i get this error when trying to apply a cam mate. the mate isnt made entirely of circles, so idk if that has anything to do with it being both straight lines and curves, but yeah. any help is great, thank you.
In looking closer (it's hard to zoom in close enough to tell), I don't think that is the problem.
Your follower on the switch isn't a uniform cylinder. It looks like where it touches the supporting arms the chamfer is not carried around. So the highlighted brown surface isn't a cylinder. It is a cylinder with an ear extending out each end.
Try fixing that to be accurate assuming the wheel is a separate piece that is chamfered all the way around before assembly.
Are all the surfaces tangent to each other? Could perhaps attach that Cam path component itself?
Just to check
Where the circles connect can you add a fillet, if you can then the circles were not tangent
those are tangent, as are all the lines on the cam. i had to fillet 2 edges, but its still giving me the error.
The curve at the front face could be the issue. The surfaces need to be continuous along the axis. Under John's highlighted region, on the left edge the top line curves down, indicating this is not a simple extrusion. (hence the note about not being a single continuous extrusion) (or it could just be the way the shades of green merge that make it look this way, in which case just ignore me ;-)
You could make a simple surface body based on an extrusion of the perimeter and mate to that instead.
is there a layman's explanation for that?
got it, thanks
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