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I am needing help mating parts in an assembly I am working on that uses a diamond u-bolt and a bracket that has two slots.
I am wanting to know the best way to mate the u-bolt into the bracket.
I have only spent a small amount of time working on mates in Onshape, so this is difficult for me.
I am also a new Onshape user coming from a SolidWorks background of 10 years.
I would have designed the solidworks pin and slot mates differently to make the slot concentric of the u-bolt, but the customer already had this designed.
Here is a link to my assembly that I am trying to mate.
Thanks, Logan I find when you have odd things like this, it is best to create a mate connector in the part studio.
Then set the mate connector to the center of one of the slot radius.
Then set the owner part to the bolt.
Now when you go into your assembly, all you need to do is mate the connector that is attached to the bolt, to the same radius in every slot you come across.
If this is a one time only thing and both parts are drawn together as in your example then the best way would be to insert them together, then use a group mate Yes please vote on this improvement, I regularly have slotted holes I want to mate a bolt into the center of and find it frustrating having to do the extra mate connector step.
However, I don't like having a non-para-metric slot length in the move, if it was really important I'd add a mate connector in the part studio.
Yea I try to avoid editing and creating offsets within a mate like the plague.
Although it is fine for very small assemblies where there are only a hand full of mates.
It is just not parametric enough for me.
Hell I don't even use distance mates in Solidworks for the same reason.
If I grow that slot I will still be in the part studio and can make the adjustment at the part level once.
Whereas if i change the slot and need to re-center the bolt in the assembly through edits.
I would need to go through every mate that I can "visually" notice is off and edit them all one at a time.
I see more chills thinking about it Gee I'd sure love a slot mate are there any plans for a slot mate?
If you do it like Solidworks, then it can free float inside the slot, or be locked to center.
This would also help with those come to Onshape from other CAD and having to learn the whole Mate Connector method.
I would use pin-slot mate but it never seems to be in the direction I need, and it still requires maintenance and setup time.
With Solidworks slot mate it is just click the inside face of slot 1, click the inside face of slot 2.
Most of what we do is double slotted sheet-metal, because we own a laser table, and we online deal or no deal slot machine crappy benders.
With the current system I really don't bother with fasteners much, because of the mating issue mostly.
So I've been doing it the old fashioned way on pen and paper, then entering it all in the BOM.
Still have to measure every depth throughout the model anyways.
It would be faster to online deal or no deal slot machine add the fastener there.
Thanks for the replies, everyone.
I seem to have stumbled on a necessary update to the mate connector arsenal.
I have really enjoyed Onshape and its usability so far, but need to spend more time in assemblies to really fine tune my mate connector skills.
I will be upvoting the slot mate.
Adding more kinds of mate connector definition and mates are in plans.
Adding an auto mate connector at the center of slot should be easy and will allow to lock at the center.
For defining degree https://free-casino-deposit.website/and-slots/expansion-buses-and-slots.html freedom along slot, Pin slot should work in single slot case.
But to really constrain correctly with difference between slots and slats limits we would need to be recognizing slots and and have special slot mates.
Limits are read article though.
How often do you guys need to just lock at the center vs have motion along slots vs have motion along slots with limits?
Do you guys mostly use sketch slot tool to create slots?
For now creating a mate connector in part studio is the best.
Now you would be my hero, and I'll buy you a beer if you can make it work tangent to a cylinder ;p But we all know that isn't feasible Howdy, Stranger!
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