Mating the Components

In this topic, you define assembly mating relations between the components, making the components align and fit together.

  1. Click Mate (Assembly tab).
    The Mate PropertyManager appears.
  2. In the graphics area, select the top edge of Tutor1, then select the outside edge of the lip on the top of Tutor2.

    The Mate pop-up toolbar appears, and the components move into place, previewing the mate. In the PropertyManager, under Mate Selections, the edges are listed in Entities to Mate .

    If the Mate pop-up toolbar does not appear, select Show popup dialog under Options in the PropertyManager.
  3. On the Mate pop-up toolbar:
    1. Click Coincident as the mate type.
    2. Click .
    A coincident mate appears under Mates in the PropertyManager.
    The position of Tutor2 is not fully defined. It has some degrees of freedom to move in directions that are not constrained by mates.
  4. Test degrees of freedom by moving the components:
    1. In the graphics area, select the Tutor2 component and hold down the left mouse button.
    2. Drag the component to observe the available degrees of freedom.