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Mate Connectors in sketches

MBartlett21MBartlett21 Member, OS Professional, Developers Posts: 2,036 EDU
Is there any way to have a mate connector owned by a sketch except in assemblies
mb - draftsman - also FS author: View FeatureScripts
IR for AS/NZS 1100

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    philip_thomasphilip_thomas Member, Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,381
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    @mbartlett21 - it's actually easier than Neil is making it out to be - he has farmer hands with fingers like carrots ;)
    To orient the mate connector wrt any default plane is really easy;
    • Select the mate connector tool
    • Move the cursor to the origin
    • You will see a preview of the mate connector and three gray lines emanating from the origin
    • Moving your cursor from gray line to gray line orients the primary (blue) axis with the gray line under the cursor
    • Click when the mate connector is correctly oriented

    BOOM! :)
    Philip Thomas - Onshape
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    robert_morrisrobert_morris OS Professional, Developers Posts: 167 PRO
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    There is a mate connector at the origin, it's just not visible by default. If you hover over the origin while in the mate dialog, it will show up. Moving your mouse closer to one axis or another will let you switch which "side" it will mate to (top, bottom, right).

    Here is an example of mating a part to one side of the origin with a 20mm offset.
    You can see as I hover over the origin, the blue axis changes. The blue axis of the mate connectors are the primary axis that get aligned together.



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    MBartlett21MBartlett21 Member, OS Professional, Developers Posts: 2,036 EDU
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    MBartlett21MBartlett21 Member, OS Professional, Developers Posts: 2,036 EDU
    @NeilCooke

    I also think it should be possible to mate to planes in assemblies, especially the right plane.

    As of now, the only way to do that is to create a mate connector on the origin in the part studio, assign it to a part that's been modelled in the correct position, import it into the assembly, fix it, then you have a mate connector to mate to.
    mb - draftsman - also FS author: View FeatureScripts
    IR for AS/NZS 1100
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    MBartlett21MBartlett21 Member, OS Professional, Developers Posts: 2,036 EDU
    @NeilCooke

    How would i get it facing to the right or front or whatever??

    Could you give me an exaple of how this could be done in an onshape assembly please?

    -Morgan
    mb - draftsman - also FS author: View FeatureScripts
    IR for AS/NZS 1100
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    philip_thomasphilip_thomas Member, Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,381
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    @mbartlett21 - it's actually easier than Neil is making it out to be - he has farmer hands with fingers like carrots ;)
    To orient the mate connector wrt any default plane is really easy;
    • Select the mate connector tool
    • Move the cursor to the origin
    • You will see a preview of the mate connector and three gray lines emanating from the origin
    • Moving your cursor from gray line to gray line orients the primary (blue) axis with the gray line under the cursor
    • Click when the mate connector is correctly oriented

    BOOM! :)
    Philip Thomas - Onshape
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    robert_morrisrobert_morris OS Professional, Developers Posts: 167 PRO
    Answer ✓
    There is a mate connector at the origin, it's just not visible by default. If you hover over the origin while in the mate dialog, it will show up. Moving your mouse closer to one axis or another will let you switch which "side" it will mate to (top, bottom, right).

    Here is an example of mating a part to one side of the origin with a 20mm offset.
    You can see as I hover over the origin, the blue axis changes. The blue axis of the mate connectors are the primary axis that get aligned together.



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    MBartlett21MBartlett21 Member, OS Professional, Developers Posts: 2,036 EDU
    @mbartlett21 - it's actually easier than Neil is making it out to be - he has farmer hands with fingers like carrots ;)
    To orient the mate connector wrt any default plane is really easy;
    • Select the mate connector tool
    • Move the cursor to the origin
    • You will see a preview of the mate connector and three gray lines emanating from the origin
    • Moving your cursor from gray line to gray line orients the primary (blue) axis with the gray line under the cursor
    • Click when the mate connector is correctly oriented

    BOOM! :)
    @philip_thomas

    Thanks for the information
    mb - draftsman - also FS author: View FeatureScripts
    IR for AS/NZS 1100
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