Adding Mate References in SOLIDWORKS
In SOLIDWORKS, many components are located in an assembly in very predictable ways, such as attached to a face or concentric to a hole. By adding a mate reference to the part ahead of time, it can be dragged into an assembly and the most obvious mate will be added during the drop procedure, streamlining your workflow and saving time on commonly re-used parts.
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With over a decade of experience in fields from manufacturing and design to project and product management, Josh Covault, a 2006 Purdue University grad, now helps companies optimize their engineering and manufacturing workflows with innovative tools and strategies.