Chapter 12. Cams

Chapter Objectives

Learn how to draw cams using SolidWorks

Learn how to draw displacement diagrams

Understand the relationship between cams and followers

12-1 Introduction

Cams are mechanical devices used to translate rotary motion into linear motion. Traditionally, cam profiles are designed by first defining a displacement diagram and then transferring the displacement diagram information to a base circle. Figure 12-1 shows a cam and a displacement diagram.


Figure 12-1

12-2 Base Circle

Cam profiles are defined starting with a base circle. The diameter of the base circle will vary according to the design situation. ...

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