Joint allowing one translational degree of freedom along a given axis
A prismatic joint, sometimes called a slider or translational joint, is shown in the diagram below with the two bodies that it connects. A prismatic joint allows a single relative translation of the two connected frames; this joint prevents all of the other relative motions of the two frames. In the diagram below, the joint displacement, s, represents the relative translation of the end frame, x2y2z2, with respect to the start frame, x1y1z1. In this example, both x1 and x2 remain parallel to the joint axis during the motion of the two bodies.
The following figure shows how the prismatic joint is represented in the 3-D Workspace and the 3-D Playback Window.
Joint inboard frame
Joint outboard frame
Inertial reference frame for 1-D translational components
Translation of joint. Connects to 1-D translational components
Axis along which the joint allows translational motion, expressed in the inboard frame
Unstretched length of the translational spring
Indicates whether MapleSim ignores, tries to enforce, or strictly enforces the translational initial conditions
Initial displacement of the joint at the start of the simulation, expressed along the e^1axis
Initial velocity of the joint at the start of the simulation, expressed along the e^1axis
Joints and Motions
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