The next relationship that needs to be built is one between the cam Follower Roller and the cam component. The Follower Roller needs to contact the cam.
Retaining degrees of freedom
The Follower Roller is a symmetrical part and, by default, dynamic simulation attempts to reduce symmetrical component movement. Why? An example will help.
Consider a wheel assembly. You have a tire mounted to a rim. That assembly is attached to the vehicle with lug nuts.The function of a lug nut, for simulation purposes, isn’t to revolve around its axis; it is to constrain the assembly to the vehicle. Because the lug nut is a symmetrical component, the rotational degree of freedom (DOF) is automatically removed. This simplifies the model for simulation purposes. If you want to retain the lug nut’s rotational DOF, you can do so using the Retain DOF command. The same is true in reverse. That is, you can use Ignore DOF to restrict the degrees of freedom of a component.
To ensure that the Follower Roller contacts the cam while also keeping its degree of freedom:
The roller retains its motion characteristics. Now, we need to make sure the roller contacts the cam.
Before going any further, we will modify the properties of the 2D contact and display the force vector.