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How to create a simple conveyor assembly with moving parts

Question asked by David Brown on Jan 29, 2014
Latest reply on Jan 31, 2014 by Peter Ham

Hello, first I'd like to say thanks for any help. I am new to assemblies as I only work in design. I am trying to simulate a conveyor with moving parts. Basically a conveyor belt with as swinging arm that diverts traffic. A problem I might have is that I created all the parts of the assembly in one part and it appears that an assembly wants me to compile individual parts. Hopefully that makes sense. If that isn't a problem, the next thing I need to do is figure out how to fix parts by an axis or points and have them animate so I can determine the dimensions of the swinging arm. Some general direction would be helpful or perhaps a related tutorial. I've looked in the forum for this but all the posts I've seen are way more advanced than what I am trying to do.


I've attached a rough model of the conveyor and picture of the diverting arm I made (which is controlled by a linear actuator)