Step 6D3.1: Export Slot-Cam to SOLIDWORKS

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Step 6D3.1: Export Slot-Cam to SOLIDWORKS

Background to the Complexities


A standard rotating-cam is a closed Cam-Profile. The contact-point (XY-Points) between the Follower-Profile and the Cam-Profile steadily moves along the Cam-Profile as the MMA increases from 0 to 360. The Cam-Profile does self-intersect or repeat (unless there is undercutting).

However, with a Slot-Cam*, the contact-point may not move along the Cam-Profile steadily. The contact-point of a Slot-Cam retraces the Cam-Profile as the Follower-Roller or the Cam-Part moves in the opposite direction. Thus, the Cam-Profile repeats itself.

You cannot create a Curve feature in SolidWorks when the coordinates repeat.

This topic describes how to solve this problem.

* Any Cam in which the contact-point does not move steadily along the Cam-Profile.

tog_minusComplications when you export the XY coordinates of a Slot-Cam to SOLIDWORKS
tog_minusSolution to the Complications : LINEARIZE the MOTION input to the Cam.