Hide Table of Contents

Adding SmartMates While Moving Components

You can add SmartMates when you move a component in an assembly, even if the component is used in other mates. As you drag the component into place, you can infer potential mate partners for creating different types of SmartMates

If a component is already used in other mates, you can move it only within the degrees of freedom allowed by those mates. Also, you cannot add SmartMates to an instance in a component pattern.

To create SmartMates while dragging a component:

  1. Hold down Alt and drag a component over potential mate partners.

The component becomes transparent and the pointer changes when it is over a valid mate partner.

  1. Drop the component to apply the mate.

  2. Click in the Mate pop-up toolbar.

To create SmartMates while moving a component with the Move Component PropertyManager:

  1. Click Move Component on the Assembly toolbar.

  2. In the PropertyManager, under Move, click SmartMates art\ASM-smrt.gif.

  3. Double-click a component then click a valid mate partner.

The Mate pop-up toolbar appears.

  1. Add a SmartMate, then click .

  2. Click in the PropertyManager.

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Adding SmartMates While Moving Components
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS 2011 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.