4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 21, 2018 4:56 AM by Mark Greenwell

    Smart Fastener don't want my second plate.

    Damien Parasie

      Hello everyone,

       

      I am new on this forum, after few mistakes (wrong combinaison Ø holes and Ø for screws) on a machine I am creating,  I try to use Smart Fastener but there is few things I don't understand.

       

      - I created 2 plates (2 parts)

      - I create an assembly and I put theses plates

      - I create a hole for M8 with the assistant, this hole cross the 2 plates.

      - I launch Smart Fastener and he don't recognize the second plate, you can see the washer is inside the second plate (blue)

       

      Solidworks 2018 SP3

       

      any idea ?

      Thanks

        • Re: Smart Fastener don't want my second plate.
          Tom Gagnon

          Edit mates to place it on the other face.

           

          Heavy Hex Nuts or Flat Washers sometimes are placed opposite on the axis as I'd like. I take the auto sized part, auto-placed wrong, and accept what has been done automatically, then alter it for desired results. It's not like I had to manually add these mates or specifically select my component.

           

          Take what it is and don't expect it to be a mind-reader. This can happen easier in more complex assemblies. Tiny shifts in mouse movement can alter smart mates placement. Check the results, correct if needed, and proceed.

          • Re: Smart Fastener don't want my second plate.
            Mark Greenwell

            Hi,

             

            Yes I get the same problems as you, smart fasteners don't seem to work correctly with more than one plate.

             

            I ended up just dragging and dropping bolts / nuts and washers fro the toolbox in an assembly then patterning.

             

            I did just post something on this but have since deleted it.

             

            Mark (SolidWorks 2018)

            • Re: Smart Fastener don't want my second plate.
              Damien Parasie

              ahah ^^

               

              Then this "Smart" feature is just a joke ?

              Bolts is to fastern minimum 2 plates, I am sure there is a trick somewhere !

                • Re: Smart Fastener don't want my second plate.
                  Mark Greenwell

                  Hi,

                  There may well be a trick to using this feature  but I couldn't figure it out yesterday so like I said ended up just dragging an dropping bolts.

                   

                  Rather than just selecting one face I though you may have to select the extreme faces on the outer plates so (un)smart fasteners knew it had to go through more than one plate but couldn't get it to work.

                   

                  I hope some expert can jump in and explain ho you can use this feature through more than one plate, there probably is an easy way to do this.

                   

                  Mark