Objective of this Step

1.Use the Add Mechanism toolbar command to add a new Mechanism-Editor. We must always add at least one Mechanism-Editor.
2.Review the Command-Manager
3.Learn how to clear  [to 'clear' is to remove the elements, so that you can select different elements] elements from the selection-box[s] in the Command-Manager
4.Rename the new Mechanism-Editor element.

One sentence summary:

We build kinematic-chains* in Mechanism-Editors.

Thus, we must add a new Mechanism. We add the new Mechanism to a Plane.

When we add a new Mechanism [element], we jump to, and then work in the Mechanism-Editor name-tab

See Editors for a summary of the three different editors.

* 'Mechanism' and 'linkage' are other names for 'kinematic-chain'.



Tutorial 1: STEP 1.1

Add Mechanism to a Plane


Step by Step:

Add a New Mechanism-Editor

We must select a Plane for the new Mechanism-Editor. To see all three of the standard Planes in the graphic-area, we must spin the model.


In the image above, you can see the:

1s-red Red, Green and Blue arrows, that are in the X,Y,Z-axis directions.

2s Three fixed Planes

3s Model name-tab, at the top of the graphic-area

4s Model Contextual Toolbar, to the left of the graphic-area


To spin the model:

1.Click in the Selection-Window
2.Move your mouse-pointer to the graphic-area
3.Use the left, right, up & down arrow-keys on your keyboard

LeftArrowb-sm-lessthan , LeftArrowb-sm-morethan , UArrowb-sm , Down-arrowb-sm

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1.Click View menu or View toolbar > Zoom | Spin

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1.SHIFT+DRAG with your mouse-pointer.

Model Toolbar

STEP 1: Click Model toolbar > Add Mechanism1s-red
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Click Add menu > Mechanism sub-menu > Model sub-menu > Add Mechanism

The Model toolbar is vertical and to the left of the graphic area.

The Command-Manager starts the Add-Mechanism command.


Generally, the Command-Manager has three areas:

1s-red The actual command name with an instruction:

oAdd Mechanism ; Add new Mechanism-Editor]

2s One or more selection-box with a short hint above, an icon to its left and an icon to its right

oOne selection-box, with hint: Select a Plane, the icon to the left is Plane-SelectionBox
oThe icon to the right is Cross-15 before, and OK-tiny-11-15 after, an element is in the selection-box.

3s The OK-tiny-11-15 [OK], Cross-15 [Cancel], and Clear15x15 [Clear] buttons below the selection-box.


STEP 2: Click a Plane in the graphic-area
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Click a Plane in the Assembly-Tree 1s-red

When a Plane shows in the selection-box.

the Cross-15 to the right of the selection-box becomes a OK-tiny-13-17

When the correct Plane is in the selection-box:

STEP 3: Click OK-tiny-11-15 below the selection-box
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Right-click the graphic-area

You 'jump' to the new Mechanism-Editor.

Menu toolbar > Add Mechanism is complete.

TOP-TIP: before you click OK-tiny-13-17 you can may select a different element.

To select a different element, you MUST clear : 'to remove' the active element from the selection-box

To clear element[s] from the selection-box[s]:

1.Click in a selection-box [2s in image 2 above]

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1.Click the Clear15x15 Clear buttons below the selection-boxes

Now the selection-box is clear again you can select a different element.

The new Mechanism-Editor

The new Mechanism-Editor


The active editor is the new Mechanism-Editor

1s-red The rectangle is the Base-Part Part-Outline. It is the symbol for the frame that is fixed in the new Mechanism-Editor.

2s The Mechanism name-tab is at the top of the graphic-area

3s The Kinematic elements toolbar and Machine elements toolbar are collapsed and to the left of the graphic-area.

The Kinematic-FB toolbar is to the right of the graphic-area.

4s The graphic-area is coplanar with the Mechanism-Plane

5s The origin [0,0] X-axis and Y-axis of the Base-Part are also the origin of the Mechanism-Editor and Mechanism-Plane.

6s The Cursor (also called 'mouse', or 'pointer') changes to a 'Mechanism'.

Optionally: Rename your new Mechanism

It is possible to rename all elements.


To rename the Mechanism element:

STEP 1: Right-click the Mechanism element in the Assembly-Tree, [or Selection-Window after you click it in the Assembly-Tree]

A small contextual-menu opens - see image

STEP 2: Click Rename element in the contextual-menu
Rename dialog-box

Rename dialog-box

The Rename Element dialog-box opens.

It shows the Old Name as 'Mechanism'. The Old Name is 'read only'.

The default New Name is: '-1'.

STEP 3: Enter a name with your keyboard in the New Name box

For example, 'My New Mechanism'.

STEP 4: Click the OK-tiny-13-17 button.

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