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Description

A Swashplate is essentially a disc mounted on a rotating shaft at an angle such that it can transfer reciprocating motion to a follower which is constrained to slide parallel to the same shaft.


Features and Appications

Swashplates may be regarded as a simple form of Cylindrical Cam.



Note: They can be modelled, in wooden mechanical toys for example, by gluing a Ply or MDF disc at an angle on to a rotating Dowel - or by simply cutting the end of a larger diameter Dowel at an angle.


Animation
Swashplate - note that, in this example, the follower rotates during Reciprocation because of its angled flat contact with the tilted plate.


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