How to reduce SOLIDWORKS File Size with Multiple Exploded Views

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE updated November 19, 2012


For some users reducing the file size is a must, especially for large assemblies. Before the release of SolidWorks 2013, having multiple exploded views in one assembly implied creating multiple configurations (one for each exploded view) and, since each configuration saves all its Parasolid data, a huge assembly file.

SOLIDWORKS provides an elegant solution to this problem by allowing multiple exploded views in each configuration. As a result the file size stays small and, at the same time, important time savings are achieved.

In this video I am going beyond just showcasing the new functionality by presenting a complete assembly explode process, comparing the 2012 and 2013 workflows.

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Alin Vargatu, CSWE

Alin is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. Alin has presented multiple times at SOLIDWORKS World, Technical Summits, and User Group Meetings, while being very active on the SOLIDWORKS Forum.