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How can I create a gear mate that only activates when the gears are engaged?

Question asked by Mark Lamountain on Mar 13, 2016
Latest reply on Mar 14, 2016 by Glenn Schroeder

Howdy. New to SolidWorks, wondering if there is a way to make it so the gears on this can opener only activate when they are engaged. I am able to do a gear mate so they turn at the same rate, but the problem is that they turn even when they are not touching. I am thinking there must be some way to activate the gear mate only when the angle between the two handles are zero degrees or something, but I can't find anything like that. Any ideas? Thanks.

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