The SmartMates functionality saves time by allowing you to create commonly-used mates without using the Mate PropertyManager.

SmartMates Procedures

Desired Mate Action What to Do
Mate two components already in the assembly. Press Alt and drag one component onto another.
Mate a new component while adding it to the assembly. Drag a part from another window onto another part in the assembly.
  • From a part file: Select an entity and drag.
  • From an assembly file: Hold down Shift, then select an entity and drag.
Fully mate a commonly-used component while inserting it in the assembly. Drag a part with mate references from File Explorer or the Design Library into the assembly. This method can fully mate a new component, but you must set up mate references beforehand.