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Adding Mates

Mates create geometric relationships between assembly components. As you add mates, you define the allowable directions of linear or rotational motion of the components. You can move a component within its degrees of freedom, visualizing the assembly's behavior.

To add a mate:

  1. Click Mate (Assembly toolbar), or click Insert > Mate.
  2. In the PropertyManager, under Mate Selections, select the entities that you want to mate together for Entities to Mate .

    The Mate pop-up toolbar appears with a default mate selected, and the components move into place to preview the mate.

    The preceding occurs if you select Show pop-up toolbar and Show preview under Options in the PropertyManager.

  3. Click to close the PropertyManager, or click pin_icon.gif before you click PM_OK.gif to create a new mate.

    If the new mate conflicts with an existing mate, the software asks if you want to force the new mate to solve. Click:
    • Yes. The new mate is solved and a conflicting mate breaks and is shown with a red error.
    • No. The new mate is created but not solved, and is shown with a red error.
    You can use mate callouts, View Mate Errors, and MateXpert to help resolve mating problems.

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