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Hi all, I have two discs about 30" in diameter. The bottom one is fixed (no rotation or other movement). The top one is suspended about 3" above the bottom one with a PIN constraint and rotates around the common center of both discs.
A PIN is used because the top disk must raise and lower during rotation. There is a door type hinge fixed underneath the top disk, close to the circumference of the disk with the other wing set at an angle of about 45 degrees from the fastened wing. On the bottom edge of the hinge is a point which is constrained to a curve near to the outer edge of the bottom disk with a SLOT constraint (point on a line). The top disk rotates and carries the hinge around. At a certain place around the curve, I need for the angle of the hinge to change to about 135 degrees (open the hinge more). I placed a point along the curve and intended to use relations to change the angle of the hinge when the point on the hinge aligned with the point on the curve. But the relations doesn't seem to recognise points or datumns etc. I tried to do this using the angle between two datum planes but because of the PIN constraint this wouldn't work. I also tried using ROTATION AXIS on the PIN and although it shows current angle, I can't get the component I.D. for the angle text. Can someone please offer a solution. I am using WF3. Thanks Peter
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On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 4:08:14 PM UTC-4, Peter wrote:

I am posting this again because a couple of things were missed from the original above. Hi all, I have two discs about 30" in diameter. The bottom one is fixed (no rotation or other movement). The top one is suspended about 3" above the bottom one with a PIN constraint and rotates around the common center of both discs. A PIN is used because the top disk must raise and lower during rotation. There is a door type hinge fixed underneath the top disk, close to the circumference of the disk with the other wing set at an angle of about 45 degrees from the fastened wing. On the bottom edge of the hinge is a point which is constrained to a curve near to the outer edge of the bottom disk with a SLOT constraint (point on a line). The top disk rotates slowly and carries the hinge around. At a certain place around the curve, I need for the angle of the hinge to change to about 135 degrees (open the hinge more) while it is rotating. Then it continues to the next angle change of the hinge. I placed a point along the curve and intended to use relations to change the angle of the hinge when the point on the hinge aligned with the point on the curve. But the RELATIONS doesn't seem to recognise points or datumns etc. I tried to do this using the angle between two datum planes but because of the PIN constraint this wouldn't work. I also tried using ROTATION AXIS on the PIN and although it shows the current angle, I can't get the component I.D. for the angle text. Can someone please offer a solution. I am using WF3. Thanks Peter
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On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 4:08:14 PM UTC-4, Peter wrote:

"How do I get PRO E to give me the internal ID of an angle that changes as it rotates (as with a pin or cylinder constraint), so that I can use it in a RELATION to change a dimension on a sub assembly, when it reaches a predetermined angle." To explain further:- I have two discs about 30" in diameter. The bottom one is fixed (no rotation or other movement). The top one is suspended about 3" above the bottom one with a PIN constraint and rotates around the common center of both discs. A PIN is used because the top disk must raise and lower during rotation. There is a door type hinge fixed by one wing underneath the top disk, close to the circumference of the disk. The wings of the hinge are open by an angle of about 45 degrees from the fastened wing. The top disk rotates slowly (by hand) and carries the hinge around. At a certain place around the curve, I need for the angle of the hinge to change automatically to about 135 degrees (open the hinge more) while it is rotating. Then it continues to the next angle change of the hinge. I tried using ROTATION AXIS on the PIN and although it shows current angle, I can't get the component I.D. for the angle text. Can someone please offer a solution. I am using WF3. Thanks Peter
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