DesignSpark Mechanical Online Help

Properties

 

The Properties panelClosed is on the left side of the DS Mechanical interface, below the Structure treeClosed and Options panelClosed. When you select a complete component, surface, or solid by triple-clicking it in the Design windowClosed or selecting it in the Structure treeClosed, you will see its properties in the Properties panelClosed. You can use the Properties panelClosed to modify various properties values, such as Color to set the color of a selected face or body, or to change other properties values.

In addition to components, surfaces, and solids, you can modify property values for sketched objects, inserted images, and . The property settings for these objects are described in detail in their specific topics.

It may be helpful to configure the Properties panelClosed so that you can see object properties and the Structure panel simultaneously.

To modify an object's properties

  1. Select an object in the Structure treeClosed or right-click the object in the Design windowClosed and select Properties.

  2. Edit the property values.

To modify document properties

  1. Select the top-level design or a component in the Structure treeClosed.

    You can hold Ctrl and select more than one component.

  2. In the Properties panelClosed, expand DocumentClosed properties to display the following information

  3. Enter additional information such as Creator, Description, Title, and Version in the File section of the Properties panelClosed.

    These properties can be included in BOM tables.

To create a custom document property

  1. Select the top-level design or a component in the Structure treeClosed. You can select more than one component.

  2. Right-click in the Properties panelClosed and select Add DocumentClosed Property to create a custom property.

  3. Expand the property to display its value.

  4. Enter a name for the property, select its type (date, Boolean, number, or string), and enter its value.

    Delete a custom property by right-clicking the property in the Properties panelClosed and selecting Delete DocumentClosed Property.

To create a custom component property

  1. Select a component in the Structure treeClosed.

  2. Right-click in the Properties panelClosed and select Add ComponentClosed Property to create a custom property.

  3. Expand the property to display its value.

  4. Enter a name for the property, select its type (date, Boolean, number, or string), and enter its value.

    Custom component properties can be used in BOM's and note fields. Delete a custom property by right-clicking the property in the Properties panelClosed and selecting Delete ComponentClosed Property.

Material properties

You can set the gage for a material used in a sheet metal part. Assigning a gage enables you to control the thickness of a sheet metal part at a more granular level. Gage, or, ‘gauge’, is the thickness of the metal organized by numbers: the smaller the number the thinner the metal. A sheet metal design or component of a design must be assigned a material in order for the gage drop down to display. You cannot select a gage for designs or components that are assigned the ‘Unknown MaterialClosed’ option.

To assign a material, from the Structure treeClosed select the design at the top level, or select the component for which you want to assign a material, and then click the MaterialClosed Name dropdown from the MaterialClosed group in the Properties panelClosed. From the Thickness group in the Properties panelClosed, click the gage drop down, and select a gage.

You can specify material properties for a component in several ways:

 

ClosedSelect a material from the Materials Library
ClosedSelect a Material from the local library
ClosedCreate a material

To remove a material from a component, select Unknown MaterialClosed from the Local LibraryClosed.

You can only change the Density value for material properties. All other values are determined by the material you select.

In the Local Materials tab, you can also do the following:

Recognizing rounds and chamfers

Rounds and chamfers created in DS Mechanical are automatically recognized, but they may not be recognized on imported models.

  1. Select a round or chamfer face.

  2. Change the RoundClosed or ChamferClosed property to True.

Drawing sheet properties

You can modify properties of the drawing sheet views and other aspects of drawing sheets such as annotations, BOM, tables, and threads in the Properties panelClosed.


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