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Understanding Connection Theory

A mechanical connection is a method of constraining components to form a joint. Joint connections determine how a component can move within an assembly.
• Create mechanism connections that enable motion between components in an assembly.
• Joint connection examples:
– Slider
– Pin
– Cylinder

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Figure 1 – Assembly with Connections
Understanding Connection Theory
A mechanical connection is a method of constraining components to form a joint. Joint connection examples include Sliders, Pins, and Cylinders.
Creating a Joint connection is similar to creating Assembly constraints between components. Joint connections enable you to create true-to-life connections between components so you can simulate motion between moving parts. For example, you can create a slider joint between an engine cylinder and the piston head to enable the piston head to translate within the cylinder.
Creating Connections
The procedure to create a Joint constraint is similar to the procedure to create constraints between fixed assembled components. Perform the following steps to create a Joint constraint:
• Assemble a component into the assembly.
• Click the Connections list in the dashboard.
• Select the connection type.
• Select the appropriate references.
You can click Constraints To Connections existing constraints to connections.

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