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About Surface Constraints
Using surface constraints, you can fix the movement of a planar, cylindrical, or spherical surface in a particular direction, while allowing free movement in the other directions. The following surface constraints are available for 3D models:
Planar Constraint—Enables full planar movement for planar surfaces, but restricts off-plane displacement.
Pin Constraint—Controls the translation or rotation about the axis of only a cylindrical surface. It is particularly useful when a surface must move in one or more directions, but must be fixed in the remaining directions—for example, a piston that slides within a cylinder, but remains fixed to the inner cylinder wall and does not rotate.
Ball Constraint—Represents a ball joint where the translation is fixed and the rotation is free.