What is a Plane?

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

Use Add Plane to add and position a new Plane.

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-Pencil-20 This topic is Add Plane in the Model-Editor. The command is limited to offsetting a Plane from a different Plane.

There are more options when you use in Add Plane in the Mechanism-Editor.

See HERE 'Add a Plane in the Mechanism-Editor'.

Add Plane (Model-Editor)

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STEP 1: Click ...

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


Model toolbar > Add Plane

The Add Plane dialog-box opens


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

The parameters in the dialog-box are:

1s-red  Name of New Plane

2s  Method to add new Plane

3s 'Element' with which you use as a reference for the new Plane

4s Distance dimension to the new Plane

In the Model-Editor, you must click a Plane as the 'element'3s


The Plane dialog-box opens immediately as you add the Plane. The other dialog that opens immediately is Add Dimension.


STEP 2: Click a Plane

1.Click a Plane in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree.

The Plane you want should show in the Elements box3s of the Add Plane dialog-box


When you select a Plane1s

You can see the new Plane2s in the graphic-area immediately


STEP 3: Edit Distance to the New Plane4s

In the Add Plane dialog-box, edit the 'Distance to the New Plane'4s.

To edit this parameter, you can use:


your keyboard to enter a value, then use 'Enter' key on your keyboard.

You can see in the graphic-area, the new Plane move relative to the reference Plane.

STEP 4: Click OK-tiny-11-15

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

Note - if you cannot see the new Plane, use these tools:

Spin the model. Use your keyboard arrow keys, or View menu > Spin model
Make sure Display Planes is not set to 'hide' - See Filters menu (or Toolbar) > Display Planes

See Also:

Mechanism | Add Plane, Mechanism Plane

Video of Add Plane:

How to...

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



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