I'm having troubling constraining this simple static analysis (see attached image). The sheet metal acting as a latch is fixed to ground (door assy) at one end, a force is applied downward in the middle bending the metal strip, and because of the lengthened path retracts the latch at the other end. I constrained the right side (the sliding side) with a planar constraint. The simulation runs, but no translation of the side that should slide occurs. The material only deforms under the button. I think I may know what the problem is but don't know a work-around. My thought is that the planar constraint over constrains what would happen in the real world. Some of the metal strip has to be pulled downward under the button, but at the start of the simulation this material is part of the surface with the planar constraint. Surely, this type of problem in common is simulation, but for me this is a new one. Anyone have any suggestions?
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