How to increase the performance of your SOLIDWORKS Large Assemblies

Article by Rod Mackay updated December 16, 2016


One of the biggest issues that SOLIDWORKS users face is wasted time when working with large assemblies and their related drawings. Typically SOLIDWORKS large assembly issues are attributed to slow hardware, network configuration, or software problems. Based on years of experience helping customers with large assembly issues we have found that system optimization and adopting the latest SOLIDWORKS design techniques and best practices will deliver dramatic speed improvements.

Large Assembly Service

Common SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Issues

  1. SOLIDWORKS large assemblies are slow to load.
  2. Making changes to large assemblies can often be frustrating and time consuming.
  3. The organization of parts and assemblies is complicated and inefficient

How to resolve your Large Assembly issues

In 2017 you can resolve your issues with a SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Service from Javelin. Our Certified SOLIDWORKS Experts will analyze your CAD models, review your system setup, and investigate how your team currently works with complex assemblies. Then provide you with the settings, techniques and best practices that will optimize your process, increase performance of your system and team.

SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Service

There are three phases to the service which is conducted at your office location on your assembly data:

Phase 1: Analyze your CAD Models

We will analyze your current model creation techniques and process to determine where changes need to be made to increase performance of your large assemblies.

The analysis we carry out includes a review of how your team creates large assemblies, and the typical composition of the models including: the number of components, the number and type of mates; the number of update holders, the type of in-context relations, the tessellation settings, current practices for feature creation and part model construction, imported geometry, plus many other factors.

Large assemblies can range in size from as little as 50 components to several hundred, but if you are experiencing issues with your assemblies we will investigate!

Phase 2: Train your Team

We will train your team on the best practices and techniques for addressing your large assembly issues. The custom training will be delivered at your office on your assemblies.

Training is tailored to your needs but typically includes an in-depth review of the four distinct phases that SOLIDWORKS goes through during the assembly opening process; and addressing each factor responsible for slowing your system.

Phase 3: Optimize Systems and provide Mentoring

In the final phase we will help you to optimize your SOLIDWORKS systems so that the right options and settings are applied.

We will also mentor your SOLIDWORKS users on the best tools and techniques for working with large assemblies including ‘Lightweight Mode’, ‘SpeedPak’, ‘Simplified Configurations’ plus the latest SOLIDWORKS 2017 tools. We ensure that every SOLIDWORKS user will be able to work with large assemblies more effectively.

“Existing features we already use have all kinds of abilities we never knew about.  Javelin’s Instructor basically blew our minds for 3 days straight.”

— John Cowle, Copernicus Education Products

Benefits from a SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Service

Every week we visit customers and help them to be more productive with SOLIDWORKS software. We spend a lot of time learning the tools and discovering the best techniques to use SOLIDWORKS effectively. We want to help your business identify and deal with productivity issues, and pass on our unique knowledge and experience to your team.

Large Assembly Service Results

  1. 50-90% Time Savings for businesses that have used our service. We have been able to help customers reduce load time down from an hour to a few minutes, and in most cases from minutes down to just seconds!
  2. 75% Productivity increase for users that adopt our best practices. We help customers to better utilize the latest SOLIDWORKS features and techniques so that working with large assemblies is fast and easy.
  3. Customers are able to reorganize their parts and assemblies so they are quicker to find, load faster, and are easier to edit.

“Lots of new material for me even though I’ve been using SOLIDWORKS for 5+ years.  The SOLIDWORKS Large assembly tools will save a ton of time.”

— Kyle Groenestege, Tigercat Industries

Interested in a Service from Javelin?

Fill out the form below or call 1-877-219-6757 to learn more about our SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Service. NOTE: this service is only available to Canadian businesses.

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.