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Best practices for organizing and cleaning up mates?

Question asked by Nathan Rollins on May 28, 2015
Latest reply on Jun 1, 2015 by Glenn Schroeder

Hi all,


I have an assembly that has many mates that are gray - not suppressed and not failed or over constrained.  I am pretty sure all of these are external (could not check them all) - meaning that components get assembled to these features in higher level assemblies.


What are these mates called?  (External mates?)


They severely clutter the tree and while working ion the sub-assy, they are completely irrelevant - right?  I would never want to address them if I am not in the upper assy.  At least I cannot think of a case where I would want access to them.  Can their display be shut off?  Dealing with mates in SWX has gotten better over the last four releases since I migrated over from Pro/Easy land... ("Easy" has the <sarcasm> tag for clarification) - but managing mates in SWX still pretty much sucks in comparison - in my opinion.  Functionally, they

are superior, but trouble shooting and managing... not so much.


Sorry for the rant - any tips on wrangling mates in a big assy?