Tutorial 2D: Planes and Mechanism-Editors

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Tutorial 2D: Planes and Mechanism-Editors

Hierarchy of Planes and Mechanism-Editors

We add Mechanism-Editors to Planes. Thus, it is important to understand how to add Planes to different elements, and also understand their hierarchy.

Add new Planes to these elements:

You can add a new Plane to a:

Plane

Line and CAD-Line

X-axis and Y-axis (at the start-Point of a Part)


Examples of Add Plane

Add Plane to a Plane

GST-ModelEditorAddPLane2Plane

Model-Editor

New Plane to a fixed Plane or a Plane that you have added previously.

Red-14-1b The reference Plane in the Model-Editor, for example Plane2

The new PlaneRed-14-2 is in the +Z-axis direction Plane2Red-14-1b

The new PlaneRed-14-2 becomes a child to Plane2Red-14-1b

GST-MechEditorAddPLane2Plane

Mechanism-Editor:

New Plane to an existing Plane that is a child to the Mechanism-Editor.

Note: to see Planes in the Mechanism-Editor, you must use Visibility toolbar > Show Solids in Mechanism.

You cannot reference a Plane that is not a child to the active Mechanism-Editor.

Red-14-1b The reference Plane itself is a child to a Part.

Red-14-2 The new Plane is offset along the Z-axis of the reference Plane Red-14-1b.

Red-14-2 The new Plane is a child to Plane in the Part Red-14-1b

Add Plane to a CAD-Line or Line

GST-MechEditorAddPLane2Line

Mechanism-Editor

New Plane to a CAD-Line

Red-14-1b The CAD-Line is the reference element.

Red-14-2 The new Plane is at a fixed rotation about the X-axis of the CAD-Line Red-14-1b

The Angle to the new Plane is set in the Add Plane dialog-box.

Red-14-2 The new Plane is a child to the Part.

The new Plane's Origin is the same as the reference CAD-Line.

The new Plane's +X-axis is the same as the X-axis of the CAD-Line - from its start-Point to its end-Point.

GST-MechEditorAddPLane2Line2

In the Mechanism-Editor

Reference a Line

Red-14-1b The Line is the reference element.

Red-14-2 The X-axis of the new Plane is the same X-axis of the Line - from its start-Point to its end-Point.

Red-14-2 The new Plane is rotated about the X-axis of the CAD-Line Red-14-1b in the Add Plane dialog

The new Plane's 0,0,0 is at the Line's start-Point.

The new Plane's +X-axis is the same as the +X-axis of the Line - from its start-Point to its end-Point.

Red-14-2 The new Plane is a child to the Part

Add Plane to the X-axis or Y-axis of a Part

GST-2D-AddPlane2X-axis

In the Mechanism-Editor

X-axis or Y-axis of a Part (or Base-Part)

Red-14-1b The Y-axis is the reference element for the new PlaneRed-14-2.

Planes in the Assembly-Tree

GST-2D-A-AT-Planes

Fixed Planes

Front, Top, Right Planes at the origin of the Model-Editor

Moving Planes related to a Line in a Part

The parent of Plane4 and Plane9 is CAD-Line, which is in a moving Part.

Fixed Planes: related to other Fixed Planes

Plane10 is a child to the Right Plane, and a child to the Model-Editor.