Defining Mate References

To define a mate reference:

  1. In a part or an assembly, click Mate Reference (Reference Geometry toolbar) or Insert > Reference Geometry > Mate Reference.
    The Mate Reference PropertyManager appears.
  2. Under Reference Name, enter a name for the mate reference.
  3. Under Primary Reference Entity:
    1. Select a face, edge, vertex, or plane for the Primary reference entity . The entity is used for potential mates when dragging a component into an assembly.
    2. Select a Mate Reference Type and a Mate Reference Alignment to define the default mate for the reference entity.
  4. Repeat Step 3 to add secondary and tertiary entities.
  5. Click .
    In the FeatureManager design tree, the mate reference is added in the MateReferences folder, and in a Mate in assembly folder under the subassembly or component.