Model | Add Mechanism (Editor)

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Model | Add Mechanism (Editor)

What is a Mechanism?

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

We work in Mechanism-Editors to add Parts, Joints, Cams, Gears, Belts, ... to design your machine.

You must use the Model-Editor to add a minimum of one(1) Mechanism-Editor.

IMPORTANT: Gravitational Vector ( g = 9.81665 m/s/s )


The Gravity Vector is in the negative Y-axis direction (Green Arrowhead in the Model-Editor.

Before you add the first Mechanism-Editor, to a Plane, consider the type of machine.

For example, if your machine has a horizontal indexing or rotating table, add the Mechanism-Editor for the table to the Top Plane, or a Plane that is parallel to the Top Plane.

Add Mechanism

Model elements toolbar

Model elements toolbar

Add menu > Add Mechanism


< Model elements 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. Select a Plane

STEP 2: Click a Plane

You can click a 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.

The new Mechanism-Editor is a child to the Plane you select in STEP 2.

Command-Manager - with Plane element

Command-Manager - with Plane element

The new Mechanism-Editor - and the Graphic-Area

Graphic-Area of new Mechanism-Editor

Front-View of the 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 (◎)

NEW Mechanism-Editor - and the Assembly-Tree

Assembly-Tree and the new Mechanism-Editor

Assembly-Tree and the new Mechanism-Editor

The hierarchy of the new elements

Mechanism2 - is a child to Plane4

BasePart2  - is a child to Mechanism2.

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


Video: Model-Editor: Add Mechanism-Editor to Plane