# Mate Parts with Coincident, Parallel, and Distance Mates

show more When creating sketches for your projects in SOLIDWORKS, mating parts is an essential component of creating your assemblies. Each assembly, made of corresponding parts, requires specific mating procedures dependent on the parts involved, such as coincident, parallel and distance mates. In this online tutorial, you will learn how to use each of these mating techniques as well as how to specify orientation in SOLIDWORKS. show less

## Mating parts with coincident, parallel, and distance mates

Mates are very similar to sketch relations. We need to have a minimum of two parts to mate together, and an idea of how we would like to connect the parts. Much like relations, we have a basic way of aligning parts. For example, we can use coincident, parallel, co-linear, distance, and a whole bunch more. Coincident is the most common. We've already seen a few examples of this in earlier movies. This mate attaches two items together by touching the sections, or faces, or lines, or points. In general, most parts will require three mates to fully define the location and orientation of the part.

To get started, what I have here is an assembly created which is 12.1, and that's created from this part here. I've already used that one, so I can go ahead and just close that file down. Now what I want to do is get these other two components in there. So i'm going to click and drag those components into that assembly. Go ahead and close these other one's down. We're not going to be using th...

Mating parts with coincident, parallel, and distance mates
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When creating sketches for your projects in SOLIDWORKS, mating parts is an essential component of creating your assemblies. Each assembly, made of corresponding parts, requires specific mating procedures dependent on the parts involved, such as coincident, parallel and distance mates. In this online tutorial, you will learn how to use each of these mating techniques as well as how to specify orientation in SOLIDWORKS.

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