Adding and editing elements.

As we 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 the dialog-box

This topic reviews Step 3: 'How to edit parameters in its dialog-box'.

A typical dialog-box and Parameter.

The image below is a typical dialog-box. It is the Dimension dialog-box.

It has one parameter [Dimension] and data-box [currently set to 300].

Dialog-box-EditParameters

In this image of the Dimension dialog-box, I have added a 'window' to highlight the parameter box.

The three parts to the parameter box are:

300

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

10

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


Spin-BoxArrows

Spin-Box control arrowheads - top and bottom, arrowheads to the left and right

How to edit parameters in a dialog-box.

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


tog_minus1: Enter the Parameter Value with your Keyboard

Dialog-Dimension-EditDirectly

Enter a value directly:

1.Use your keyboard to edit 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 symbolic equation:

1.Use your keyboard to edit 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( ; )

tog_minusMethod 2: Use the 'Spin-Box' tool

Dialog-Dimension-UsingtheSpinBox

Spin-Box arrowhead buttons [in the blue-box]

3s Top : Left arrowhead to decrease the data-value1s-red by the Spin-Increment2s

3s Top : Right arrowhead to increase the data-value1s-red by the Spin-Increment2s

4s Bottom : Left arrowhead to divide [÷] the Spin-Increment2s by 10

4s Bottom : Left arrowhead to multiply[×] the Spin-Increment2s by 10

Using the Spin-Box tool

Edit the Data Value by the Spin-Increment

Click the Top & Left arrowhead to decrease the data-value1s-red by the Spin-Increment. [Data-value after one click: 67.12345 Spin-Increment[1] = 66.12345 ]
Click the Top & Right arrowhead to increase the data-value1s-red by the Spin-Increment [Data-value after one click: 67.12345 + Spin-Increment[1] = 68.12345 ]

Edit the Spin-Increment

Click the Bottom & Left arrowhead to decrease the spin-increment2s [Data-value after one click: 1 ÷ 10 = 0.1 ]
Click the Bottom & Right arrowhead to increase the spin-increment2s [Data-value after one click: 1 × 10 = 10 ]

WarningWARNING: The model re-builds each time you click the top left or right arrowhead buttons.


hmtoggle_plus1        Show / Hide the Spin-Box

DoubleClickSpinBox

< >

'Double-Click'

DoubleClickSpinBox-2

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

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


tog_minus        Method 3: Use the Zero/Round contextual menu

Dialog-Dimension-ZeroRound

To use: 'Zero' or 'Round' data-value:

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.

Tutorial and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 13.2 + © Machine, Mechanism, Motion and Cam Design Software by PSMotion Ltd