SOLIDWORKS 2017 Mate Controller now supports Path Mates

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated November 29, 2016


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. It should then appear in the Mate Controller dialog, with the ability to modify the driving dimension (Percentage or Distance).
SOLIDWORKS Path Mate within Mate Controller

SOLIDWORKS Path Mate within Mate Controller

Stay Tuned for more articles relating to the Mate Controller enhancements mentioned above!

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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.