Open MEC file-type

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Open MEC file-type

Why we recommend that you re-build Camlinks models in MechDesigner.

You will remember your design decisions.

We must add elements from the Camlinks model that you do not need in the MechDesigner model.

We cannot support you with your Camlinks models.

We want to help you use MechDesigner.

We can guarantee MechDesigner will run with Windows® 10, 11, ... .

We cannot guarantee that the MechDesigner will represent the Camlinks model in every respect.

We continue to improve MechDesigner in many new ways.

IMPORTANT: Locked-Points: After you open a .MEC file, Points in the model you import are locked.

To edit the Position of a Locked-Point:

1.Double-click the Locked-Point to open the Point Properties dialog

2.Click Part Coordinates (Read-Write) and

3.Edit the x and y values

To add and edit dimensions to edit the Position of the a Point:

1.Double-click the Locked-Point to open the Point Properties dialog

2.Click Part Coordinates (Read-Write)

3.Click Edit in Part-Editor radio-button

4.Click OK-tiny-13-17 to close the dialog.

5.Edit the Part in the Part-Editor in the normal way.

History Note for Camlinks, and Camlinks Import Limitations.

MOTION: Camlinks4 vs Camlinks3

1.'Camlinks4': Mechanisms and motions are a MEC file-type. The motions were defined with segment and motion parameters. Open a 'MEC' file in MechDesigner to recreate the motions with motion segments in MotionDesigner.

2.'Camlinks3': Mechanisms and motions use also a MEC file-type. However, motions were defined with a list of numbers. Open a 'MEC' file in MechDesigner to recreate the motion, but with a Z Raw Data List Segment-Type in MotionDesigner.

3.To help you recreate the motion design (with segments), save the Z Raw Data List Segment-Type, and use the Overlay Motion tool to design a new motion MotionDesigner: Overlay Trace.

Throw Motion-Law

These are available in Camlinks but not imported into MotionDesigner. However, it is possible to design the Throw Motion-Law with two(2) segments and the correct Blend-point Control Button conditions. We can give a Video on request.


Auto-Adjust is not recreated. However, we have a better tool, which we call Magnetic-Joint.

View Outline On/Off as a Function of the Master Machine Angle

MechDesigner uses the Pattern Element - Release 7+

Camlinks Outlines

Camlinks Outlines are DXF-Drawings that you have imported onto Parts in Camlinks. The lines and arcs in the DXF-Drawing were converted to 'Camlinks Outlines'. They were 'dumb'. You could not edit them in Camlinks.

When you open a Camlinks file with 'Outlines' in MechDesigner, you have three options available. See below.


We do not import these dyads.

You can design the SSR and SSP dyads in MechDesigner.

RamR and RamP Dyads

We do not import these dyads. If you use these dyads, MechDesigner will crash (23-03-2013).

Forces, Forcebars, Torquebars

Use MechDesigner to add and show forces and torques in your kinematic-chains.


When a Follower-Roller has 0mm diameter in Camlinks – to define the Pitch-Center of the Cam – MechDesigner will re-define it as 0.1mm, not as 0.0mm.

You must edit the 0.1mm dimension to make it equal to the real Follower Radius. Then, to show the Pitch-Curve, use the Pitch-Circle-Path check-box in the 2D-Cam dialog.