How to reduce SOLIDWORKS load time for models containing Simulation data

Article by Siavash Khajehhasani updated January 28, 2016

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Is it taking too long to load SOLIDWORKS models that contain simulation data?

If so, then you should reduce SOLIDWORKS load time by utilizing a performance enhancement introduced to SOLIDWORKS Simulation in the 2014 release. Using a simulation system option, you can control when simulation results are loaded. So if you are opening a large SOLIDWORKS file, you can exclude simulation results from being loaded until SOLIDWORKS requires the study data. This means that you can run SOLIDWORKS with the simulation add-in active, and it won’t affect system performance when opening files.

This option can be enabled through the simulation options: Simulation > Options > System Options > General > Load all Simulation studies when opening a model (requires more time to open a model). The option check box is found at the foot of the dialog as shown in the figure below:

Reduce SOLIDWORKS load time option

Fig. 1: Load Simulation Studies Option (at the foot of the dialog)

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Siavash Khajehhasani

Siavash is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Oakville, Ontario office.