Chapter 12. Cams
• Learn how to draw cams using SolidWorks
• Learn how to draw displacement diagrams
• Understand the relationship between cams and followers
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.
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. ...