Is there an easier way to do this rather than using "Advanced Mates" with the "Width" option to accomplish this task?
have you tried mating by using their planes?
Create an axis in your square pin, then mate the axis concentric to the hole.
The problem is I do not have write access to these parts. I am referencing them from our library and the parts are all "Released" so I cannot write to them without creating new version which is not an option.
Was the recangular pin created with a Center Rectangle? If so, you could mate the point in the center concentric to the hole, then add a pararallel mate to align it.
I can get them to align but I am looking for an easier way do align them using just a couple of mates. Imagine you are aligning an 8 pin connector with rectangluar pins to a PCB board that has round holes. I can get the job done in three mates.
Temp axis on pin to a point in the center of the sketch used to create the square.
Why is updating your library parts not an option? Seems awfully short-sighted to not add some reference geometry that everyone can use to make building assemblies easier. Just seems odd to me.
I was using the "Library part as just a reference" We have lots of legacy parts with similar issues that we are trying to reuse. This was prior to using SW so we did not need Ref Geometry at that time.
It would take an ECN to make any change to a "Released" part even to add a point because a new version will be created, therefore we will need to bump the Rev. which will need an ECN. Supplier will need to be notified because of Rev change which will cause lots of paper work. Management will not do this just to add a ref point. Guess I wll need to use the old fashion way of doing it with Advanced Width mates
This is what you get when you develop and design Medical Instruments that is used to treat patient on a daily basis and then you have to deal with the FDA, auditing the company's Document Control system and Quality system.
I don't know if it will work for your situation, but one possibility may be to create a sub-assembly with just the rectangular pin in it. You could create the needed geometry in this sub-assembly, and insert it into your main assembly instead of the part. That way you aren't changing your part file and you would have the needed geometry available for mating.
Is the part origin not somewhere useful for this? All of our PCB components have their origin on Pin 0 for making mates that much easier and predictable. As I understood, this was also industry standard practice.
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