SOLIDWORKS Mates

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SOLIDWORKS SmartMates

Assembling components in SOLIDWORKS?  There are multiple ways to mate components together.  Some methods are faster, while other methods are slower but more intelligent (such as the Mate manager). SOLIDWORKS SmartMates are one of the faster methods, where you can avoid the repetitive mouse travel…

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Support for Misaligned Concentric Mates in SOLIDWORKS 2018

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…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Breadcrumb Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Breadcrumb

People who know me know I like symmetry. I like symmetry in architecture, in design, and especially in SOLIDWORKS. As far back as I’ve been using SOLIDWORKS (since 2001), I’ve kept my designs symmetrical whenever possible. As such, I liked to use the Front, Top,…

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Driving vs Driven: Choose which mate dimension is in the driver’s seat with SOLIDWORKS 2017

A Friday Afternoon in Peril: It is the end of the day, a Friday no less – and you have already put in three hours or so on your concept assembly design. In bringing this concept together you have been tossing parts into the assembly file…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Component Preview Window

Have you ever needed to add a mate to that one particular face which is hidden behind other components?  You’ve probably rotated around, zoomed in, used Select Other, perhaps hid some components (try hovering over a component and hit Tab!), or maybe used the useful…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Mate Controller makes Animation easy [VIDEO]

Creating animations in SOLIDWORKS 2016 is now much easier with the new Mate Controller. The controller lets you manipulate specific mates that control degrees of freedom for a design. You can save and recall saved positions and mate values, and create animations based on the saved positions. On…

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Preventing Rotation in Concentric Mates [VIDEO]

With this new SolidWorks 2014 feature you can now prevent the rotation of components that are mated with concentric mates by selecting the lock rotation option. Locked concentric mates are indicated by an icon in the FeatureManager design tree. This should effectively reduce the number…

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Sketch Entities and Mates

Note: The information contained in this article applies to SolidWorks 2013 and earlier versions. Next week we will show you how an extremely powerful new tool introduced by SolidWorks 2014 empowers users to replace sketch entities without breaking relations downstream. After opening an assembly, mate…

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