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Mate References

Use mate references for routing design wherever possible. Using mate references to place parts is more reliable and predictable than using SmartMates.

Always include mate references for routing components such as flanges. If you attempt to mate routing components after placing them in an assembly, you might introduce conflicts in the route sketch geometry.

Use the same name for all mate references applied to fittings with the same properties on a piece of equipment. A flange can be attached to any nozzle on a tank if the mate references on all nozzles, as well as the flange, have the same name. If one of the nozzles is threaded, give it a different name, and name the mate references of a threaded flange accordingly.

To ensure that routing parts mate correctly, define mate reference properties identically. For example, if the Primary Reference Entity on one part is defined as Face<1>, Coincident, Anti-Aligned, it should be defined identically on the second part. The same principle applies to secondary and tertiary entities.

Mate references are not used when you attach a component to the route sketch, for example, when you drag a tee onto the route to create a junction. In this case, SolidWorks aligns the components so that the route point and connection points are coincident with the sketch lines.

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