A Profile is two offset contours that are copies of a sketch-loop. We add the two contours for you when you do Add Profile, Add Auto-Profile, or Add Auto-Profiles.
At the same time as you add Profile and Auto-Profile elements, we add for you the Extrusion element. The Extrusion is the Solid that is between the two Profile contours.
•To edit the shape of the Profile you must edit the shape of the sketch-loop.
•To edit the Extrusion-Depth, Extrusion-Offset, color, density, ... you must edit the Extrusion with the Extrusion dialog.
•Spin the model to see the two Profile contours. To see the Extrusion you must enable Show Solids in Mechanisms.
These commands - in the Solids toolbar - add sketch-loops and Auto-Profiles to Parts.
Solids menu (or toolbar) > Add Auto-Profile
To add a sketch-loop and an Auto-Profile element to one Part that you select 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.
Solids menu (or toolbar) > Add Auto-Profiles
To add a sketch-loop and an Auto-Profile element to all of the Parts in the Mechanism-Editor.
If you do Auto-Profiles again, and if more than 50% of the Parts have Auto-Profiles, you remove the Auto-Profiles and sketch-loops from the Parts.
Solids menu (or toolbar) > Auto Layer (optionally use with Auto Profiles)
To offset the Auto-Profiles by different distances. When you cycle your mechanism, the Parts should not collide with each other (no guarantees).
To see the MD-Solids in the graphic-area you must enable:
Visibility menu > Show Solids in Mechanism
STEP 1: Complete or open Tutorial 2
STEP 2: Add Auto-Profiles to all of the Parts
We add for you Auto-Profiles and sketch-loops to the Base-Part and each Part you in the model.
<<< In the image, the Auto-Profiles are PINK.
STEP 3: Show the Solids
Now you should also be able to see the Extrusions in the Mechanism-Editor.
STEP 4: Spin the model to see the Extrusions
STEP 5: Layer the Profiles/Extrusions
Each Auto-Profile and Extrusion moves a different distance from the Mechanism-Plane.
Alternatively, you can edit each Extrusion with the Extrusion dialog to edit the Extrusion-Offset and/or Part-Offset.
Add Auto-Profiles to a Kinematic-Chain