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Animation of involute gears.

Question asked by Joppe Mulckhuyse on Sep 22, 2016

Hello All,


I want to make an animation of a big assembly. The main challenge is constraining two involute gear segments. The gear mate at mechanical mates results not to a fully defined assembly. So sometimes the model suddenly shifts resulting to incorrect alignment of the teeth. Therefore, I used a sketch to align both gear segments. This is controlled by a global variable. However, I cannot control that global variable from the animation menu. So I am a kind of stuck right now.


I attached two simplified gears and assemblies using the gear mate and the global variable. In the video you see that the animation works using the gear mate but when the complexity of the assembly increases errors and misalignments occur.


Do you guys have any suggestions how to tackle this?