SolidWorks Video Tip: Using Mates for Animation

January 28, 2009 20 Comments »
SolidWorks Video Tip: Using Mates for Animation

Recently I have had a few questions about ways to create animations with assembly motion.  These questions brought to mind this great tip on using Mates to generate assembly motion.  Using Mates to create motion in Assemblies is often overlooked so I have prepared this video that includes a simple example of how to do it.  Click on the image below to view the video.


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  • Steve_Calvert

    That's really cool, Ricky. You make it look so easy to do.


  • Great tip Ricky. Always looking for a “simple” way of showing an annimation.

  • Thanks Steve! It is pretty easy to do. It is almost always the first option I look at when creating motion studies where parts need to move in a precise manner.


  • garyhall

    That is a handy resource. Thanks Ricky.

  • Hey Wes!

    Good to hear from ya! Yeah, it doesn’t get any more simple than this when it comes to Motion Studies. :-) Glad you like it!


  • Richard Williams

    Hi Ricky,
    You just saved my life for something I was trying to do with animations. Just did not know how to go about it properly and you showed me how to do that twisting motion easily. Guess that is the difference between a pro and a wanna be. :) thanks Ricky.

  • No problem! Glad you liked it Gary!


  • Richard,

    I'm definitely not a pro with Motion Studies, but thanks for the complement. :-) I'm glad the information in the tip was helpful.


  • Hi Ricky, thanks for this video, it has helped me allot.

    I see you are getting great shadows and mirrorwing effects, is this due to your video card?


  • Ravindra Pawar

    Hi Ricky,
    Thanks for this video,
    It helped me so much
    i was unnkown about the animation in solidworks

  • waterjet71

    Oh Man Why I didnt find you earlier. this is way too easy.. I think LOL thanks for the tip.

  • waterjet71

    Oh Man Why I didnt find you earlier. this is way too easy.. I think LOL thanks for the tip.

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  • Greg

    Everyone loves this video but I can't get it to work
    Win XP home running video at 1600 x 1200 (21 in Monitor) on the MOBO video card
    any suggestions
    thanks Greg Quinn

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  • Inder

    Hey Thanks for sharing those tips, But I m in bigger trouble I want to animate rope coming out of pulley taking some weight down can u please help me in that will appreciate ur help

  • Harvey Mendez


    That's a nice video tutorial.
    I have a linier rack assembly that has two extentions inside the main assembly and I need help with making the inside arms sub-assemblies extend out from the main assembly. How do I control each assembly to extend out from the main assembly?


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  • RajeshC

    Hi Ricky Guru,
    Thanks a lot. Your animation tips helped me a lot in knowing more in animation. Till date, i will insert the part in assembly. then move to motion manager. then will move the part to desired part manually. then i will animate it. now i got nice lesson using our mates,
    Thanks a lot guru.
    Priyamudan RajeshC

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    thanks for the info guys