A device for converting regular rotary motion to irregular rotary or reciprocating motion. Sometimes the effect of off-centre lathe operations or the cam in an engine used to operate valves.
A simple animation showing the cam rotating with the follower and rod moving in a vertical motion.
The amount of time a camshaft causes the valve to operate, from ′beginning to open′ to ′fully closing′.
The distance a camshaft causes the valve to open.