Objective of this Tutorial

The objective of this step is to add a 2D-Cam. It is easy!

Summary of this Step

In this Step, we use Add 2D-Cam.

After the 2D-Cam is in the graphic-area, we open the 2D-Cam Properties and Display dialog-box to review its display options.

* The Internal and External Cam is referred to as Cam 1 and Cam 2.


Tutorial 6A-6

tog_minus        Add the 2D-Cam


STEP 1: Click Add 2D-Cam in the Machine-elements toolbar
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Add menu > Mechanism sub-menu > Add 2D-Cam


STEP 4: Click the elements in the selection-boxes of the Command-Manager - from top to bottom:
a) Select a Part for the 2D-Cam

Select the Part-Outline1s-red of the Part that is the 'cam-shaft'. See Step 6A.5.


STEP 2: continued...
b) Select a Profile to be the Cam-Follower:

Select the Circle2s that is the shape of the 'Cam-Follower'. See Step 6A.4.




STEP 3: Click 'OK' in the Command-Manager:


MechDesigner draws two 2D-Cams in the graphic-area.

Cam 11s-red – may be the External or the Internal 2D-Cam
Cam 22s – may be the External or the Internal 2D-Cam
STEP 4: Cycle the Machine

Short-cut for 'Cycle' or 'Run continuously' is 'C' on your keyboard.

You will see the 2D-Cam rotate. The Cam-Follower is in continuous contact with it.

Note: If the Cam-Follower is not in contact with the Cam, then rebuild the model. Click, two times, the Auto-Update tool [Traffic-Lights' icon in the Edit toolbar

tog_minus        The 2D-Cam Properties and Display dialog box

The 2D-Cam Properties and Display dialog-box has a number of parameters.

In this tutorial, we use the 2D-Cam Properties and Display dialog-box to hide one of the cam-tracks.


STEP 1: Double-click a 2D-Cam in the graphic-area
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Double-click the 2D-Cam in the Assembly-Tree.
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1: Click the 2D-Cam one time in the graphic-area or the Assembly-Tree
2: Right-Click the 2D-Cam in the Selection-Window
3: Click 'Edit element...' in the Contextual-menu.


The 2D-Cam Properties and Display Options dialog-box opens.

STEP 2: Click the Cam Visibilities separator

Cam 1, Pitch-Path and Cam 2 each have a check box

Click the check box to show or hide each one in the graphic-area.

You can click one, two or all three check boxes.

You must click a minimum of one check box.

STEP 3: Click Cam 1, Cam 2 or Pitch-Curve, or all three, to hide or show a Cam or Pitch-Curve

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