rack-Pinion / Pinion-Rack

6.Geared-Pulley - a Pulley-Path, Part and Joint