Rename an Element

It becomes important to rename elements as you add them to a model.

For this tutorial, we will rename an element that is in the Assembly-Tree.

It is also possible to rename an element when it is in the Selection-Window.

Tutorial: example: Rename an Element


There are two ways to rename an element.

A: Do the Windows® procedure:

1.'Click, pause, click' the element
2.Enter a new element name

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B: Use the Rename dialog:

1.Right-click an element in the Assembly-Tree or Selection-Window
2.Click 'Rename' in the contextual-menu

The Rename dialog-box opens.

Rename dialog-box

Rename dialog-box

The 'Old Name' is a 'Read-Only parameter'.

3.Enter a 'New Name' with your keyboard.
4.Click the 'OK' tick at the top of the dialog-box.

Note: If you enter a 'New Name' that is in the Assembly-Tree, MechDesigner appends a number to the 'New Name'.

Top-Tip: Rename Element

To help identify the elements in the Element-Explorer, give the 'same' name to elements that are related to the same machine function.

For example, rename all of the elements for a Pusher to 'PUSHER'.

When you use the same name, MechDesigner appends a number to make the name unique.


If you use this top-tip, use a Letter as the last character. Do not add a number as the last character.

If you do, MechDesigner also appends a number to your number. This can become confusing.

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