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ASchlaack
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Chain Drive Animation

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07-02-2014 11:28 AM

I'm modeling out a steel belt conveyence system and need to aminate it. Steel belted conveyers are ran by sprockets and chain links built into the belt. Can I animate it to actually move? All I can find online thus far are ways to make it appear like it's moving but I need it to actually be able to move as if it were real.

 

This video is an example of what I mean by only being able to find ways to make it appear it's fully moving:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMxqJDYzbAM

 

Thanks,

Aaron

Thanks,
Aaron Schlaack
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Hi Aaron,

 

Sorry for chipping a bit late, Youtube has a lot of tips for animating tracks, but as stated previously, it would make you system Very slow.

But if you want to have a go at making an animation, here’s a quick example of one method (there will be lots of others to try) of how to set a track to follow the path tangentially along the desired path. The sprockets wasn’t added but that should be the easier part ;o)

 

Hope this helps

Cheers

Mark

Inventor 2014

 

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Morning Aaron,

 

Just click on the lower right icon on the screen, this will open up the "Action Editor".

 

Go through the Autodesk tutorials to get to know your way around the software, as some of

the techniques used in this assembly are not hard to understand but you could easily "get a bit lost"

in the "whys" and "hows" of the general setup parameters.

 

Hope this helps

Cheers

Mark

 

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JDMather
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Re: Chain Drive Animation

07-02-2014 11:40 AM in reply to: ASchlaack

ASchlaack wrote:

... I need it to actually be able to move as if it were real.

 

Thanks,

Aaron


If  you have Inventor Professional - you could probably do this in Environments>Dynamic Simulation, but things could really bog down if you have too many moving components.

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Re: Chain Drive Animation

07-02-2014 11:53 AM in reply to: JDMather

Is there other ways besides with Dynamic Solutions? I don't need to to include gravity or load forces, I literally just need all of the links to rotate fully around a few sprockets.

 

In the video I attached is me using what I wasn't wanting to use. And that would be having it rotate the equivalent of 1 link distance then jumping back to the starting point and repeating that.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lwyi8xvh591a1sd/2_GEAR.wmv

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Re: Chain Drive Animation

07-02-2014 12:07 PM in reply to: ASchlaack
Why?
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Re: Chain Drive Animation

07-02-2014 12:13 PM in reply to: ASchlaack

Then only way I know to have parts really go around a path is with Dynamic Simulation.

 

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Re: Chain Drive Animation

07-02-2014 12:14 PM in reply to: mrattray

Mike, why what?

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Re: Chain Drive Animation

07-02-2014 12:16 PM in reply to: JDMather

JDMather, thank you. And assuming that is your file, could you possibly allow me to get a copy of it to look at?

 

Again, thanks you.

Aaron

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Re: Chain Drive Animation

07-02-2014 12:19 PM in reply to: ASchlaack
Why would you need to animate a steel hinged belt in a "non-fake" manner?
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Re: Chain Drive Animation

07-02-2014 12:21 PM in reply to: mrattray

The company I work for wants to test certain things out that would require me to fully animate this drawing.

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Re: Chain Drive Animation

07-02-2014 12:23 PM in reply to: ASchlaack

Then you'll have to use DS as JD suggested.

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