Auto-Profile and Auto-Layer Commands

These commands add a Profile to each Part, for your convenience.

There is a small difference between the two commands::

Solids toolbar > Add Auto-Profile:    add a sketch-loop and an Auto-Profile element to one Part
Solids toolbar > Add Auto-Profiles : add a sketch-loop and an Auto-Profile element to all Parts
If you do Auto-Profile again, and select a Part that has an Auto-Profile, you remove the one Auto-Profile.
If you do Auto-Profiles again, you remove all Auto-Profiles.

Note-Pencil-20 It is best practice to use the Auto-Profile command when the Parts are kinematically-defined Parts (Part-Outlines are Green).

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Add Solids menu (or toolbar) > Add Auto-Profile

 

Add Solids menu (or toolbar) > Add Auto-Profiles

 

Auto Solids menu (or toolbar) > Auto Layer (for use with Auto Profiles)

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To see the Solids in the graphic-area you must use make active:

Show Model in Mechanism icon

Visibility menu > Show Solids in Mechanism

Use the Auto-Profiles and Auto-Layer commands

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STEP 1: Complete or open Tutorial 2

The model opens in the Mechanism-Editor.

The Part-Outlines are Green. This means the Parts and kinematic-chain are kinematically-defined.

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STEP 2: Click Solids toolbar  > Auto-Profiles
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Click Add menu > Mechanism sub-menu > Solids sub-menu > Add Auto-Profiles

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You can see the new Profiles (PINK) in the Mechanism-Editor.

STEP 3: Click Solids Visibility toolbar  > Show Solids in Mechanism
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Click Add menu > Mechanism sub-menu > Solids sub-menu > Add Auto-Profiles

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STEP 4: Click the Model name-tab

Spin your model to see the Extrusions.

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STEP 5: View toolbar >  Spin tool, Icon-View-Spin  
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View menu > Zoom sub-menu > Click Spin
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SHIFT+DRAG
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Click in the Selection-Window and then use you arrow keys on your keyboard (up-down, left-right)

You can see that each Extrusion is extruded from the Mechanism-Plane.

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STEP 6: Click Solids Toolbar > Auto-Layer
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Click Add menu > Mechanism sub-menu > Solids sub-menu > Auto-Layer

The Auto-Profiles elements move along the Z-axis of the Mechanism-Plane so that the Extrusions become layered.

Each Extrusion moves a different distance from the Mechanism-Plane.

Alternatively, you can edit each Extrusion with the Extrusion dialog-box to edit the Extrusion-Offset or Part-Offset, or the two.

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In summary: the Auto-Profiles command:

Adds a sketch-loop to each Part and and Joint.
The default diameters of the sketch-loops at the Joints are given the Application-Settings > Auto-profiles tab for 'Grounded Bearings' and 'Standard Bearings'
Add a Profile and Extrusion to each sketch-loop.
The Primary Contour of each Auto-Profile is on the Mechanism-Plane.

The Auto-Layer command:

You can use Auto-Layer command to move each Auto-Profile a different distance from the Mechanism-Plane.

Video of the Auto-Profile command

 

'Expand' then 'Play'

How to...

Add Auto-Profiles to the complete Mechanism

 

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