Whats the best method to mate square neck bolts (from the Toolbox) with a square hole?
It's hard to say without seeing the model, but if you want the bolt head centered in the square hole then either Symmetric or Width under Advanced Mates should work.
Glenn, I am looking for a quick way to do this since the bolts are in the toolbox. SolidWorks is smart enough to mate a cylindrical bolt with a round hole. Is such a thing available for square neck holes. Normally I would have a cylindrical sketch on the square hole, then mate the square bolt to that sketch (concentric) then another mate for one of the square sides to be parallel to the square hole sides.
Hi Chris, I realize you posted this in 2013 and I hope you have since found a solution, but I thought I'd post what I do here in case someone reads this forum like I do for help.
To mate many square neck bolts on a part or assembly (such as a sheet metal enclosure) what I do is I mate one manually (select faces to mate from the square neck bolt and mate those faces to the face on the part or assembly). Once that is done, I use the "Copy with mates" function. Most of the time, one face will be the same, then you only need to select 2 faces to fully define your bolt.
In this example I had a small assembly of a nut, square neck bolt and washer that I was mating with many square holes in a sheet metal assembly.
As you can see, I have lots of those assemblies
I hope this helps someone, I know it's not as fast as the usual method of using the toolbox with normal bolts and round holes but it works and it's kind of efficient.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me
That is a great idea. Thank you
Hey I realize this is an old post as well but hit it when I was searching for non metric square neck bolts in toolbox.
Best way I've found to make mating easier for the first one it to make square holes in the material utilizing the polygon sketch instead of the square sketch. This leaves a circumscribed circle that you can utilize for creating a concentric mate. If your feeling lazy you can also lock the mate in any orientation, get it close enough then lock or just do a parallel mate with one of the sides to make it look perfect.
Also as with Jonathan I utilize copy with mates for quite a bit of material but If you have the bolts facing the same orientation a quicker method is to utilize a sketch driven component pattern that was introduced in 2014, especially if there are a whole lot of them as it cuts down on the mates and reload times.
This is genius! Thanks for the input Ryan
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