What is 'Auto-Profile'?

Auto-Profile is a tool to automatically add a sketch-loop and then solid to a Part.

You can edit the dimensions of the sketch-elements that give its size but not add new sketch-element to the sketch-loop.


Note: You must use Show Model in Mechanism to see the Solids.

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Command:

Solids menu [or toolbar] > Add Auto-Profile...[Part]

What to do:

1.Click  in the Solids Toolbar  > Auto-Profile (or Solids menu)
2.Click a Part-Outline.
3.Click OK-tiny-11-15 in the Command-Manager.

Result:

MechDesigner adds a sketch-loop and Auto-Profile to the Part.

The sketch-loop is around the ends of the CAD-Line and other fully defined sketch-elements that you may use in the Part to define a Joint.

Experiment to learn more details.

Preparation:

Add a minimum of one Part.

How to Remove (Delete):

You must do Auto-Profile again to delete an Auto-Profile.

To delete one Auto-Profile:

1.Click Add Auto-Profile in the Extrusions Toolbar
2.Click a Part-Outline that has an Auto-Profile element
3.Click OK in the Command-Manager

Notes:

The sketch-elements that MechDesigner adds to give the shape to each Auto-Profile have different properties to sketch-elements you can add in the Part-Editor.

They are different in the following ways:

1.They are grey in the Part-Editor

This is to help you identify them from sketch-elements you add.

2.You cannot select or delete the sketch-elements in the Part-Editor
3.You cannot delete any constraints
4.You can change the dimensions to edit the size of the sketch-loop
5.You cannot add Pin-Joints, Slide-Joints, Ball-Joint or Planes to a sketch-element used for an Auto-Profile

See Auto-Profiles

See Also:

Add Auto-Profiles, Extrusions, How to Select and Edit Extrusions, Delete a Profile

tog_minus        How to delete the Auto-Profile and edit the Extrusions

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Delete an Auto-Profile

1.Click an Auto-Profile in the Assembly-Tree or the graphic-area

The Auto-Profile and the Extrusion show in the Selection-Window

2.Right-Click the Auto-Profile
3.Click Delete from the contextual-menu – see image at left.

MechDesigner deletes the Auto-Profile, the Extrusion and sketch-loop.

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Edit an Extrusion

1.Click an Extrusion in the Assembly-Tree or the graphic-area, so that it shows in the Selection-Window

The Auto-Profile and the Extrusion show in the Selection-Window

2.Right-Click the Extrusion in the Selection-Window
3.Click Edit from the contextual-menu – see image at left.

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1.Double-click a Profile or an Extrusion in the Selection-window.

See Extrusion dialog-box for more information

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