SOLIDWORKS 2020 Assembly Mates Shortcuts

Article by James Swackhammer updated January 17, 2020


SOLIDWORKS 2020 has many big enhancements that improve performance, stability and usability. Sometimes it’s the small things that matter most. The littlest things that improve our CAD life.

As an instructor who teaches SOLIDWORKS I really try to promote a two hand design theory. What I mean by that is keeping one hand on the mouse and the other on the keyboard, as much as you can. Any time your cursor has to travel to the other side of the screen or you have to look down to find a key on the keyboard you lose time. Now some of that may not sound like a big deal but when you are under crunch time and must make hundreds of parts or a massive assembly – shortcut keys, tips and tricks mean everything.

In the Assembly Tab – third icon in is the Mate command

When in the assembly mode hitting “s” on the keyboard will bring up this menu which can be customized

By holding Ctrl key and selecting the entities you want mated this list will appear

There are many ways in an assembly to get to the precious mate command. Mates are the relations of sketches. How I tell most people to add a sketch relations from one line to another is hold the Ctrl key and click both lines. When adding mates in an assembly you can do the same thing. Click on the two entities you want mated and a small list appears in the pop out box. The list of the mates has been expanded.

This new list can contain mates such as: Limit Distance, Limit Angle, Slot, Width, Flip Alignment and Lock Rotation. In my example I am using the assembly found in the SOLIDWORKS Essentials Class. If you are interested in taking the Essentials class with Javelin please check our schedule for upcoming live online classes and in-class sessions.

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James Swackhammer

James is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Application Expert based in the Javelin Oakville head office