SOLIDWORKS Large Assemblies

SOLIDWORKS Lightweight Mode [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Lightweight Mode

Greetings, fellow SOLIDWORKS users! I’m here to help clear up some of the ambiguity of SOLIDWORKS Lightweight Mode that causes many users to shy away from using it. I myself used to be guilty of this because the first thing I would do after opening an…

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SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak

Since 2009, the SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak has been the perfect tool for simplifying sub-assembly components, by replacing heavy geometry with a graphical representation of the external faces. In SOLIDWORKS 2013 creating and managing SpeedPak configurations became much easier, since it is now done directly from the top level assembly, as shown…

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Selecting Configuration When Opening [VIDEO]

Configurations 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…

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Why DO Assemblies take longer to open over the network??

If you have ever had to wait a painfully long period of time for a large assembly to open while loading the files from a network location, you’ve likely asked this question.  We had the opportunity at SolidWorks World 2011 to find out exactly why this is.  The following details are courtesy of Mark Johnson, one of the Senior Technical Support Engineers at SolidWorks. Most simply put, the “path” that files have to follow to open from a local hard drive is as follows: − Harddrive -> (Mainboard) Southbridge – > CPU – > (Mainboard) Northbridge – > Ram – and OPEN! If you then compare this against the file path when opening a file from the network: − Ethernet Card – > Router\switch\hub ->…

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The case against using the /3GB switch on 32-bit Windows

For those of us who are still using older workstations running 32 bit Operating Systems, applying the so called /3GB switch to get more memory allocated to SolidWorks is the first thing we consider when opening large files or running complex Simulation studies. There are a lot of people for whom the /3GB switch is working fine. If you are one of the “unlucky” ones, who are getting all kind of problems in SolidWorks after applying the /3GB switch, please read this article which explains why that happens: The case against using the /3GB switch on 32-bit Windows

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Increasing SOLIDWORKS Drawing Performance

Here are recommended options and best practices for increasing SOLIDWORKS drawing performance and reduce processing time when making changes: Select Sheets to Open Let’s start with the Open dialog box. By using “Select Sheets to Open”, you select the sheet(s) you need to work on. The remaining sheets can be viewed…

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Increase your assembly or drawing performance with a SpeedPak Configuration

Introduced in SolidWorks 2009 the SpeedPak Configuration command allows you to create a simplified configuration of an assembly without losing references. If you work with very large and complex assemblies, using a SpeedPak configuration can significantly improve performance while working in the assembly and its drawing. Watch the demo video below to learn more about the SpeedPak Configuration command.

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