Introducing a new Workshop to solve your SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly and Drawing Issues

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE updated June 18, 2020


Are you experiencing SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly performance issues? We want to help you minimize your SOLIDWORKS Assembly opening time, reduce lag, and maximize efficiency with our new online workshop.

The new SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly and Drawing Workshop is designed for users whose productivity is drastically affected when working with assemblies or drawings. These users typically experience symptoms like:

  • Long opening time
  • Long rebuild time
  • Frequent graphics refresh events of 10 seconds to more than 2 minutes
  • Frequent lag between clicks (5 to more than 30 seconds)
  • Frequent drawing update events of (1 to more than 15 minutes)
  • Unexplainable mate errors
  • Sudden Crashes
SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Issues

SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly

While the symptoms are similar for most of them, the causes of the slow downs vary greatly. Many users are aware that SOLIDWORKS has many tools and concepts dedicated to improving performance but are overwhelmed by having too many apparently overlapping choices who solve only part of the problem.

Our Large Assembly Experience

Our Process Improvement Consultants visit 3-4 companies each month in order to understand how each of them uses SOLIDWORKS and identify areas where they can become (much) more productive. During hundreds of visits performed in the past years, the most common complaint we encountered was the “Large Assembly Problem”. The standard reaction for users frustrated by slowdowns experienced when working with large assemblies or drawings is to blame the hardware or the software.

It is always a surprise for users to learn that the latest release of SOLIDWORKS already has all the tools for troubleshooting large assemblies in order to identify and eliminate the factors that are contributing to the slowdowns. Some of these users had already attended training courses and read all the available literature on the assembly topic, but they were still unable to extract every drop of efficiency from their existing workflows. Most of the power-users were aware of some tools and concepts like ‘Lightweight‘, ‘SpeedPak‘ or ‘Simplified Configuration‘ but have not been able to formulate a comprehensive set of procedures to address all possible situations they would encounter in their daily life as designers.

It is not enough to be aware of only some of the tools dedicated to improving large assembly performance in SOLIDWORKS; in order to eliminate the slowdowns, they need to understand exactly what happens during the assembly opening process.

The next step is learning what factors impact each phase and how to identify the culprits that affect your current assembly. Is the file size, is the number of components, is the number of mates, is the type of mates, is the number of update holders, is the type of in-context relations, is the huge number of faces from that imported part, is the tessellation setting?

How do you pinpoint the culprit and eliminate the problem in the shortest time possible?

In the process of helping our customers we gained a huge experience about most possible situations that could impact the large assembly performance. We used this knowledge to formulate a comprehensive, easy to understand and implement set of best practices for addressing this problem, concentrating on studying the 5 (five) distinct phases that SOLIDWORKS goes through during the assembly opening process and pinpointing each factor responsible for slowdowns during each phase. The second part of the workshop focuses on the troubleshooting techniques for each phase, while the last part discusses in detail the tools and techniques to be used for eliminating the slowdown factors in each phase.

This Online Workshop will help you to:

  • Understand the internal processes used by SOLIDWORKS to open/ rebuild/ update assemblies and drawings
  • Determine in which phase of the opening or rebuild process the slowdown occurs
  • Learn how to use specialized diagnostic tools to identify the specific factors who cause the slowdowns
  • Increase the speed by reducing opening time and lag, using specific techniques for each type of slowdown factor
  • Learn best practices for optimizing supplier parts downloaded from websites like McMaster-Carr
  • Learn best practices for optimizing complex imported geometry as components of large assemblies
  • Learn best practices for creating efficient mating schemes
  • Automate repetitive tasks using batch processing tools
  • Receive the “Optimal System Settings for Large Assemblies” document
  • Learn how to match the optimal tool to the task for maximum efficiency
  • Learn best practices for opening drawings fast
  • Master the tools for detailing drawings of large assemblies fast

Online Workshop Duration

  • 4 sessions Online (3 hours/session)
  • Intermediate Level
  • Live instructor led training

Online Workshop Requirements

SOLIDWORKS Features Targeted

  • Slowdown Diagnostic Tools
  • Imported Geometry
  • Optimal System Settings
  • Performance Tools
  • Efficient Mating Schemes
  • Flexible Sub-assemblies
  • In-Context Dependencies
  • Geometry Simplification/Optimization Tools and Techniques
  • Automation/ Batch Processing

SOLIDWORKS Skills you will acquire

  • Match the optimal assembly tool for each SOLIDWORKS task
  • Advanced assembly and drawing troubleshooting skills
  • Quick assembly simplification skills
  • Best practices for applying efficient assembly mates

Interested in the Online Workshop?

Contact us for pricing and upcoming dates for our next Online Workshop

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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.