SAM is equipped with a large library of basic elements, including:
- beam, slider
- belt, gear
- spring, damper and friction element (both translational and rotational)
- non-linear spring
which allows the analysis of a huge variety of mechanisms. The unique mathematical foundation of the program offers a large number of features and overcomes many of the problems of traditional mechanism programs. Open loop, closed loop and even multiple loop mechanisms are treated in the same way and even the most complex mechanisms, including planetary gear trains, can be modeled within minutes.