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Using Smart Mates in SolidWorks

by John Koop, SolidWorks Specialist, TEDCF Publishing

This is a quick tip about using Smart Mates and how they can help speed up your work.

The right side of the image below shows one side of a square tube. It also has a washer and bolt. I am going to show you how to mate these parts together using Smart Mates.

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We’ll start by constraining the washer to the hole. Hold the ‘Alt’ key down and select the inner edge of the Washer.

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Now drag the washer to the hole while holding the ‘Alt’ key down. Once the washer is positioned over the hole, release the ‘Alt’ key and mouse button.

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Now you can expand the mates folder at the bottom of the Feature Manager and scroll to the bottom of the list to see the mates you’ve added.

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As you can see, SolidWorks has…

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