Step 4.2: Auto-Profile, Auto-Profiles, & Auto-Layer commands

<< Click to Display Table of Contents >>

Navigation:  Getting Started Tutorials - MechDesigner > Tutorial 4: From Sketch-Elements to Extrusions >

Step 4.2: Auto-Profile, Auto-Profiles, & Auto-Layer commands

Auto-Profile and Auto-Profiles

These two commands - in the Solids toolbar - add sketch-loops and Auto-Profiles to Parts.

There is a difference between the two commands:

Add Auto-Profile will add a sketch-loop and an Auto-Profile element to one Part that you select in the Mechanism-Editor.

Add Auto-Profiles will add a sketch-loop and an Auto-Profile element to all of the Parts in the Mechanism-Editor.

If you do Auto-Profile again, and select a Part that has an Auto-Profile, you remove the Auto-Profile and sketch-loop from the Part.

If you do Auto-Profiles again, and if more than 50% of the Parts have Auto-Profiles, you will remove the Auto-Profiles and sketch-loops from the Parts.

Note-Pencil-20 It is best practice to do Add Auto-Profiles when all of the Parts in the Mechanism-Editor are kinematically-defined (Part-Outlines are Green).

Commands and Auto-Profiles

GST-Icon-AutoProfile

Solids menu (or toolbar) > Add Auto-Profile

 

Solids menu (or toolbar) > Add Auto-Profiles

 

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

GST-Icon-AutoProfiles

GST-Icon-AutoLayer

To see the MD-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

GST-4-2-1-Auto-Profile-0

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.

GST-Icon-AutoProfiles

STEP 2: Add Auto-Profiles to all of the Parts.

Click Solids toolbar  > Auto-Profiles
- or -
Click Add menu > Mechanism sub-menu > Solids sub-menu > Add Auto-Profiles

GST-4-2-2-AutoProfiles

The Auto-Profiles and sketch-loops are added to each Part (and the Base-Part) in the Mechanism-Editor.

In the image, the new Auto-Profiles are PINK.

STEP 3: Show the Extrusions in the Mechanism-Editor.

Click Visibility toolbar  > Show Solids in Mechanism

Now you should also be able to see the Extrusions.

GST-4-2-3-AutoProfiles-inModelTab

STEP 4: Click the Model tab

 

STEP 5: Spin the model to see the Extrusions.

View toolbar >  Spin tool GST-Icon-View-Spin  
- or -
View menu > Zoom sub-menu > Click Spin
- or -
SHIFT+DRAG
- or -
Use you up-down and left-right arrow keys on your keyboard (up-down, left-right)

STEP 6: Layer the Profiles/Extrusions

Click Solids Toolbar > Auto-Layer
- or -
Click Add menu > Mechanism sub-menu > Solids sub-menu > Auto-Layer

The Auto-Profiles elements move in the Z-axis direction so that the Extrusions become layered.

Each Auto-Profile and 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 and/or Part-Offset.

GST-4-2-4a

GST-Icon-AutoLayer

GST-4-3-5

In summary: Add Auto-Profiles:

Adds a sketch-loop to each Part.

Adds a Profile and Extrusion to each sketch-loop.

The default Extrusion-Offset and Part-Offset 0 - ( see Extrusion dialog-box)

Thus, the Primary Contour of each Auto-Profile is on the Mechanism-Plane.

Do Auto-Layer to move the Primary-Contour of each Auto-Profile by a different distance from the Mechanism-Plane.

Video of the Auto-Profile command

 

Add Auto-Profiles to a Kinematic-Chain