Find Automatic Connections

Use proximity criteria to find connections between parts automatically.

  1. On the Connections workbench toolbar, click (Automatic connections).
  2. Specify gap and penetration tolerances.
    Tip: Set the tolerances just large enough to cover the intended gap or overlap. Do not set values too large as this will over-stiffen the model.
  3. Choose the connection Resolution level.
    Tip: Try to use the Normal resolution level whenever possible. Only use Increased or High resolution levels when the contact area is small in relation to the overall size of the connecting parts.
  4. Optional: Select the Connect not welded parts only check box.
    This limits the connection search to only parts that have not been previously welded together.
  5. Optional: Select the Create local connections at bolts check box to adjust how local connections are made for bolts.
  6. Click OK.