Dialog: Configure Power Source

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Dialog: Configure Power Source

Configure Power Source

Use Configure Power Source to make sure each Motion-Dimension (and degree-of-freedom) receives its Power from the correct element.

When we Configure the Power-Source correctly, the Load Inertia is referred to the correct element and the Application-Load is calculated correctly. Additionally, for 2D-Cams, the Contact-Force and Maximum Shear-Stress show correctly.


For example:

We design and specify the motion at a sliding Tool-Part with a Motion-Dimension and Slider. We add a mechanism (RRR dyad). One of the two Parts in the RRR dyad is a Follower-Part, with a Roller.

The default Power-Source in the model is the Motion-Dimension at the Slider, which is the Tool-Part.

However, the actual Power-Source to drive the Follower-Roller is a rotating 2D-Cam.

Thus, you must Configure the Power-Source to select the 2D-Cam as the Power-Source for the Tool-Part.


Power-Source elements can be:

Pin-Joint - we calculate the Application-Load and we can also size a Motor and Gearbox - see Gearbox and Servo-Sizing.

Slide-Joint - we calculate the Application-Load for a Linear-Motor.  

2D-Cam - we calculate the Contact-Force, the Cam-Life, and the Roller-Life - see 2D-Cam dialog-box

Conjugate Cams - we calculate the Contact-Force between at least 2 x 2D-Cams, the Cam-Life, and the Roller-Life

Springs - we calculate the Application-Load for a Linear-Motor.


How to open the Configure Power Source dialog-box

Configure-Power-Source in the Kinematics-Tree

Configure-Power-Source in the Kinematics-Tree

Kinematics-Tree:

1.Kinematics-Tree: Click a kinematically-defined Kinematic-ChainRed-14-1

Make sure it is selected - the  Kinematic-Chain  should be Blue.

2.Kinematics-Tree: Right-Click the same Kinematic-Chain  

3.Kinematics-Tree: Click Configure Power SourceRed-14-2 in the contextual-menu

The Configure Power Source dialog-box is now open.

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Forces toolbar:

1.Kinematics-Tree: Click a kinematically-defined Kinematic-ChainRed-14-1

2.Mechanism-Editor: Click Force toolbar > Configure Power SourceRed-14-2

The Configure Power Source dialog-box is now open.


Configure Power Source dialog-box

You must Configure Power Source for each Kinematic-Chain.

There are two tabs in the dialog-box:

tog_minusPower Source tab
tog_minusDisplay Colors tab