Auto-Profiles / Auto-Profile and the Auto-Layer Commands

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

There is a small difference between the Auto-Profile and Auto-Profiles commands:

Auto-Profile:   adds a sketch-loop and Auto-Profile element to one Part
Auto-Profiles: add a sketch-loop and Auto-Profile element to all Parts and to each Joint in a Mechanism name-tab.

They are 'toggle-commands'. If you use the same command again, the Auto-Profiles elements are removed.

Note-Pencil-20 It is 'best practice' to use these command when the Parts are kinematically-defined Parts [Part-Outlines are Green].


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]



Use the Auto-Profiles and Auto-Layer commands


STEP 1: Complete the Tutorial 2

The model opens in the Mechanism-Editor.

The Part-Outlines are green. This means the kinematic-chain is a kinematically-defined chain.


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


The Command-Manager instruction is:

Automatically add Profile/Extrusions to all Parts

The Auto-Profiles is a toggle command. This means you can 'switch-off' the auto-profiles if you click Auto-Profile again.

STEP 3: Click OK-tiny-13-17 in the Command-Manager
Example 'Bearing Diameters'

Example 'Bearing Diameters'

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

The default radii of the 'bearings'1s-red2s are set in the Application-Settings dialog-box.

See Edit menu > Application-Settings > Auto-Profiles tab

STEP 4: Click the Model name-tab

Spin your model to see the Extrusions.


STEP 5: View toolbar >  Spin tool, Icon-View-Spin  
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View menu > Zoom sub-menu > Click Spin
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Use you arrow keys on your keyboard [up-down, left-right]

You can see that the 'back' of each Extrusion is coplanar with the Mechanism-Plane.


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 elements become layered.

Each Extrusion element moves a different difference 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.


In summary: the Auto-Profiles command:

Adds sketch-loops to Parts and Joints.
The default diameters of the sketch-loops at the Joints are given the Application-Settings > Auto-profiles tab for 'Grounded Bearings' and 'Standard Bearings'
Adds Profiles and Extrusions to the sketch-loops.
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


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