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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Opening Large Assemblies

Article by Mehdi Rezaei, CSWE created/updated September 18, 2016

In SOLIDWORKS 2017, more functionality is now available while waiting for components to fully resolve when opening SOLIDWORKS large assemblies. This change is most noticeable in assemblies that take a long time to load. In addition to previous releases in which you could only pan, zoom, and rotate the model while waiting for components to fully resolve, now you can do the following:

  • Navigate the FeatureManager design tree;
  • Measure distances;
  • Create cross sections;
  • Hide and show components

Indication of being Resolved

In the SOLIDWORKS 2017 FeatureManager design tree, an eye icon will be visible beside components that are still being resolved. The icon disappears when the components are fully resolved. In the following images, the SOLIDWORKS interface while loading is compared between 2016 and 2017 versions:

Opening SOLIDWORKS Large Assemblies in 2016

Opening Large Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Opening Large Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS 2017

Opening Large Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS 2017

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Mehdi Rezaei, CSWE

Mehdi is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE) and works near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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