Saturday, December 14, 2013

Autodesk Inventor Dynamic Simulation Tutorial--‘Cam and Follower’ (with caption and audio narration).

Cam and Follower-Dynamic Simulation

Serial No. 183

Autodesk Inventor Dynamic Simulation Tutorial--‘Cam and Follower’ (with caption and audio narration).
In this video, we will demonstrate how to apply the different type of mates in the assembly environment for creating the Dynamic Simulation of the ‘Cam and Follower’. 


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Transcription of Video

Display of motion in ‘Cam and Follower’ through Dynamic Simulation

  1. Click the New icon under the Work tab in the Welcome Screen of Autodesk Inventor Professional 2013.
  2. Select Metric Template in the Create New File Dialogue Box.
  3. Create a Standard (mm).iam Assembly file.
  4. Save it with the name ‘Cam and Follower-Dynamic Simulation’.
  5. Select Place component from the marking menu and place the ‘Cam’ in the Assembly.
  6. Align the Cam in correct position by using View Cube.
  7. Set the current view as Home View by using the toggle next to View Cube.
  8. Select the Cam in the design window and remove its ‘Grounded’ position from the context menu.
  9. Click the Degrees of Freedom icon in the Visibility Panel of View Tab.
  10. At present there are six Degrees of Freedom in Cam and it can be moved in any direction in the Assembly.
  11. Apply an Axis Mate between the Z Axis of Assembly and Z Axis of Cam.
  12. Apply a Flush Mate between the XY Plane of Assembly and upper most front face (Red coloured) of Cam.
  13. Now this time only one ‘Degrees of Freedom’ persist and Cam can be moved only on its Z Axis.
  14. Place the ‘Follower’ in the Assembly.
  15. Re-orient the Follower against the Cam using Rotate Component Tool.
  16. Apply a Flush Mate between the upper most front face (Red coloured) of Cam and face of small pulley (Black coloured) of Follower.
  17. Apply a Mate Constraint between YZ Plane of Assembly and YZ Plane of Follower.
  18. Activate the Dynamic Simulation Tool from the Begin Panel of Environments Tab.
  19. Click the view Tab and change the View of the model to ‘Shaded with Edges’ in the Visual Style drop down.
  20. Activate Insert Joint from the Marking menu.
  21. Select ‘Sliding: Cylinder Curve’ from the drop down menu of Insert Joint dialog box.
  22. Select the outer edge of Cam in ‘Curve’ selection option and select circular edge of small pulley of Follower in ‘Cylinder’ selection option.
  23. Click OK.
  24. Select Revolution:1 joint in the Browser under the Standard Joints folder, right click and select Properties from the context menu.
  25. Click dof 1 (R) tab and select Edit imposed motion button and check the Enable imposed motion option.
  26. Click the arrow to expand the input choices, and click Constant Value.
  27. Enter the value 360*2 deg/s and click Ok.
  28. In Simulation Player fill the value 400 in the Images field area.
  29. Clear the screen by activating the Clean Screen command.
  30. Click Run in the Simulation Player to display motion in Cam and Follower.