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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.



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