Dialog: Configure Power Source

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Dialog: Configure Power Source

Configure Power Source

Each degree-of-freedom in a kinematic-chain must have a Power-Source. The default Power-Source is a motor at the Motion-Part.

However, frequently, the Power-Source is a not a Motion-Part. For example, it is a 2D-Cam that drives a Cam-Follower and its kinematic-chain.

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

When the Power-Source for each kinematic-chain is correct, the Application-Load and the force at each joint is correct.

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

There are three(3) methods to open the Configure Power-Source dialog-box

TAG-Down        METHOD 1

TAG-Down        METHOD 2

TAG-Down        METHOD 3

The Configure Power Source dialog-box is now open.

Configure Power Source dialog-box

You must Configure the Power Source for each Kinematic-Chain.

There are two tabs in the dialog-box:

tog_minusPower Source tab
tog_minusDisplay Colors tab