I've searched around a bit with no luck thus far. Hopefully this is an easy question.
I'm analyzing a mechanism similar to a universal joint with an output shaft angle that differs from the input shaft angle. My current goal is to plot input angle vs. output angle.
I see angular velocity as a measure in mechanism, but not angular position / rotation. I've set up a user defined measure for angular position based on x displacement & some simple trig, but this obviously isn't accurate once you change quadrants. I could set up a more elaborate user defined measure to account for this, but it seems like there might be a better/easier method for angular position measurement in mechanism?
Thanks in advance.
A position measure should be available in deg or radians if the joint has an angular DOF defined. I don't have access to a Mechanism license currently but I have in the past plotted measures in a mechanism using the input crank position as the X axis on a graph for analysis. I was able to plot different measures as a function of the crankshaft position.
On your output shaft is there a connection defined with an angular DOF?
Thanks for the reply @tbraxton .
No, there is not. That's the basis of my issue. Due to the mechanism design, the output also translates slightly, so I can't strictly fix is as a rotational axis. I do see you can define an angular position measurement if you define a fixed rotational axis. I have no problem measuring the input angle... just the output.
I have a coordinate system defined that translates with the output shaft (that I want to measure rotation relative to). I can measure x and y coordinates relative to this translating coordinate system. If something like the atan2 function was available I could easily make a user defined measurement. I guess I could export the coordinates to excel and use the atan2 function.
If you have two Csys that you want to track relative position of have you considered using the transform matrix measurement function? This would provide the rotation angles (implicitly) of the output shaft relative to your selected reference csys.
Review this for reference:
Maybe I'm missing something, but I think that method would only work for discrete points? I was hoping to run the mechanism analysis and output a plot of input angle vs. output angle for the 0-360° range (w/out manually measuring at each discrete point).
I completely forgot about the atan2 function in some programming languages. If this was available in the 'user defined' measurements it would easily solve this problem.
There is an atan2 function available in Creo relations. Hopefully that means its available to you for your calculations. If it were me, though, given past weird Creo angular math problems, I'd test it out with a bunch of values in all the quadrants to ensure I'd get the right values (i.e. not -90 degrees, but 270 degrees, etc.) Trig functions in programming languages are always such a pain. Converting from degrees to radians and such.