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Minimum possible distance between parts

Question asked by Asa Eckert-Erdheim on Feb 1, 2017
Latest reply on Feb 2, 2017 by Asa Eckert-Erdheim

Is there a way to have SolidWorks mate two surfaces to their minimum achievable distance given other constraints? General summary is:

 

I have a shaft that is free to rotate. At some point in its rotation, a fastener on that shaft comes close to hitting another part. So far, I've rotated the parts manually and measured the minimum distance to ensure they clear, but am attempting to find the actual minimum distance. Is there a reasonable way to do this?

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