Add and Edit elements.

To build a model, we do these steps:

STEP 1:   Add an Element

STEP 2:   Open the Element's dialog-box - see How to open a dialog-box

STEP 3: Edit the Element's Parameters in its dialog-box


A parameter in a dialog-box

The image below is the Dimension dialog-box.

It has one parameter (Dimension) and data-box (set to 300).

Dialog-box-EditParameters

In this image of the Dimension dialog-box, I have added a window to highlight the three areas of the parameter box:

300

 

Parameter value - the data value that you edit and apply to the element.

10

 

Spin-Increment - edit this with the arrows at the bottom of the Spin-Box control



Spin-BoxArrows

Spin-Box control: arrowheads - see below

If you cannot see the Spin-Box:

Double-click in the Parameter value box

How to edit parameters in a dialog-box.

There are three different procedures you can use to edit a parameter in a dialog-box.

btn_delkeyword1: Keyboard

Dialog-Dimension-EditDirectly

Enter a value directly:

1.Use your keyboard to enter the data-value
2.Press the Enter key on your keyboard to update to the new value

You must press the Enter key.

Dialog-Dimension-SymbolicEqtn

Enter a value as a symbolic equation:

1.Use your keyboard to enter an equation
2.Press the Enter on your keyboard to update to the new value

You must press the Enter key

Symbolic parameters for an Equation:

Simple Arithmetic: +, –, *, /;
Indices: ^, Sqrt();
Trigonometric (Angles are Radians), pi, Sin(), Cos(), Tan(), Sinh, Cosh, Tansh, ArcSin(), ArcCos(), ArcTan2( ; )
btn_delkeyword2: Spin-Box tool

Dialog-Dimension-UsingtheSpinBox

Spin-Box arrowhead buttons (in the CYAN-BOX)

Red-14-3 Top : Left arrowhead to decrease the data-valueRed-14-1b by the Spin-IncrementRed-14-2

Red-14-3 Top : Right arrowhead to increase the data-valueRed-14-1b by the Spin-IncrementRed-14-2

Red-14-4 Bottom : Left arrowhead to divide (÷) the Spin-IncrementRed-14-2 by 10

Red-14-4 Bottom : Left arrowhead to multiply(×) the Spin-IncrementRed-14-2 by 10

Example : Use the Spin-Box tool to edit the Dimension parameter, above:

Edit the Data Value by the Spin-Increment

Click the Red-14-3Top & Left arrowhead: Decrease the data-valueRed-14-1b by the Spin-Increment.
Data-value after one click: 67.12345 – Spin-Increment = 66.12345
Click the Red-14-3Top & Right arrowhead: Increase the data-valueRed-14-1b by the Spin-Increment
Data-value after one click: 67.12345 + Spin-Increment = 68.12345

Edit the Spin-Increment

Click the Red-14-4Bottom & Left arrowhead: Divide the Spin-Increment by 10Red-14-2
Data-value after one click: 1 ÷ 10 = 0.1
Click the Red-14-4Bottom & Right arrowhead: Multiply the Spin-Increment by 10Red-14-2
Data-value after one click: 1 × 10 = 10

WarningWARNING: The model re-builds each time you click the top arrowhead buttons in the Spin-Box tool. If the model is complex, there is a long time to update the model.

btn_delkeyword 2A: Show / Hide the Spin-Box

DoubleClickSpinBox

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'Double-Click'

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Double-click inside the data-box to hide the Spin-Box.

Double-click the data-box again to show the Spin-Box.

btn_delkeyword3: Zero/Round

Dialog-Dimension-ZeroRound

Use the 'Zero' / 'Round' menu:

1.Right-click inside the data box

The 'Zero / Round' contextual-menu shows.

2.Click:
Zero: value becomes = 0.
Round: value becomes nearest value that is exactly divisible by the Spin-Increment.

Tutorials and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 14.2 + © Machine, Cam, Mechanism, and Motion Design Software by PSMotion Ltd