I have a pin with a slot mate shown with the green arrows. I need this pin to additionally have a "slot mate" in the square hole. The pin and slot are free to move in the y direction as a unit. Any ideas on how to do this? Thank you.
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I thought it might require some additional geometry, but I don't think I would have figured this out because I didn't know how solidworks used a trimmed surface for simple, planar geometry. To bad I didn't find that post before. Thank you.
The one way you could do that is to set the distance limits from the center of the pin to the side of the slot.I believe you could use an equation to figure the radius of the pin & set it using those figures. Then if the pin diameter would change, the limit mate would adjust accordingly.
The biggest issue with Distant Limit mates is that they "Flip"
I guess I didn't specify. I needed to emulate a free slot. Thank you for your suggestion.
not sure if I well understood what you're looking for....
On my model I created a 'dummy' body on the fixed part, shown in red, with a vertical slot in the middle and I created an axis in the middle of the slot part, shown in green.
After I mated the pin to the green part using 'free slot' mate and the axis to the slot in the red body, again with 'free slot' mate. Then I've hidden the red body.
In this case the pin if free to move horizontally and vertically. The green part is free to move vertically.
It's a workaround, similar to what John suggested, but it uses 'free slot' mate!
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