SOLIDWORKS Mate

Mate Property Manager Interface Change in SOLIDWORKS 2021

SOLIDWORKS Mate PropertyManager

The Standard, Advanced, and Mechanical mate categories found in the Mate Property Manager have now moved into tabs at the top of the Property Manager in SOLIDWORKS 2021! SOLIDWORKS 2021 Property Manager: SOLIDWORKS 2021 User Interface has the Mate type categories as tabs and the…

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SOLIDWORKS Advanced Width Mate – Taking It One Step Further!

Advanced Width Mate- Starting Point

SOLIDWORKS Advanced Width Mate is very useful in centering one component (identified as tab) between two planar faces. If you are new to Advanced Width Mates, please take a look at SOLIDWORKS Width Mates and Constraints in the Width Mate. Taking it one step further!…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Lock Rotation for Slot Mates

SOLIDWORKS Slot Mate

SOLIDWORKS 2021 adds functionality to lock rotation of slot mates, similar to lock rotation of concentric mates which has been available since SOLIDWORKS 2014. The Lock Rotation option can be found in the mate PropertyManager or by right-clicking on the Slot mate in the FeatureManager…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Change Mate Alignments on Edit

SOLIDWORKS Change Mate Alignments

SOLIDWORKS 2021 introduces greater automatic control over what happens when flipping a mate alignments would result in errors. Prior to 2021, there is a checkbox for either prompting for confirmation or not. In SOLIDWORKS 2021, the Change Mate Alignments on Edit control is replaced by…

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Are you using the SOLIDWORKS Mate Pop-up Toolbar?

Mating components together in a SOLIDWORKS assembly? Frequent use of the SOLIDWORKS mate pop-up toolbar can often save you much time and mousing! The mate pop-up toolbar is not quite as intelligent as the mate manager. For example, the mate manager will usually predict when…

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Add feature tree items to a SOLIDWORKS favorites folder for quick access!

SOLIDWORKS Favorites Folder

Want quick access to a feature, sketch or mate without having to scroll or search the SOLIDWORKS feature tree every time? Simply right-click the item from your feature tree and select Add to Favorites. Note: Ensure you have the option to show the favorites folder…

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SOLIDWORKS Animation Control using Mates

SOLIDWORKS Animation Control

SOLIDWORKS Animations have an option called Autokey.  This can be useful for simple animations where you enable the option, click somewhere along the timebar and then drag components.  It will add keys for all components that moved for its final position at that time step. …

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How to Group SOLIDWORKS Assembly Mates and Fasteners into Folders

In SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can group SOLIDWORKS Assembly mates by status and separate fasteners into folders. You can group the mates by their status, such as Solved mates, mates with Errors, Over defined mates, Suppressed mates, Suppressed mates that reference missing components, and Inactive (fixed) components (mates that reference fixed components). Group mates and…

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SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Lock Rotation of new Concentric Mates to Components

In SOLIDWORKS 2019, any new Toolbox components can have their concentric mates rotation locked automatically. In order to activate the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Lock Rotation for concentric mates option, you need to go to: Tools > Options > System Options > Hole Wizard/Toolbox and under Toolbox Mates, check the Lock…

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