Add the Stationary Cam

tog_minusPreparation 2C: Add the Rocker


We will not design the tool. We will only add the Rocker to the sliding-part.

STEP 1: Edit the sliding-part
STEP 2: Add a vertical Line

See the image to the left.



STEP 3: Add a Part
STEP 4: Add a Pin-Joint

See the image to the left


STEP 5: Add a Motion-Dimension FB so that the Part is now a Rocker
STEP 6: The angle of the Rocker relative to the vertical Line is 135º.
STEP 7: Rename this Part to Follower.

We now want to synchronize the Motion of the Follower with the Motion of the sliding-Part.


We want a Slot Cam to rotate the Cam-Follower.

We must add a  sketch and Profile to represent the Cam-Roller Follower

STEP 8: Edit the Rocker, renamed as Follower.
STEP 9: Add a Line and Circle, as indicate to the left.
STEP 10: Close the Part-Editor
STEP 11: Add a Profile. Use the Circle.

We can rename the Circle Profile to Cam-Roller Follower.

Plan the motion for the Slot Cam

First: What do we want the Stationary Cam to look like?


The image to the left shows the design we want. It has a Slot CamRed-14-1b. To remind us, ....

... the Angle of the Rocker is a function of the motion of the Sliding-Part, NOT the MMA.

What is the difference between Design 1, 6D1, and this Design 2, 6D2?

Design 1: We can get the motion of the Sliding-Part directly. Its motion is the output from the Motion-Dimension FB.

Design 2: We do not know the motion of the Sliding-Part directly. The Sliding-Part is one Part in an R-R-P Dyad.

Note: the Motion of a Part includes its Position, Velocity, and Acceleration motion-values.

6D2-1-020This is the Motion for the Rocker that we have prepared.

Q: How can we get the motion of the sliding-part?


Use a Measurement FB to measure the position (and motion) of the sliding-part


Use a Point-Data FB to give the position (and motion) of the sliding-part relative to the origin of the Base-Part.

tog_minusMethod 1: Add a Measurement FB

A Measurement FB measures the distance between sketch-elements

In this case, we will measure the distance from a stationary sketch-element in the Base-Part to a moving sketch-element in the sliding-part.


STEP 1: Add a sketch-element to the Base-Part
1.Edit the Base-Part
2.Part-Editor: Add a vertical LineRed-14-1b
3.Exit the Part-Editor



STEP 2: Add a Line to the sliding-partRed-14-2:
1.Edit the sliding-part
2.Part-Editor: Add a vertical Line

The Line is vertical, from the start-Point of the sliding-part.

3.Close the Part-Editor



STEP 3: Add a Measurement FB to measure the perpendicular distance between the two LinesRed-14-3Red-14-4
1.Click Kinematic FB toolbar > Add Measurement FB
2.Mechanism-Editor: Click the PointRed-14-3 at the top of the Line in the Sliding-Part.
3.Mechanism-Editor: Click the LineRed-14-4 in the Base-Part
4.Mechanism-Editor: Click the graphic-area
5.Run toolbar > Cycle (or ALT+C)

The two Lines should not move past each other as you cycle the model. If they do, move the Line in the Base-Part more to the left.


STEP 4: Add a Graph FB to find the range of the motion.
1.Click Kinematic FB toolbar > Add Graph FB  | then click the Graphic-Area.
2.Mechanism-Editor: Connect a wire from the Measurement FB to a Y-input of the Graph FB

The Measurement range in my model is: Minimum = 20.000mm; Maximum = 221.44mm

You can see the Maximum and Minimum values if you open the Graph Settings from the Graph FB.

Graph Settings dialogs > Y-axis | Minimum and Maximum values.


STEP 5: Add a Motion FB
1.Click Kinematic FB toolbar > Add Motion FB | then click the graphic-area.
2.Edit the Motion FB to open the Motion FB dialog-box
3.Click the Select-Motion drop-down arrow and select the Rocker motion in MotionDesigner
4.Close the Motion FB dialog-box
5.Connect a wire from the output-connector of the Measurement FB to the Motion FB.

In the image, the Red lines/arrows indicate the range of output from the Measurement FB (20 up to 220 down to 20). This is also the input, or X-axis, to the Motion FB. Thus, the output from the Motion FB is limited to those values in Blue on the Y-axis.


STEP 6: Connect the Function-Blocks
1.Connect a wire from the output-connector of the Motion FB to the input-connector of the Motion-Dimension FB (Rocker).

Note: The motion-units from the Measurement FB are NOT important. It is the number value provided to the Motion FB that are important.

STEP 7: Add the 2D-Cam
1.Click Machine elements toolbar > Add 2D-Cam
2.Click the Base-Part
3.Click the Follower Roller

MechDesigner adds the 2D-Cam to the Base-Part / Machine Frame.


If the X-axis motion of the Slot Cam has a range greater than 360 units, then edit the motion in MotionDesigner to increase the X-axis to be greater than 360. Remember, the units of the Motion FB X-axis are dimensionless.
It is best to make sure the Measurement FB does not output a negative value.
You can use a Gearing FB to 'scale' or 'shift' the output of the Measurement FB to suit the motion and the requirements of the Stationary Cam.

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