6A2: Rotating Cam & Flat-faced-Follower

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6A2: Rotating Cam & Flat-faced-Follower

Rotating Cam with Flat-Faced-Followers

To add a 2D-Cam, you must select two elements:

Part - which becomes the Cam-Part.

Profile/Extrusion - which becomes the Cam-Profile.

Before you can add a 2D-Cam, you must prepare the model to include these two elements. You must also specify the motion for each.


Cam Terminology :

Description and definition.

Translating Cam-Follower :

the output slides along a straight axis.  

Rotating Cam-Follower :

the output rotates about a fixed axis.

Reciprocating :

a non-progressive, translating motion.

Oscillating :

a non-progressive, rotating motion.

Non-Progressive motion :

a motion that returns to its original position after each machine cycle.

Flat-faced Cam-Follower :

a planar surface in continuous-contact with the Cam.

Roller Follower :

a circular shape in continuous-contact with the Cam.


Design a Cam to move a Reciprocating Cam-Follower, with a Flat-Faced Cam-Profile.

Design a Cam to move an Oscillating Cam-Follower, with a Flat-Faced Cam-Profile.

Short Summary of this Tutorial

1.Model two different kinematic-chains:

a.a Slider for the Translating Cam-Follower, and

b.a Rocker for the Oscillating Cam-Followers.

2.Add a Profile to the Slider / Rocker to represent the Flat-Faced Cam-Followers

3.Add a continuously rotating Crank as the cam shaft.

4.Add the 2D-Cam element

This tutorial can take 3 minutes.

GST-Icon-Add2DCam Rotating Cam with Translating Flat-Faced-Follower

Step 6A2.1: Rotating Cam with a Translating Flat-Faced Follower

GST-Icon-Add2DCamRotating Cam with Oscillating Flat-Faced-Follower

Step 6A2.2: Rotating Cam with a Oscillating-Offset Flat-faced Follower