4r Feedback-Area

The Feedback-Area is below the graphic-area.

It has five different areas.

Feedback Area Click to Expand / Collapse
Feedback Area
Click to Expand / Collapse

Red-14-1b Extended Hints

A hint shows in the Extended Hints box as you move your mouse above each icon in each toolbar.

The hint also shows next to your mouse-pointer - if Tool-tips is active

See also Application Settings > Accessibility tab > Menus separator > Show Hints

Note: To see all of the hint, you may need to drag the spacer-barsRed-14-8 upwards, and/or to the right, a short distance.

Red-14-2 Message Area

The most recent message is at the top of the list.

There are three columns in the Message Area.

Topic :

Importance Level icon: InformationInformation;   WarningWarning;   Error Error - save your work now!

Message :

Relates to the command you have completed or tried to complete. This is the message you should read!

Time :

When the message was displayed.

To clear messages from the Message Area:

1.Right-Click, with your mouse-pointer in the Message Area
2.Click Clear Messages in the pop-up menu

Message Sounds:

With your computer sound on, and enabled in Application Options | Accessibility tab, you hear a honk with each new message.

Red-14-3 Master-Machine-Angle (MMA) ;  Revs  ; Machine-Angle-Indicator

The Master-Machine-Angle is the virtual axis, and the input to all kinematic-chains in the model.

Master-Machine-Angle (MMA) :

Range 0 – 360, equal to one Machine-Cycle.

Revs :

Number of machine-cycles

Machine-Angle-Indicator Red-14-10a :

Exact machine angle of the model.

To edit the Master-Machine-Angle:

Exactly :

Use the Machine-Angle IndicatorRed-14-10a to:

Move to an Exact Angle :

Enter with your keyboard a Machine-Angle between 0 and 360.

Inch :

Click the Spin-Box tool to increase or decrease the Machine Angle by the Spin-Increment. Edit the Spin-Increment (by factors of 10 only) to change the inch-step.

Jog :

Press & Hold the Spin-Box to continuously increase or decrease the Machine-Angle.

Approximately :

Drag with your mouse-pointer INSIDE the Master-Machine-Angle area.

The orange triangle () below the MMA scale moves to the left or right with your mouse.

Red-14-4 Kinematic and Kinetostatic Vector Scale Buttons


Buttons to increase or decrease the scale (length) of vectors in the graphic-area.

Of course, you must display the vectors before you can scale their length.

Velocity and Acceleration Vectors

See Point Display and Location dialog-box to display the Velocity Vector and/or Acceleration Vector for a Point

Force and Torque Vectors

See Calculate Forces and Display Force Vectors to display Force and Torque Vectors at all Joints.

Note: The Power Source and many mass-properties must be correct, of course.

Red-14-5 Animation-Speed Slider

Use the Animation Speed Slider to speed-up or slow-down the Animation Speed of the model as it cycles.

Drag your mouse-pointer INSIDE the Animation-Speed slider to adjust the animation speed.

The Animation-Speed does not change the kinematic-data or the motion synchronisation.

To change the simulation-speed, and the kinematic and force results, see Edit menu > Machine-Settings dialog-box.

See also: Run >Cycle


Tutorials and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 14.2 + © Machine, Cam, Mechanism, and Motion Design Software by PSMotion Ltd