Edit a parameter in the Machine Settings dialog-box

In this tutorial, we edit a parameter with the:

Spin-Box tool
Zero/Round contextual-menu

We will edit Cycles / Min and No-of-Steps in the Machine Settings dialog-box.

Video: Edit Machine-Settings


Tutorial 0

Edit Machine-Settings

Edit a Cycles/Min parameter


Step by Step

Open the Machine-Settings dialog-box

Edit toolbar > Machine Settings Icon

Expanded Edit toolbar

Expanded Edit toolbar

Edit menu > Machine-Settings

Edit menu > Machine-Settings

Edit toolbar > Mechine Settings icon

Edit toolbar > Mechine Settings icon

1.Click the Edit toolbar Expand icon (see blue in image above) to expand the Edit toolbar
2.Click Edit toolbar > Machine Settings icon (red in image above).

- or -

1.Click Edit menu > Machine Settings

<< Edit menu

Machine-Settings dialog-box

Machine-Settings dialog-box

In the dialog-box, if you cannot see the Cycles/Min and No of Steps parameters, then:

1.Click the orange  Cycling Parameters  separator, possibly two times, to show the parameters.


There are three areas of a data-box


Data-value : the parameter value that you edit


Spin-Increment : see STEP 1 - below


Spin-Box : see STEP 1 - below

There is also a contextual-menu. Right-click the data-value : see STEP 2 - below


Zero  : the parameter becomes 0 , or a very small value if the parameter cannot = 0)


Round  : the value becomes the nearest value that is exactly divisible by the Spin-Increment.

Cycles / Min parameter: does not change the animation speed.

Cycles / Min changes the simulation speed, to give different kinematic and kinetostatic (force) results.

STEP 1: Use the Spin-Box tool to edit Cycles/min

Spin-Box tool: Red-14-1b

Note: The Spin-Box tool is expanded in the image so that you can see the arrowheads more clearly.

1.Click the Top ArrowheadsRed-14-4Red-14-5 to edit the Edit the Data-Value
a.Top : LeftRed-14-4  arrowhead to decrease Cycles / Min by the Spin-Increment(0.1) : After one click: 111.3 – 0.1 = 111.2
b.Top : RightRed-14-5 arrowhead to increase Cycles / Min by the Spin-Increment(0.1) : After one click: 111.2 + 0.1 = 111.3
2.Click the Bottom ArrowheadsRed-14-6Red-14-7 to edit the Spin-Increment
a.Bottom : LeftRed-14-6 arrowhead to decrease the Spin-Increment : After one click: 0.1 ÷ 10 = 0.01
b.Bottom : RightRed-14-7 arrowhead three times to increase the Spin-Increment : After one click: 0.01 × 10 = 0.1 , click again: 0.1 × 10 = 1, ...

STEP 2: Use the Zero / Round contextual menu to edit Cycles/min

Zero/Round contextual-menu: Red-14-2

Cycle/ Min parameter is 111.3.  Spin-Increment = 1 (from above).

a.Right-click with your mouse-pointer above the data-value(111.3) to show the contextual-sensitive Zero / Round menu

Round will find the nearest value that is divisible exactly by the Spin-Increment(1)

b.Click Round to round the data-value - (111.3 to 111.0)

STEP 3: Enter an Equation to edit No of Steps

Enter an equation with your keyboard Red-14-3

a.Click in the data box, so that the cursor is immediately after the No of Step value(100)
b.Enter with your keyboard: +20 to give 100+20 - see imageRed-14-3
c.Press the enter key on your keyboard to update the value to (120)

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