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# 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.

You can add a Plane to a:

Plane (in the Model-Editor or the Mechanism-Editor)

Line and CAD-Line (in a Mechanism-Editor)

X-axis and Y-axis of a Part (in a Mechanism-Editor)

#### Add Plane to a Plane

Model-Editor: Plane to Plane

Model-Editor

 Select a Plane that is in the Model-Editor. Enter the offset dimension to Plane from Plane in the ±Z-axis direction. Plane is now a child to Plane.

Mechanism-Editor: Plane to Plane

Mechanism-Editor

 Select a Plane that is a child to the Mechanism-Editor or a Part (see below). Enter the offset dimension to Plane from Plane in the ±Z-axis direction. Plane is a now a child to Plane

Mechanism-Editor

 Select a CAD-Line that is in the active Mechanism-Editor. Enter the Angles, about the X, Y, and Z-axes, to define the orientation of Plane Plane is a now a child to CAD-Line The origin (0,0,0) of the Plane is at the start-Point of the CAD-Line.

Mechanism-Editor: Plane to Line

Mechanism-Editor

 Select a Line that is in the active Mechanism-Editor. Enter the Angles, about the X, Y, and Z-axes, to define the orientation of Plane Plane is a now a child to Line The origin (0,0,0) of the Plane is at the start-Point of the Line.

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

Mechanism-Editor: Plane to X or Y-axis

Mechanism-Editor

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

 Select the X-axis or Y-axis of a Part . The Part must be in the active Mechanism-Editor. Edit the Rotate around the X-axis, Y-axis, and/or Z-axis, to define the orientation of Plane Plane is a now a child to a Part . The origin (0,0,0) of the Plane is at the origin of the Part.

### Planes in the Assembly-Tree

 Fixed Planes Front, Top, and 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.