What is a Mechanism?

A Mechanism, in the context of Add Mechanism, is a Mechanism-Editor.

You add the kinematic-elements to Mechanism-Editors and design your machine with Parts, Joints, Cams, Gears, Belts, ...


Note: You must use the Model-Editor to add a minimum of one Mechanism-Editor


IMPORTANT: Gravity Vector.

The Gravity Vector is in the negative Y–axis direction of the Model-Editor. You cannot edit its direction.

When you add your first Mechanism-Editor, please ask the question as to which Plane you should select.

For example, a rotary liquid-filling machine has a horizontal rotary turret Thus, select the Top Plane, or a Plane that is parallel to Top-Plane.

Add Mechanism

ModelAddMechToolbar-Model-AddMechanism

Menu : Add menu > Mechanism sub-menu > Model sub-menu > Add Mechanism

Toolbar : Model toolbar > Add Mechanism

 

Command-Manager - no elements

Command-Manager - no elements

STEP 1: Click Model toolbar > Add Mechanism

The Command-Manager message is:

Add new Mechanism-Editor

Hint: Select a Plane

Command-Manager - with Plane element

Command-Manager - with Plane element

STEP 2: Click a Plane

You can click the Plane in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree.

STEP 3: Click OK-tiny-11-15 in the Command-Manager

You jump immediately to the new Mechanism-Editor.

It is a child to the Plane you select in STEP 2



New Mechanism-Editor - and the Graphic-Area

Graphic-Area of new Mechanism-Editor

Graphic-Area Mechanism-Editor

The Front-View of the new Mechanism-Editor:

Red-14-1b : Base-Part has a rectangular Green Part-Outline

Red-14-2 : Mechanism name-tab

Red-14-3 : Contextual Toolbars (left and right of the graphic-area)

Red-14-4 : Graphic-Area

Red-14-5 : Local XY-axes of the NEW Mechanism-Editor and Base-Part

The +X–axis is horizontal, to the right ( > ).
The +Y–axes is vertical, and upwards ( ^ ).
The +Z–axis is towards you (◎)

The NEW Mechanism-Editor - and the Assembly-Tree

Assembly-Tree and the new Mechanism-Editor

Assembly-Tree and the new Mechanism-Editor

The hierarchy and the new elements in the new Mechanism-Editor:

Mechanism2 is a child to Plane4
BasePart2 is a child to Mechanism2.

The XY-Plane of Plane4, Mechanism2, and Base-Part2 are coplanar and coincident.


Video

How to...

Add a new Mechanism-Editor to a Plane in the Model-Editor.

 

 

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