Add Element-Row to the Design-Set

What are Element-Rows?

Each Element-Rows is linked to a dimension or a parameter.

When you open the Design-Set dialog-box, you add element-rows, and then 'link' to each element-row a dimension or parameter.


When you link a dimension or a parameter to an element-row, you can only edit it with the Design-Set dialog-box.

To edit a dimension or a parameter in the normal way, again, you must delete it from the Design-Set dialog-box.


In the graphic-area of the Part-Editor

You will see that dimensions are grey


In the graphic-area of the Mechanism-Editor

You will see that Motion-dimension FBs are grey ,

...and have a small 'Design-Set' mini-icon attached.

Open the Design-Set

Edit FB-DesignSet

To edit a Design-Set - use the usual procedures to edit an element.


See How to open an element's dialog-box

The Design-Set dialog-box:


When you open the Design-Set dialog-box the first time, it is empty.

The icons [in colour here] are actually grey when you open it indicate they are not available

You must add elements to the Design-Set. To do this, you must use the Design-Set toolbar icons.

The toolbar icons:

DesignSet-LockALL-button-color -  Padlock icon to lock and unlock the Design-Set.

DesignSet-AddElementRow button-color -  Add an element-row to the Design-Set.

DesignSet-DeleteElementRow button-color -  Delete an element-row from the Design-Set.

DesignSet-RebuildALL-button-color -  Rebuild the model, to make sure the model uses the active values in the Design-Set dialog-box.

Note : It is very good practice to lock immediately after you add elements to the Design-Set.

To Unlock the Design-Set

1.Click the padlock icon,DesignSet-LockALL-button-color-24 to unlock the Design-Set.

The icons become colourised

Add Element Rows to the Design-Set:

1.Click DesignSet-AddElementRow button-color-24 to add an element-row.
2.Click DesignSet-AddElementRow button-color-24 again and again to add more element-rows.

Add one element-row for each dimension and parameter you want to add and edit with the Design-Set dialog-box.

If you add too few or too many element-rows, simply add DesignSet-AddElementRow button-color-24 or delete DesignSet-DeleteElementRow button-color-24  element-rows later.

The Element Row in detail:

There are three fields in each row [I have added Orange boxes in the image below]

1s-red Element's Name and its Parent. [You must click 'Element's name 'Select in graphics' to make it the active element-row].

2s Property Value of the dimension or parameter

3s Maximum or Minimum Values and Limits button for each Element-Row only become active after you select a dimension or parameter.

It is important to know which is the Active Element Row.

The Active-Element-Row has an orange Property-Value  box2s


Tutorial and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 13.2 + © Machine, Mechanism, Motion and Cam Design Software by PSMotion Ltd