I have SW Professional with Simulation. I have not needed to learn it or use it up till now. So having zero training in Simulation or Motion studies I am asking if it is possible to do a study on a barrel cam assembly? I rather not put time into it only to find out it is not possible. If it's possible to do can anyone recommend some online video's that would at least get me somewhat of a starting point. I can check with my VAR and see if there is any upcoming Simulation classes but more than likely my employer wont go for it and I will be expected to just push a few buttons and voila, it will appear! Ya know because that's what CAD is and anyone can do it.

To the extent Solidworks Motion can help, I think it's well well described in the article at https://www.engineersrule.com/motion-studies-and-how-to-do-them/ . I'm building a cam driven engine and found no tools that do what I need. I thus constructed an Excel workbook to do the heavy lifting.

My Excel workbook constructs the cam profile by specifying the required displacement at selected angles. I then use a FlexSpline from Data Curve Fit Creator to create the profile. Next, I convert the profile to XY coordinates and calculate Velocity, Acceleration, and Jerk profiles which I review for suitability. I convert motion to acceleration force by incorporating unit mass from the Solidworks mechanical design then add force representing springs and, in my case, gas pressures associated with compression and combustion. I wrote VBA array functions to extract minimum radius at every point on the cam profile as well as contact angle of a follower having the minimum overall radius of the cam. From this I calculate the normal force on the cam faces then calculate contact force using standard 2D Hertzian contact calculations. Finally, I use the maximum contact force combined radius, contact length, and material to determine Von Mises stress at the most heavily loaded point in the cam profile. With all this in place, I am able to adjust a only a few angles and displacements and evaluate Von Mises stress safety factor to determine whether the cam will work.

I would have been relieved to find an easier way to design a heavily loaded cam and will watch this thread with hopeful eyes.