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Assembly - why so many steps?

Question asked by Kevin Hansen on Oct 19, 2017
Latest reply on Oct 25, 2017 by Dan Pihlaja

I'm coming at SolidWorks from Creo. Things were so simple there. You choose the assemble command, then choose your assembly constraints (mating surfaces or what-have-you), then you click the green check mark.

 

Now I have to place the component in the window, leaving it in some arbitrary location. Then I have to right-click and make it "float". Then I have to do the Mate command to choose my assembly constraints.

 

Why is it so difficult? Why do they throw in this float/fix thing, that only resides on the right-click menu? Why are the assemble and mate commands separate? Is there an advantage to this?

 

And how, when I am mating them up, do I view a previous mate constraint? I can see them if I go back in after it's complete, but I don't see how to get to them while I'm still defining them.

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