Step 2.9: Model a 'Pin in a Curved Slot'

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Step 2.9: Model a 'Pin in a Curved Slot'

Pin in a Curved-Slot

Curved Slot Cam-backCurved Slot Cam-forward

A Pin-in-a-Curved-Slot is frequently used in a mechanism to 'change-over' between product sizes.

Why is the slot 'curved'?

At the 'Back Position', the image to the left, we make an adjustment by moving the Pin-Joint along the curved slot from Red-14-1b to Red-14-2

As you move the Pin along the curved slot from Red-14-1b to Red-14-2, the tool moves to the left, from Red-14-3 to Red-14-4 .

At the 'Forward Position', the image to the right, you can see that the same adjustment does not change the position of the tool.

Therefore, when you make an adjustment from Red-14-1b to Red-14-2, you can increase the length of the stroke, but one end of the stroke does not change.

How does this work? What is the radius of the Curved Slot? Where is the Curved Slot in the Orange Part?

Select a Pivot Point for the connecting-link in the Tool. Move the slider to the 'Design Position'. This is where you do not want the Tool to move.

Move the lever with the Curved-Slot to the 'Design Position' , and draw an Arc in it, with its center at the Pivot-Point in the tool

Make the connecting link equal to the radius of the arc

If you need to know how to model this configuration in MechDesigner, it is really quite easy. Please email.