SOLIDWORKS Performance

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…

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How to Simplify SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies to increase performance

We often suggest and discuss methods for improving performance of a SOLIDWORKS large assembly, e.g. using Defeature, Envelope, Large Design Review.  For components with complex geometry, perhaps used for reference, or manufactured elsewhere, the SOLIDWORKS Simplify tool can help reduce the complexity and the time…

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Reduce SOLIDWORKS assembly open times by specifying external reference search locations

If there is one topic that repeatedly sends our customers to sleep, it’s file references. But what if I could tell you that could save time whenever you open an assembly? Where is this magic time saving switch you ask?   It is squarely located within…

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What happened to AssemblyXpert in SOLIDWORKS 2017?

SOLIDWORKS Performance Evaluation

If you have recently upgraded to SOLIDWORKS 2017 you may have trouble finding the AssemblyXpert tool.  Not to worry DS SOLIDWORKS has not removed this functionality; but simply renamed it to the more suitable “SOLIDWORKS Performance Evaluation” tool. If you are not familiar with the Performance Evaluation…

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The SOLIDWORKS Performance Evaluation Tool sheds light on slow loading Drawings

Performance Evaluation Report dialog

In SOLIDWORKS there are many different tools to help you speed up the load time of your files. In the latest release of SOLIDWORKS you can now generate a report that examines a drawing for performance issues, and lists rebuild times for drawing elements such as…

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SQL Tasks for improving SOLIDWORKS EPDM Vault Performance

While helping a customer to resolve SOLIDWORKS EPDM performance issues, I came across an SQL query in the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base, which can help determine if Rebuild, Reorder, or Shrink SQL maintenance tasks can be used to improve SOLIDWORKS EPDM Vault Performance. I found this utility…

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How to Improve Machine Performance when working with SOLIDWORKS Assemblies

Is your SOLIDWORKS too slow when working with assemblies? If your answer is yes then this article may help you improve the performance of your machine when working with assemblies. “How do I stop SOLIDWORKS from crashing when I am working in assemblies?” This is…

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Locate Your Graphically Heavy Components in SolidWorks [VIDEO]

A while ago, we showed how you can use the Assembly Visualization tool to locate components that take the longest time to rebuild.  This was demonstrated in the post “Find the weakest link! Which assembly component(s) takes the longest to rebuild?” But you may want to…

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SOLIDWORKS Sketch Pattern vs Feature Pattern [VIDEO]

As a former designer of automated machinery, I prefer to stay a stranger to danger by using machine guarding. It keeps the operators safe from my machine and it keeps me safe from litigation. However, since I always want my design to closely approximate what the…

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