I can not figure out how to use path mate. There must be something I am looking over. Once I draw the path in the sketch , I am unable to see the path on the assembly.
Have you turned sketches visible in the "View" menu?
I am pretty good with simple parts. Not good with assemblies yet. I didnt know that was an option. I will try that. Thank you
ok i turned on the stetches and it accepted what i selected but it doesnt stop at the beginning and end of the path. it just stays on the same circle
Ray,,, I'm not path mate expert (rarely use it) and I was not able to get the cylinder to stop where I expected it to by using the path mate. I'm assuming that you want the cylinder axis to be coincident with the full round axis of the part it is mated to (black face normal to curved surface). If that is the case you might want to use a "LimitAngle" mate. That way you can rotate the cylinder back and forth and it will start and stop within the range you want. In my example it is 90deg. I sketched a line in the cylinder which has the same length as the radius of the full round then mated the end point to the axis (or corner of sketch shown).
Thank you Dennis... this worked perfectly. I still would love to know what the key is to making path mate work for this application. Thanks again for your help
I believe Dennis is correct. I might try to use the parallel and perpendicular surface I see internal for the Limit Angle references.
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