Preventing Rotation in Concentric Mates [VIDEO]

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated February 10, 2014


With this new SolidWorks 2014 feature you can now prevent the rotation of components that are mated with concentric mates by selecting the lock rotation option. Locked concentric mates are indicated by an icon in the FeatureManager design tree.

This should effectively reduce the number of mates required for may components.

Take a peek at the video below to see the lock rotation option in action.

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.