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SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #5: Don’t Mate Longer Than Necessary

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice

Okay, so we’ve reached the end of our week of SOLIDWORKS Best Mating Practices. I’ve saved the best for last. There’s lots of content in this one, so get ready. With all the tips this week, you should have learned something new – or at least…

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SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #4: Don’t Mate Too Much (even if it’s a good idea!)

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice

All of us who use assemblies in SOLIDWORKS know that mating can be fun (in SOLIDWORKS, of course). As a result, one can have a natural tendency to get carried away,which I’ll show you in SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #4: Don’t Mate Too Much. When…

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SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #3: Don’t fight with your Mates

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice

Welcome back, fellow SOLIDWORKS users for another installment of our SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice series. In the classic Star Trek episode “Amok Time,” Kirk and Spock fight to the death over a mate. Luckily, in SOLIDWORKS, you don’t have to. In fact, you outright shouldn’t….

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SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #2: Don’t Mate Your Relations

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice

Welcome back, fellow SOLIDWORKS users for another installment of our SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice series. Last time, we looked at Rule #1: Mate before you relate. After the video, I suggested such a terrifying possibility: That a hole in a plate with a sketch relation…

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SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #1: Mate Before You Relate

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice

Greetings, fellow SOLIDWORKS users! Welcome to my new blog series on the best practices of mating…in SOLIDWORKS of course! Over the next few days, I’ll bring you five videos on SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practices and how to avoid problems associating with poorly applied mates. Or,…

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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.

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SOLIDWORKS Mirror with All Mates

The Mirror Component(s) tool in the Assembly environment was completely redesigned in the 2010 version of SolidWorks. At that time, the improvements were considered spectacular and the benefits huge in comparison to how the mirror command worked in the previous versions. Starting with SolidWorks 2010 mirrored components are uniquely located in the universe of the main assembly, based on the position of their parent and of the reference plane used for mirroring. The user has full control on deciding which components need opposite-hand versions and which ones need just re-locating in a symmetrical position in regards to the selected plane. There was only one thing that SolidWorks 2010, 2011 and 2012 did not do when mirroring sub-assemblies and that was carrying over any mates referring to…

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Automatically Insert and Position Multiple Components in an Assembly [VIDEO]

Interesting question on the SolidWorks Forum from James Bailey : The answer is yes. If the components are sharing the same origin (most likely derived from a master model), you can insert them in bulk in the origin of the assembly following the procedure shown in this video:

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