SOLIDWORKS 2016 Mate Controller makes Animation easy [VIDEO]

Article by Rod Mackay updated September 26, 2015


Creating animations in SOLIDWORKS 2016 is now much easier with the new Mate Controller. The controller lets you manipulate specific mates that control degrees of freedom for a design. You can save and recall saved positions and mate values, and create animations based on the saved positions.

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Mate Controller

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Mate Controller

On of the big advantages with the Mate Controller is the ability to show and save the positions of assembly components at various mate values and degrees of freedom without using configurations for each position. The SOLIDWORKS 2016 Mate Controller is also integrated with Motion Studies, so you can create animations based on the positions you define with the Mate Controller; thus making the process of animating movement much easier.

Check out the video below to see the Mate Controller in action:

Supported mate types include:

  • Angle
  • Distance
  • Limit Angle
  • Limit Distance
  • Slot (Distance Along Slot, Percent Along Slot)
  • Width (Dimension, Percent)

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.