Selecting Configuration When Opening [VIDEO]

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE updated June 3, 2013


CaptureConfigurations are a great way to control your models in SolidWorks.  But when you have an especially large assembly that takes a lot of time and system resources to load, it can be frustrating if, once the model finishes loading, the active configuration isn’t the one you wanted to work on.  Then you will have to wait again as the configuration you want is rebuilt.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to just load the configuration you want, right away, when opening the file?

Well you can.

Pre-selecting which configuration to load before opening a file is done through the Open dialogue.  This can be done for both Part and Assembly files.  In the drop down list for “Configurations:” you can select from any of the configurations available and have that be the one that gets loaded when the file opens.

Open Dialogue

This can also be a useful tool for troubleshooting issues with assemblies.  Sometimes components of assemblies can become corrupted preventing the assembly from opening in SolidWorks.  In the “Configurations:” drop list there is an option for “<Advanced>”.

Select Specific Configuration

Selecting this option then clicking “Open” will launch the “Configure Document” dialogue box.  One of the options in the dialogue is “New configuration showing assembly structure only”.

Creating New Configuraiton

This option will create a new configuration with all components suppressed.  Loading these components one at a time can help to identify which components may be corrupted or experiencing issues.

All Items Suppressed

Watch this video for a demonstration of this functionality:

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Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew Lidstone is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Application Engineer specializing in Data Management systems. He has been working in the SOLIDWORKS reseller channel since 2010 helping clients get the most from their CAD tools.