# SOLIDWORKS Mate

## SolidWorks 2014 Tutorial: What Was Hard Now Is Easy When Applying Tangent Mates [VIDEO]

SolidWorks has always been a user-friendly software, mostly because 99.9% of the workflows in SolidWorks are natural, like in the real life. From this point of view, compared with other CAD software packages, users are really pampered when working in the SolidWorks Universe. It is understandable then why some SolidWorks users might become frustrated when having to find workarounds for the other 0.1% of the situations, when the solution to a specific problem is not so intuitive. Case in hand: applying a simple tangent mate between a curvilinear edge or a sphere and another face was very hard to do in SolidWorks 2013 and older versions. The Javelin Blog published such a solution in the past. The SolidWorks Forum has a full discussion about this topic turned into a…

## How Many Mates Can Be Created At Once in SolidWorks? One, Two,… Three? [VIDEO]

Watch this video to learn how to create one, two and even three mates at the same time in SolidWorks.

## Solve Errors and Save Time by Replacing Mate Entities in Bulk [VIDEO]

When entities referred in existing mates (faces, edges, vertices, planes) change, the result is often a long list of errors in your assembly feature tree. This video presents an elegant way to replace the defective mate references in bulk and, thus, save time.

## SolidWorks Challenge: Can you Mate a Sphere Tangent to Multiple Faces?

I have a new SolidWorks challenge for you. Create a spherical part. Save and exit the model Create a new part containing an extrusion of a sketch made of tangent entities (arcs and lines). Save and exit the model. Introduce both parts into an assembly Mate the sphere in such a way that will be tangent to the faces of the extruded component. Note: Feel free to “cheat” by approximating the geometry (let’s say +/-0.010″ tolerance). Do you think it is an easy task? Try it first or watch this video, for a possible solution: Many thanks to Jory S on SolidWorks forum for the inspiration for this article. Do you have a better solution? Please share it with us.   Update (2013.Oct.01): This workaround is no…

## SOLIDWORKS Advanced Mates Management – 3 Time Saving Tips

Do you feel you waste too much time finding component specific mates in large assemblies? Do you spend more time clicking in the feature manager, fishing for those mates than actually working to finalize your project? If the answer to any of these two questions is “Yes”, than you need to watch this video. It will help you find those mates fast, very fast!