What is a Plane?

A Plane is flat surface onto which you can add a new Mechanism-Editor.


In the Model-Editor, you can add a new Plane to a Plane.

In the Mechanism-Editor, you can add a new Plane to a Plane or a Line.


Note:

This topic is Add Plane in the Mechanism-Editor.

See Add a Plane in the Model-Editor.

Add Plane (Mechanism-Editor)

Add Plane icon

Model toolbar > Add Plane

 

Menu:

Add menu > Mechanism sub-menu > Model sub-menu > Add Plane

Notes:

In an active Mechanism-Editor, it is possible to add a Plane to a Line or a Plane. The Line or the Plane must be a child to the active Mechanism-Editor.

Plane dialog-box:

Plane dialog-box

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Model Toolbar [Click items to see more...]

Model Toolbar
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STEP 1: Click ...

Add menu > Mechanism sub-menu > Model sub-menu > Add Plane

or

Model toolbar > Add Plane

The Add Plane dialog-box opens

Add Plane - Plane

Add Plane - Plane

The 'default' dialog is to add a Plane as an 'Offset from an existing Plane'

The default parameters in the Add Plane dialog-box are:

1s-red  Name of the new Plane

2s  Method to add the new Plane - default method is 'Offset from Plane'

3s  The element you reference for the new Plane - See STEP 2

4s  Parameter[s] that you edit to locate the new Plane.

The Parameter[s] are distance or three orthogonal angles.

GA-AddPlanetoPlane

STEP 2: Click one of these elements:

Line1s-red, CAD-Line, X–axis or Y–axis2s of an Added Part or the Base-Part)

- or -

Plane3s that is a child to the active Mechanism-Editor

- or -

Mechanism-Editor in the Assembly-Tree.

Where is the new Plane?

You may not be able to see the new Plane. Its default position is perpendicular[] to the Mechanism Plane.

If you cannot see the new Plane, then:

Zoom-out with your mouse-wheel
Spin the model with your keyboard arrow keys
Make sure Display Planes is not set to 'hide' - [see Display Filters > Display Filters]

GA-PlaneinME

If you click a Line, CAD-Line

Parameters you can edit are the:

Angle around the X–axis of the Line or CAD-Line you select

and

Angle around the Y–axis of the Line or CAD-Line you select

and

Angle around the Z–axis of the Line or CAD-Line you select

Note: A Positive angle is Clockwise around the axis or Line, as you look along the positive direction of the axis or Line.

GA-PlanetoPlane

If you click a Plane

Parameter you can edit is the:

Distance along the +Z-Axis of the reference Plane

'0mm' is coplanar with the reference Plane.


Add Plane - Add Line

Add Plane - Add Line

STEP 3:  Edit the parameter[s]4s

The 'parameter[s]' are a function of the element you click as the reference.

(see dialog-box to left as example). If you click a:

Line, CAD-Line, X–axis or Y–axis of a Part (Added Part or Base-Part)

..then edit the 'X, Y and Z Angles of New Plane'

- or -

Plane that is a child to the active Mechanism-Editor

... then edit the 'Distance to New Plane'

- or -

Mechanism-Editor in the Assembly-Tree.

...the edit the 'Distance to New Plane'


STEP 4: Click 'OK' [the 'green tick' at the bottom dialog-box]

MechDesigner adds a new Plane to the graphic-area and Assembly-Tree

The dialog-box will close.

The new Plane shows in the active Mechanism-Editor.

Video: Add Plane to Fixed and Moving Line

 

'Expand' then 'Play'

How to...

Add a Plane to a Line

 

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