SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly

Degraded SOLIDWORKS assembly performance? Locate and remove unnecessary fastener detail!

Sometimes, after the assembly has undergone considerable development, its performance is not so great anymore.  For example zooming, rotating, and panning can become maddeningly sluggish.  File size may become excessive.  Long rebuild times may cause loss of productivity.  Fortunately, there are ways to diagnose and treat this disease!  For example, we can run a check for the number of graphics triangles using Assembly Visualization. A common issue for customers is when they include detailed fasteners in their assemblies.  For example, downloadable fasteners are widely available as CAD models from various suppliers.  For realism, many are modeled with threads, and/or 3D lettering (embossed or debossed), which certainly enhances their appearance and realism.  Without a doubt, they look great!  But beware… …when using threaded fasteners in large numbers in an assembly, SOLIDWORKS will keep regenerating the graphics of threads while we are navigating around in the assembly, even if we are zoomed…

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Large Design Review now has Editing Capabilities

The SOLIDWORKS Large Design Review mode is essential when working with large assemblies.  Models can be opened in a fraction of time for quick review and then load only the components you need to work on.  Use tools like snapshots or walk-through to make the most of it. New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the ability to work directly in Large Design Review to insert/move components, add/edit/delete mates or delete top level components. In order to edit the assembly, set the Mode dropdown to Large Design Review and select ‘Edit Assembly’. The first thing you must do is save the assembly in the 2019 version.  The options will be greyed out if the file remains in a previous version state. When opening an assembly with Large Design Review in SOLIDWORKS 2019, you’ll notice the pop-up message now has 4 additional capabilities listed for editing. You can now insert components and add mates…

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Opening Large Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer works hand in hand with SOLIDWORKS CAD by converting part and assembly files to workable models for documentation. The process is relatively straight forward, but when working with SOLIDWORKS large assemblies, there are a few things to keep in mind when converting them to Composer (.SMG) files. Sometimes, large assemblies do not get converted as planned. Take for example the picture below, where an attempt was made to convert the assembly into a Composer file. As you can see, there is no model visible in the SOLIDWORKS Composer Viewer: Although the information is there, there is no model in the display. But in some cases the model may be partially generated, and the assembly tree items are set to unseen and cannot be toggled at all. This may be an indicator your assembly is opening in large assembly mode. So what is to be done to remedy the…

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Help DS SolidWorks Improve the Performance of Large Assemblies and Drawings

Submit SOLIDWORKS Software Performance Reports (SPR) and Enhancement Requests (ER) Have you encountered SOLIDWORKS software performance that has hindered your workflow and caused frustration? One of the less known techniques for bug reports and performance enhancements requests is getting Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation attention by reporting issues directly to them and voting for enhancements. The most effective way to get DS SolidWorks to dedicate resources to solving these issues is by having a large amount of users vote on an SPR or ER. Issues with a large amount of supporters will be placed at higher priority than issues that are reported but not as common or heavily supported by other users. Equally important is describing in as much detail as possible what the business impact for your company will be if the bug is not fixed, or if the enhancement is not implemented. Make sure that your explanation boils down to…

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How to adjust Part Image Quality to improve SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Performance

Large Assembly Performance Image Quality

Working with large assembly files in SOLIDWORKS is a challenge and requires some training. Using SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Performance techniques is one of the key elements to handle heavy designs quicker. There are several techniques, two of which include decreasing the size of your assembly file and increasing your RAM using virtual memory. One other item to check is the part image quality. A high part image quality will result in a large assembly file. Also importing a larger part file into an assembly will result in a larger assembly file. Consequently, if the number of components goes up in an assembly file, it will result in a much larger file which slows down the performance. The following image shows an assembly file of a flashlight. It includes 16 components in total. The part files have a high level of Image Quality resulting in an assembly file size of 12,829 KB. Decreasing…

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Using Preserve Geometry References when saving a SOLIDWORKS Assembly as a Part

Part with solid bodies

Do you have an assembly with complex parts which has a high rebuild time? Maybe it’s a supplier assembly, or an assembly that you don’t want any components modified. Saving the assembly as a part can help to reduce file size, decrease load time, and ensure confidentiality for the component geometry if shared outside your company! We have been able to save an assembly as a part for quite some time, but now when we select File > Save As and choose Part as the file type there is a new option to preserve geometry references is the save as dialog as shown below: Once the option has been selected, and the assembly has been saved as a part, the components within the assembly will now have been converted to solid bodies as shown below: If the assembly is used as a sub assembly in another assembly you will notice the mates are…

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Large Assemblies taking too long to load? Try SOLIDWORKS Large Design Review Mode

SOLIDWORKS Large Design Review

Are your SOLIDWORKS assemblies taking too long to load? There is a solution for you with the SOLIDWORKS Large Design Review Mode. When you need to get into an assembly and would like to view all the components and maybe get some measurements you do not need to open up the assembly fully resolved. Instead you should use the Large Design Review Mode (LDR). Released with SOLIDWORKS 2012 this feature loads only a fraction of your assembly data, while still providing access to a lot of useful tools. Throughout the past couple of years there have been enhancements making this great feature even greater! It is easier to view the structure of patterns and assembly features in the feature manager design tree and we have more control over assembly options for updating graphics! How to access Large Design Review Mode: To open an assembly in Large Design Review mode, click Open (Standard…

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How to increase the performance of your SOLIDWORKS Large Assemblies

SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Service

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. Common SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Issues SOLIDWORKS large assemblies are slow to load. Making changes to large assemblies can often be frustrating and time consuming. 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…

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