Cams and Cam-Followers

Please do tutorials 1,2,3,5 before these tutorials.


In machines, in general terms, the motion of a Cam impart a motion to a Cam-Follower.is in continuous contact with a Cam-Profile to

Usually, the cam and cam-follower move. The cam usually has a simple motion and the cam-follower a more complex motion. However, it is also possible that the cam or the cam-follower is stationary.

Packaging Machine with Cams. Courtesy of Lareka NL

Example of cams in a protected enclosure with forced oil feed, typical of a packaging machine.


As you design cams, you may notice a difference between MechDesigner and other software. New users are often confused: 'Why does the model not yet include a cam?'. You will see that, in MechDesigner, you add the cam when your design is almost complete, and not when you start your design.

Objective of these Tutorials:

To learn how to Add 2D-Cam.
Add different cam types.
To improve your modelling skills.

Icon-Add2DCam 2D-Cams and 3D-Cams

6B: 2D-Cams – A Labelling Machine. A Design Study –  You need good motion design skills!

Tutorials and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 14.2 + © Machine, Cam, Mechanism, and Motion Design Software by PSMotion Ltd