your assembly. If you create springs in part mode, you will have nice models to use for bill of materials, but these springscan’t dynamically update as your parts move. Therefore, PTC created the ability to model springs in yourassembly that are representative of the models, but are dynamic. For BOM purposes, you will still want to model your springs, but suppress them before running yourmechanism analysis, or they might affect your results. There are two different types of springs you can create in mechanism mode. These are:
– The spring definition is associated with a created connection, such as a pin connection,or a slider, etc. The physical representation of the spring does not appear in the model.
– This method creates a spring between two vertices or datum points in the model. Aphysical representation of the spring appears in the distance between the points/vertices. Springs work off of the basic equation for force (F):
F = k ( x – U )
is a spring stiffness,
is the current location of the spring, and
is the unstretched/uncompressedlength of the spring. When defining a
spring, the unstretched location is assumed to be at the defined joint axis zerolocation. “X” is then measured away from this location. When you are working in a defined space betweentwo objects, it is often better to use
spring, because the distance “x” is measured betweenthe two points, and “U” is merely specified. For this training guide, we are going to concentrate on creating
springs, as they are probablymore common. Therefore, open up the assembly called
, which looks like the following.We will start by going to
. When we do this, we can see that we currently have acam follower created between the green roller and the orange cam part, as shown in the next figure.
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