Why edit a Part?

We must edit a Part in the Part-Editor, to:

Edit its length
Add sketch-elements
Add Dimensions to and between sketch-elements
Add Geometric Constraints to and between sketch-elements

See also:

How to edit a Part

Close the Part-Editor,

Why Edit a Part?

Video: How to Start the Part-Editor to 'Edit a Part'


How to Start the Part-Editor...

3 different methods


Edit-Part in Mechanism-Editor

Edit Part icon

Edit-Part icon (left of the graphic-area)

Menu :

Edit menu > Mechanism sub-menu > Edit Part

Notes :

Edit a Part is to use the Part-Editor

What to do :

There are many different procedures you can do to edit a Part:

A: Edit-Part in Part-Editor tool

1.Click a Part-Outline

When the Part-Outline is red

2.Click the Edit menu > Edit Part in Part-Editor

- or -

2.Click Edit Part icon to the left of the graphic-area

B: Double-Click

1.Double-click a Part-Outline


- or -

1.Double-click a Line, Circle or Arc sketch-element that is a child to the Part you want to edit


Notes: If you fail to click the Part-Outline, but double-click:

a CAD-Line

...the CAD-Line dialog-box opens

a Blend-Curve

...the Blend-Curve dialog-box opens

a Point

...the Point Vectors & Pos. dialog-box opens

...more than one element, nothing happens.

C: Right-Click

1.Click a Part-Outline in the graphic-area
2.The Part should show in the Selection-Window.
3.Right-click the Part element name

A contextual-menu shows next to your mouse-pointer:

4.Click Edit-Element in the contextual-menu


Result :

MechDesigner opens the Part-Editor.

Notes :

To close the Part-Editor:

1.Click, to deselect, the Edit-Part icon

- or -

1.Double-click a Line, Arc or Circle sketch-element in the Part

- or -

1.Double-click the Y–axis

The Y-axis is easier to click than the X-axis

btn_delkeywordHow to recognize an active Part-Editor


When the Part open in the Part-Editor:

The Part-Outline is not in the graphic-area
The X–axis and Y–axis of the Part are longer
The CAD-Line shows its length dimension, arrowheads, and extension lines

You may need to Zoom-In to see the end-Point of the CAD-Line extend past the end of the X–axis.

The mouse-pointer changes to the Edit Part pointer

In the Part-Editor, to rotate the X–axis of the Part to be horizontal

1.Click View toolbar (or menu)> View > Align

In the Mechanism-Editor, to rotate the X-axis of the Base-Part to be horizontal.

1.Click View toolbar (or menu) > View-Align again

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