Who can find a way to successfully create a Mate Reference in a blade socket connector to connect to the male blade counterpart.
I included both parts saved with 2017.
Is the challenge to do it with a single mate reference?
I attached mine, 3 mates. I'm not sure if it is anything special, and I'm sure there are better ways, but I was bored-ish.
Seems intuitive. A couple comments.
You provided direct assembly mates. I was referring to Smart Mates, "Mate References" which are stored in the part file and used when dragging and dropping into the assy to automatically create the required mates when you hover over the blade.
When creating Mate References in the part, it does not appear to allow a width mate. That said, you did lead me to find that you can 2017 SOLIDWORKS Help - Capturing Mate References from Existing Mates . I tried this to capture you width mate, with no success.
Concerning using 3 mate references, I've found, the only way to get 3 to work, is if they have matching mate references in each part. This tends to be way more setup then it's worth. Unless someone can share a quick way of doing this?
This is the closest I've gotten to getting it to work, but the amount of setup is not worth the time:
Aw, well I completely browsed over the important details of your request it seems. And I've never really used smart mates, so I thank you for giving me something to experiment with. Most of my assemblies up to now are pretty unique so it hasn't really been what would seem a feature I need to use, but I am all about improving and making my workflow faster, so thank you for that, apologies.
Your post piqued my curiosity in as much as it made me go and look at my spare connectors (female) that I have in my Land Cruiser. My connectors (as I suspected) actually have a small hole in the face just like the blade (male) connector does. The reason I confirmed this is because when I did the wiring on my V12 Engine model, the way I mated the connections was via a concentric mate of those holes. Just an idea for you!
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