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Using Mate Connectors

paul_sundstrompaul_sundstrom Member Posts: 2
edited January 10 in Community Support
I am/was a reasonably proficient user of Solidworks but no longer have access to a licence.

I have been playing around with Onshape, and expect to be buying a licence shortly.

Image 1 shows part of a bracket arrangement with a cylindrical shell segment attached to a flat bar.

I am having trouble mating the shell piece properly with the flat bar. I need to rotate it about the z-axis so it is symmetrical with the flat bar. To make this mate I am trying to set up suitable mate connectors on the shell and flat bar. In sketch editing mode I have positioned a mate connector which can be seen in Image 2, but I cannot see it on the part when in assembly mode.

How do I get access to select that mate connector when in assembly mode?

Is there a better way to set the mate to align the parts properly?

Thanks in anticipation. Cheers, Paul


  • steve_shubinsteve_shubin Member Posts: 630 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 10
    Is there a better way to … align the parts?

    One option is – make both parts in the same part studio — in the position that you want them relative to one another

    Then insert them into the assembly, and group them

  • Jake_DelanoJake_Delano Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 27
    To show/hide mate connectors, hit K. Mates can be realigned/offset by either using the offset checkbox in the mate dialogue or by realigning or moving explicit mate connectors on the parts themselves.
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