Flip Width Mate Alignment SOLIDWORKS 2020

Article by Maurice Cherian on Nov 11, 2019

New for SOLIDWORKS 2020 is Flip Width Mate Alignment, the ability to flip the Mate Alignment of a new or existing Width Mate.

flip width alignment

This will even let you reverse the alignment of a width mate for assemblies created in older releases of SOLIDWORKS. The alignment buttons normally would be greyed out at the bottom of the Advanced Mate dialog box.  You can see in this image below that now the alignment buttons are available in SOLIWORKS 2020.

flip width advanced mates

You can edit existing Mates or change the orientation when making a new Mate. To edit an existing mate, you can edit the mate feature directly or right mouse button select the Mate from the Tree and select “Flip Mate Alignment” to reverse the orientation.

flip width flip mate alignment

If you are familiar with “Breadcrumbs” just select one of the two assembly components and you will see the Width Mate symbol.  Right Mouse Button on the symbol and select “Flip Mate Alignment” to reverse the orientation on the Width Mate.

breacrumb technique

Use this same “Breadcrumbs” technique to modify other mates without having to locate them in Feature Manager Design Tree.

Interested in learning more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2020, check out our collection of videos here.

About Maurice Cherian

Maurice Cherian is Technical Support Engineer at GoEngineer. He was introduced to CAD while working for the Navy. Maurice has over seventeen years of Software Training and overall CAD experience. He has been using SOLIDWORKS since 2008 and is a certified expert and instructor. He provides SOLIDWORKS training and Tech Support. Maurice is active in the SOLIDWORKS User Group Community in San Diego, presenting and hosting multiple times over the last eleven years.

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