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Mate connector on a center of coordinates

I've modeled a wood slab to be used as a tabletop https://cad.onshape.com/documents/4e977f253699bbbd0b23d3cb/w/f8db6fb7e22a04be3f53f989/e/15997342aa89ba885161d885
Now I want to insert it into my table design - https://cad.onshape.com/documents/d00ceaba15e3ae5795e20cc8/v/493982667bb9689f6b4092fe/e/5b289bdfe74c787a08ec07e3

I need to place the tabletop at the center of coordinates with a certain orientation, to reference it in other parts.
I've made a mate connection on a tabletop, but now when I want to put a mate connector at the center of coordinates to transform a tabletop -- Onshape doesn't allow me to.

Am I understanding the idea of mate connectors wrong, how am I supposed to place my tabletop from the start?

Best Answer


  • Jake_RosenfeldJake_Rosenfeld Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,295

    I'm having a bit of a hard time understanding where you're held up, maybe a screenshot of the problem will make it more clear?  Once you have the mate connector on the table in the right place, and the mate connector on the mount in the right place, you can use the "Transform by mate connectors" feature to move the tabletop around:

    As a series of steps:
    1. Place a mate connector on the tabletop
    2. Place a mate connector on the mount, where you would like the first mate connector to arrive once the table is moved
    3. Use the "Transform" feature, setting the "by mate connectors" option to move the table from where it is to where you would like it to be.

    The reason you may be experiencing some difficulty here is that Mate Connectors are mainly designed to be used in the Assembly for assembling components together.  They are useful for Part Studios, but not designed to be the center of the Part Studio workflow. 
    Jake Rosenfeld - Modeling Team
  • glib_kotelnytskyyglib_kotelnytskyy Member Posts: 23
    point 2. in your series is the one which doesn't fit for me.
    I design "mount" part based on the dimensions and configuration of the tabletop, so it does not exist at this point.
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