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Moving from 2D to 3D
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Design Methods
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Mates Overview
FAQ Mates
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Modifying a Mating Relationship
Suppressing a Mating Relationship
Fixing the Position of a Component
Mating to Origins and Coordinate Systems
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Types of Mates
Angle Mate
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Concentric Mate
Distance Mate
Lock Mate
Parallel and Perpendicular Mates
Tangent Mate
Advanced Mates
Mechanical Mates
Cam Follower Mates
Gear Mates
Hinge Mates
Rack and Pinion Mates
Screw Mate
Universal Joint Mate
SmartMates Overview
Mate References
Visualizing Mate Systems
Solving Mate Problems
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Detecting Problems
Component Patterns and Mirroring
Exploded Views in Assemblies
Other Assembly Techniques
Large Design Review
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Design Studies in SolidWorks
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Large Scale Design
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Mold Design
Motion Studies
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Gear Mates

Gear mates force two components to rotate relative to one another about selected axes. Valid selections for the axis of rotation for gear mates include cylindrical and conical faces, axes, and linear edges. Also:

  • You can mate any two components that you want to rotate relative to one another. You do not have to mate two gears.

  • Similar to other mate types, gear mates do not prevent interference or collisions between components. To prevent interference, use Collision Detection or Interference Detection.

To add a gear mate:

  1. Click Mate (Assembly toolbar) or Insert, Mate.

  2. In the PropertyManager, under Mechanical Mates, click Gear .

  3. Under Mate Selections, select the rotation axes on the two gears for Entities to Mate .

  4. Under Mechanical Mates:

    • Ratio. The software assigns gear ratios based on the relative sizes of the cylindrical faces or circular edges you select. The values are parametric.

You can override the values. To revert to the default value, delete the override value. The background color of the box is white for the default value, and yellow for the override value.

  • Select Reverse to change the direction of rotation of the gears relative to one another.

  1. Click .


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