Mate References With and Without Names

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Today we are going to look at the difference between Mate References with a name and Mate References without a name. It turns out that the Mate Reference acts totally different if it has a name. Just as a quick reminder, a Mate Reference allows you to realize the benefits of drag & drop mating (SmartMates) without the requirement of having the part open. You can pre-identify and store in the part model the faces, edges, or vertices that you […]

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How do I mate a round ball so it is resting on a smaller hole in SolidWorks?

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We had this question submitted to us via CATI Chat Support: I have a round ball sitting above a hole with a mate lining up the axis so it is in position. How do I set the ball into the hole so it is just resting on the rim of the hole and not above it or below it in SolidWorks. The ball is bigger than the hole. This reminds me of a cup and ball toy I once had. […]

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