Add Dimensions to Element Row boxes


To the left, the 'Coupler' is open in the Part-Editor.

We will add the dimensions, shown in the image, to four different Element Rows in the Design-Set.

Why not Rename each dimension before you add them to the Design-Set?

To do this,

1.Edit the Part [in the image to the left, the Coupler Part is open in the Part-Editor]
2.Click a dimension. The dimension is now in the Selection-Window.
3.Right-click the element in the Selection-Window
4.Click Rename in the contextual-menu
5.Enter a new name in the Rename dialog-box


IMPORTANT: After you add a dimension to a Design-Set, you cannot edit it in the Part-Editor.

To link the four dimensions [see grey dimensions in the image above ] to the four Element Rows in the Design-Set.

1.If necessary, click the Padlock DesignSetPL to UNLOCK the Design-Set. The icons above the element-rows become colourised.
2.Click the Element Name1s-red box so that it becomes the active Element-Row, and the Property-Value or DimVal is Blue.
3.In the Part-Editor, click on the arrowhead of a dimension.

The name of the dimension replaces 'Element name' in the Design-Set.

For example, the Element name becomes the dimension name: 'CamRoller1'

The DimVal shows in the Property Value box. It may be a negative value!

4.Click the Element Name of the next Element-Row to make sure it is active and the Property-Value or DimVal is Blue.
5.Do Steps 2 and 4 again, and again, as required.

The dimension-line, extension lines and dimension-value of each dimension you add to the Design-Set become Grey. They become 'Driven-Dimensions'.

Be careful. Make sure the correct Element row is active before you click a dimension in the graphic-area.

When the Design-Set is complete :

6.LOCK the Design-Set. again - click the Padlock iconDesignSetPL. so that the 'add' and 'remove' Element-Rows become grey again.


Add one more Element-Row to the Design-Set.

We will add the Motion-Dimension, that you can see in the Mechanism-Editor 1s-red

1. If necessary, open the Design-Set dialog-box.

In the Design-Set toolbar:

2.Click : UNLOCK Design-Set
3.Click : Add new Element-Row

In the graphic-area:

4.Click the arrow-head of the Motion-Dimension1s-red, 75.00° - see image.

In the Design-Set toolbar: click the icon to:

5.LOCK the Design-Set.


BEFORE you click a dimension in the graphic-area, make sure the correct Element-Name is active.

AFTER you add the Motion-Dimension to the Design-Set, the Motion-Dimension FB icon becomes grey in the graphic-area.


This Motion-Dimension FB icon indicates you cannot edit it directly. You can only edit its value in the Design-Set.

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