Elements - What are they?

Elements

Are those objects that you add to the model.
The Assembly-Tree [see below] in the Element-Explorer, shows the list of elements that you have added to the model. The Assembly-Tree is to the left and bottom of the application.

For example: After you complete the command 'Add Part', you will see the 'Part' element in the Assembly-Tree.

Each element may be a child or a parent to different elements.

For example: 'Part' element is a child to the 'Mechanism' element. It is also is a parent to the 'CAD-Line' element.

Each element has a Capital-First-Letter for each word in the Element name, and a hyphen between the element name if there two or more words.

For example: the Part element has a capital 'P', Base-Part has capitals ['B' and 'P'] and a hyphen [-]

You can rename any element.

For example: rename a 'Part' to 'Pusher-Tool'.

Derived Element Name:

We use 'derived-names' to help us write the help. They are not elements that you can select, and they are not in the Assembly-Tree.

For example: Sketch-Loop. You will not find a command Add sketch-loop'. Rather a sketch-loop is combination of a number of sketch elements that you must join end-to end that form a 'loop'..

Element Explorer: Assembly-Tree

In the Assembly-Tree, we represent each element with an Element Name and an Icon.

Example: Assembly-Tree in Explorer-Explorer

Assembly-Tree in Explorer-Explorer

The image shows an Assembly-Tree in the Element-Explorer.

You need to 'expand' each 'parent' to see its 'children' and 'grand-children'.

Element Icons and Element Names

Element Icon

The Element Icon is the same as the toolbar icons. You cannot edit the element icons.

Element Full Name

The default* Element Full Name is unique.

Element Full Name = Element Name + Element Number

Element Name

The element name is typically the same as the command

Element Number

We add a number to the Element Name.

Element Full Name

For example: the default* full names for Parts are: Part, Part2, Part3.


* You can rename the element.

See rename elements.

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