Step 6C1.2: Add the 3D-Cam

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Step 6C1.2: Add the 3D-Cam

Add the 3D-Cam

IMPORTANT: Add the 3D-Cam in the Mechanism-Editor with the Part that is defined as the Cam-Shaft.

Note:  To Add a 3D-Cam, you must select elements from other Mechanism-Editors.

To see the elements in the other Mechanism-Editors, you must:

1.Right-Click each Mechanism name-tabs

2.Click Show with Other Kinematic and Sketch-Elements


3.Click Visibility toolbar > Show other Kinematic and Sketch-Elements


STEP 1: Prepare the View

1.See note above.

2.Click the Cam-Shaft Mechanism name-tab

3.Spin the View to see all five elements you need to do Add 3D-Cam.


STEP 2: Do Add 3D-Cam  


1.Click Machine-elements toolbar > Add 3D-Cam

The Command-Manager starts.

The Command-Manager shows five boxes for five elements.

Red-14-1b Cam-Follower Part

Red-14-2 Cam-Roller Profile

Red-14-3 Cam-Shaft Part

Red-14-4 Cam-Blank Profile

Red-14-5 Rotational-Axis Line

2.Click the elements in order : 1 – 5



3.Click OK-tiny-11-15 in the Command-Manager




MechDesigner draws the 3D-Cam as a tube. The Cam-Follower's flanks are always 'inside' the tube. The 3D-Cam is the negative of the actual Cam.

Next, we edit the setting of the 3D-Cam.

See Step 6C1.3 Edit 3D-Cam, Save as STEP, Export to SolidWorks