If you are a newcomer to the Mate Controller functionality within SOLIDWORKS, then check out the video below to learn how it works:
For SOLIDWORKS 2017 a number of new features have been added to the Mate Controller which make its operation easier than ever before. Among these features are:
- The ability to set Assembly mates to a “Driven” state, so they can be pushed around or “influenced” by other movements in the assembly.
- The ability to generate configurations from positions you create within the Mate Controller.
- The ability to use a Path Mate for specifying a position with the Mate Controller.
Using a Path Mate:
- In order to select a path mate for use within the Mate Controller, the path mate is required to have the “Distance Along Path” or the “Percent Along Path” option chosen.
- Once your path mate is in place in the assembly, You will be able to select it as one of the supported mates within the mate controller.
- It should then appear in the Mate Controller dialog, with the ability to modify the driving dimension (Percentage or Distance).
Stay Tuned for more articles relating to the Mate Controller enhancements mentioned above!
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