Why use a Briefcase Function-Block?

When a model becomes complex, it becomes more difficult to identify to which kinematic-chain each FB applies.

You can use Briefcase FBs

To hide or show a group of Function-Blocks in a 'Briefcase Display Window'.
To group Function-Blocks.
To edit a FB directly inside the Briefcase FB
To be able to rename a FB directly inside the Briefcase FB.

Briefcase FB

Add Briefcase FB

[Above Graphic-Area]: Modelling FB toolbar > Briefcase FB

Menu:

Add menu > Add Briefcase FB

How to Add and Edit:

STEP 1: Add a Briefcase FB to the graphic-area:

1.Click Tools menu > Add Briefcase FB
2.Click in the graphic-area.

The Briefcase FB is now in the graphic-area.

STEP 2:  Open the Briefcase FB dialog-box

Open the Briefcase FB dialog-box in the usual ways:

1.Double-click the Briefcase FB in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree

- or -

1.Click the Briefcase FB in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree so that it shows in the Selection-Window
2.Right-click the Briefcase FB in the Selection-Window
3.Click Edit element in the contextual-menu

STEP 3:  Use the Briefcase FB dialog-box

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BRIEFCASE FB DIALOG-BOX

Display Options

1s-red << write a label >>

Enter text for a 'label' to remind you of the FBs that are in the Briefcase. The label shows above the Briefcase FB in the graphic-area.

2s 'Background colour' and 'Transparency' Slider

When you show the 'Briefcase Display Window', you can edit its colour.

Use the transparency slider to edit the density of its colour.

3s 'Hide Elements' / 'Show Elements'

Use this check-box to show or hide the elements in the 'Briefcase Display Window'.

'Hide-Elements' to hide 'Briefcase Display Window'.
'Show Elements' to show 'Briefcase Display Window'

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Add / Remove Function-Blocks

To add FBs to the Briefcase

1.Click the Padlock5s to unlock the Briefcase - the padlock icon becomes unlocked - see image.
2.Click FBs that are in the graphic-area

The FBs you click show in the 'Function-Blocks' box, below. At the same time, the FBs are removed from the graphic-area.

3.Click the Padlock5s again to lock the Briefcase.

Now you cannot add or remove FBs to or from the Briefcase.

To remove a FB from the Briefcase:

1.Click the Padlock5s to unlock the Briefcase
2.Click a FB that is in the Function-Blocks box - in the dialog - to make a FB 'active'.
3.Click the Red Cross4s button

The FB returns to the graphic-area, outside the 'Briefcase Display Window'. The wires that connect to and from this FB will now connect with the Briefcase.

4.Click the Padlock5s again to lock the Briefcase

To arrange the FBs in the 'Briefcase Display Window'.

1.Click the 'arrange FBs'6s button to put the FBs in a 'linear array' in the graphic-area.

Note: You may also need to use the 'Show Elements' check-box - see above.


To add automatically ALL FBs that are connected 'upstream' of a FB that is already in the Function-Block box:

1.Click a FB in the Function-Blocks box - it is 'pre-selected'
2.Click icon 7s

To add automatically ALL FBs that are connected 'downstream' of a FB that is already in the Function-Block box:

1.Click a FB in the Function-Blocks box - it is 'pre-selected'
2.Click icon 8s

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Example of Briefcase FB and Briefcase Display Window in the graphic-area.

The Briefcase FB and its label: 'Lifter Mech'.

The Briefcase Display Window. It resizes as you add or remove FBs.

To move the Briefcase FB together with the Briefcase Display Window

1.Drag the Briefcase FB icon.

 

 

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