Hide Table of Contents

Globally Replacing Failed Mate References

If a mate reference is missing from a component that is used in many places in an assembly, you can replace the missing reference for all instances at the same time.

When you replace the mate reference for one of the many affected mates, a dialog box offers the option to replace it in all other mates with the same missing reference.

To globally replace failed mate references:

  1. Open install_dir\samples\whatsnew\assemblies\global_replace\blocks_knobs_903.sldasm.
    The assembly contains two instances of knob_002.

    The same cylindrical surface on each knob is used in a concentric mate to a block.

  2. Select a knob and click Open Part .
  3. At the bottom of the FeatureManager design tree, select the suppressed feature Resolve2 and click Unsuppress .
    A revolved spline feature replaces the cylindrical surface used in the concentric mates in the assembly.

  4. Click Save (Standard toolbar) or File > Save.
  5. Change back to the assembly window.
    If prompted to rebuild the assembly, click Yes.
    The What's Wrong dialog box informs you that two mates, Concentric1 and Concentric2, are missing a mate entity. The mates are flagged in the FeatureManager design tree.
  6. In the dialog box, click Close.
  7. In the FeatureManager design tree, expand Mates .
  8. Select Concentric1 and click Replace Mate Entities .
  9. In the PropertyManager:
    1. Under Mate Entities, select Face of knob_002-1.
    2. For Replacement Mate Entity , in the graphics area, select the cylindrical feature of the knob as shown.
    3. In the PropertyManager, click .
  10. In the dialog box, click Yes, replace all other missing mate references.
    The missing mate reference is replaced in both mates and the error flags disappear from the FeatureManager design tree.

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:   Globally Replacing Failed Mate References
*   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: 2016 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.