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Snap Hook- air/dust tight

Question asked by Brandon Filo on Jul 8, 2015
Latest reply on Jul 16, 2015 by John Stoltzfus

I am designing an enclosure box and upon exploring my options for possible latches, I stumbled upon the Snap Hook Feature. SW Help does a good job of explaining how to use the feature however I have a couple questions about how the Snap Hook mechanism works.


1. Will a snap hook & groove provide a two piece enclosure box with an dust/air tight seal? Or will the top piece of the enclosure have spacial gaps between it and the bottom if I were to flip the box upside down?


2. Most of the information online explains using snap hooks for ABS plastic and 3D printed models, would a Snap Hook on an aluminum enclosure provide the same functionality as it would for ABS?


3. How similar is the functionality of Snap Hook to a latch on say, a small briefcase? Are snap in latches more effective at keeping a box closed than Snap Hooks?


I apologize for the novice questions as I am new to SolidWorks. Thanks in advance for the help!