Support for Misaligned Concentric Mates in SOLIDWORKS 2018

Article by Sanja Srzic, last updated on December 5, 2017

Working with downloaded or imported models can create a situation where multiple pairs of holes cannot be mated concentric although there is no problem fitting manufactured components.  SOLIDWORKS 2018 misaligned concentric mates option can account for this small difference in hole distances.

When the option ‘Tools > Options > System Options > AssembliesAllow creation of misaligned mates‘ is enabled:

Allow creation of misaligned mates

Allow creation of misaligned mates

A conflict in concentric mates allows using a misalignment option as shown in the screenshot below:

Misaligned concentric mates

Misalignment option

In the PropertyManager for the concentric mate, offset can be applied to the first or second set of holes, or equally split between two sets.

Concentric Mate PropertyManager

Concentric Mate PropertyManager

Maximum deviation can be set when the option ‘Use Document Property’ is disabled.

Use Document Property disabled

Use Document Property disabled

Misaligned mates are shown in a separate mates folder.

Misaligned mates folder

Misaligned mates folder

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