The Mesh dialog provides you with a list of all the meshes that a component is made up of. By having this window open parallel to the program, you can easily find the mesh that you are looking for.
All the tools on the component tab are also available in the Mesh dialog.
The modifications that you make in the Mesh dialog will overwrite other settings made in the Edit Graphics Extension.
Listing all meshes
The Mesh dialog lists all meshes. There are three ways of organizing the list: Plain, Tree or Tags. Below is an example of the tree view. When selecting a mesh in the drawing area, it is automatically highlighted in the mesh dialog and vice versa.
The renaming tool is equivalent to the Rename mesh tool on the Edit Graphics (Meshes) tab. Regardless of which tool you use, the name that you picked is saved for a particular mesh. By using both fields when naming a mesh, you can label the mesh on two levels and thus create your own grouping within the Edit Graphics Extension.
To rename a mesh, follow these steps:
- In the list or in the drawing area, select the mesh that you want to rename. You can select multiple meshes by pressing the Ctrl key and clicking the meshes that you want to rename.
- Click the ABC tool in the component tab or Rename in the Mesh Dialog. The Rename selected mesh dialog box opens.
- Type in the name(s) and click the Ok button.
- The selected mesh in the list has been renamed.
You can control the mesh visibility by hiding meshes with the Hide tool. Hidden meshes are indicated with the letter 'H' in the list, and you will notice that they are not visible in the drawing area any longer.
To hide a mesh, follow these steps:
- In the list or in the drawing area, select the mesh that you want to hide. You can select multiple meshes by pressing the Ctrl key and clicking the meshes that you want to hide.
- Click the Hide tool. The letter 'H' appears to the right of each selected mesh, indicating that it is hidden.
- To make a mesh visible again, select the hidden mesh and click the Hide tool. The mesh is now visible again.
Group / Ungroup
If you want to group several meshes within one component, you need to use the Group tool to create a unit. When you want to separate the meshes again, use the Ungroup tool.
To group meshes, follow these steps:
- In the list or in the drawing area, select the meshes that you want to group. You can select multiple meshes by pressing the Ctrl key and clicking the meshes that you want to group.
- Click the Group tool. A new item, Node (grouped) appears in the list in the mesh dialog. When you click this node, the grouped meshes are highlighted in the drawing area.
- To ungroup meshes, select the Node (grouped) item from the list and click Ungroup. The meshes are now separate again.
Split / Fuse
There may be situations where meshes are grouped by default but you would need them to be separated or the other way around. You can then use the Split mesh and Fuse mesh tools.
To split and fuse meshes, follow these steps:
- In the list or in the drawing area, select the mesh that you want to split. You can select multiple meshes by pressing the Ctrl key and clicking the meshes that you want to split.
- Click the Split mesh tool. Each separate mesh is listed for the node that was split:
- To fuse meshes into one, select the meshes that you want to fuse in the list or in the drawing area and click Fuse mesh. The meshes are fused into one unit.
The Clear button clears selected meshes of all properties such as tags, cut planes and layers.
Editing Part Number information
Once the symbol has been modified you may need to add the special ordering information.
- Right-click on the symbol and select Query.
- Select the part number of the special and select Make Special.
- The specific Special dialog for your manufacturer will open; see examples below:
- You may also want to change the Individual Tag information in the Calculation.
- If you are editing the graphics of a symbol that does not have product information and you need to add information to show in Calculations, you can add part numbers and pricing to symbols. Read more here.