Function-Blocks, Connectors and Wires

Function-Blocks [FBs], Connectors and Wires


The icon of each Function-Blocks [FB] should help you recognize its 'function'.

In the image, there are two FBs: the Linear-Motion FB [clock face!] and a Motion-Dimension FB

The small triangular symbols1s-red3s are 'out-from1s-red' and 'in-to3s' each FB.

The output-connector1s-red is to the right of a FB
There input-connector3s is to the left of a FB

Motion-values 'flow' from FB to FB, along wires2s from an output-connector1s-red to an input-connector3s.

To connect FBs


Drag Wires from Output-Connector to Input-Connectors

In the image to the left, there are four Function-Blocks [FBs] with wires that connect them.

The motion-values flow from the output-connector of a Linear-Motion FB, and along each wire and through each of the other three FBs to specify the angle of a rotating-part with a Motion-Dimension FB

To connect wires between two Function-Blocks:

1.Move your mouse-pointer above the output-connector1s-red of a FB so that the output-connector becomes red ...
2....mouse-button down...
3....and drag a wire2s from the output-connector to the input-connector of a different that it becomes red...

Now, a wire is between the output-connector and the input-connector of two FBs.

5.Do 1 to 4 again and again to add more wires.

Click to Show Video

Video to show how to connect wires between Function-Block connectors.

About Motion-Values

There is an equation associated with each type of Function-Block. The equation has parameters that you can edit.

The Input and Output of the Function-Block

When the Master-Machine-Angle changes, a motion-value at the input-connector of a Function-Block instantly becomes a different motion-value at its output-connector.

The motion-values also flow instantly along wires between Function-Blocks

The last function-block type usually specifies the position of a Part. Thus, the position of a Part updates instantly when the Master Machine Angle changes.


Example: of the 'flow' of motion-values along the wires of four FBs: 1s-red - 2s - 3s - 4s

1.Linear-Motion FB1s-red

The [default] motion-values at the output-connector of this Linear-Motion FB are the same as the Master-Machine-Angle [ 0 → 360]

Therefore, as you cycle the machine, the output from the 'first FB' changes at the same rate as the Master-Machine-Angle.

2.Motion FB2s

The Motion FB makes a link, similar to a hyperlink, with a motion name in MotionDesigner.

The motion-values at its input-connector relate to the X-axis values of a motion. The motion-values at its output-connector are the Y-axis values of the same motion. You edit the Motion FB to 'hyper-link' a different motion name, in a Motion tab in MotionDesigner.

3.Gearing FB3s

The Gearing FB has three parameters to multiply motion-values at its input connector by a fixed number, add or subtract a number.

If the input is 0 - 360, and the Gearing Ratio parameter is 2, and you add 40 to the output [after you multiply by 2], then its output will change from 40 to 760.

4.Motion-Dimension FB4s

The Motion-Dimension FB uses the motion-values at its input-connector to control the motion of a Motion-Part. The Motion-Part in this case is a 'Rocker'.

It is possible to offset the initial position of the Rocker . You must edit Base-Value parameter with the Motion-Dimension FB.

Thus, if the Base-Value is '20', the Rocker moves from 60º to 780º within the 0 – 360 cycle of the Master-Machine-Angle.

The Kinematic Function-Blocks

Motion Providers: 'to provide' motion-values.


Linear-Motion FB
One output-connector


Measurement FB [Point to Line [Linear]; Line to Line[Angle]; 3 Points [Angle]]
One output-connector


Measurement FB [Point to Point [Linear]]
Two output-connectors


Point-Data FB
Three output-connectors

Motion Processors: 'to process', or 'to manipulate' the motion-data.


Motion FB
One input-connector and one output-connector


Gearing FB
One input-connector and one output-connector

Motion-Parts: 'to transfer' the angular or positional motion-values to a Motion-Part with a Motion-Dimension.


Motion-Dimension FB – Rocker
One input-connector and one output-connector


Motion-Dimension FB – Slider
One input-connector and one output-connector

Motion-Paths: 'to transfer' motion-values to a Motion-Point to define its position along a sketch-loop.


Motion-Path FB
One input-connector

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