Mates and Flexible Sub-Assemblies (MSWP #10)

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This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). Many SOLIDWORKS users have never been shown the importance of mating methodology when working with large assemblies.  An Assemblies structure can make a significant difference in the performance of an assembly large or small.  These difference in performance is generally much more pronounced in a large assembly due to its shear size.  The models that […]

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Hard drive storage options (MSWP #9)

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This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). When working with large assemblies especially; user try to tweak out every bit pf performance that they can from their hardware.  A significant amount of discussion has been circulating around the use of Solid State Hard Drives and has always be circulated around RAID options. In our testing we looked at both […]

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Files saved in the old version (MSWP#8)

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This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). For many of our customers it is a yearly question.  "Should we upgrade all of our 20XX files to the new version?"  I am not going to answer that question for you.  I am, however, hoping to give you more information to make this decision appropriately for your situation. In our test […]

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SWAP File (MSWP#7)

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This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). We've all heard how important SWAP space is to high end CAD software.  This stuff pushes RAM hard thus Swap space is essential to the performance and stability of the system.  The rule of thumb I always heard "Growing up" was that your SWAP space (page file) should always be 1.5 times your RAM.  This […]

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OS Users Settings to Optimal (MSWP#6)

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This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). To be honest; the Microsoft Operating Systems have always been pretty.  Well they have once they got past MSDOS.  The most current OS, WIN7, takes this eye pleasing initiative to another level yet again.  Showing shadows under the mouse, smoothing screen fonts, Animating Controls in Windows, and many other "cool" visual effects can make your […]

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Assembly Stored on the Network (MSWP#5)

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This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). We have all seen that it takes longer to copy files from a network location to your local hard drive than it does to copy files from one place on your hard drive to another place on the same hard drive.  There is a more significant difference when we look at opening […]

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Turning Off Add-ins (MSWP#4)

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This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). Everything running on your computer takes some amount of resources.  I mean everything.  Right down to the insignificant little app that tell you when the Adobe Acrobat Reader has an ungrade available.  It is recommended to reduced the amount of applications, programs, apps, widgets, and add-ins running on your computer to increase […]

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Reference File Locations (MSWP#3)

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This article continues our Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance series.  If you would like a little background information please refer to the first article in the series Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results). This article is describing one of our "side tests".  Some of our tests, including this one, while being run with the same methodology as all of the others did not fit the general flow of the over all testing.  This test was run to show the negative impact of a seldom used […]

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SOLIDWORKS System Options Set to Optimal (MSWP#2)

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So I couldn't wait to get started.  As soon as I published the introduction to this series I wanted to at least get the first article out so that everyone could get an idea of what to expect. In this test we compared SOLIDWORKS system options that we typically see (and did see with the customers that gave us our test models) with what we consider optimal for working with an assembly this large.  To remind yourself of the details – http://blog.cati.com/2011/03/maximizing-solidworks-performance-results.html.  […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance (Results)

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As many of you may know Josh Altergott and I did a presentation at SOLIDWORKS World this year in San Antonio titled "Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance".  The presentation was well received and we thought it would be a good idea to share the information with more than just the SOLIDWORKS World attendees.  The goal of this presentation was to determine the most effective changes that could be made to a SOLIDWORKS environment and to SOLIDWORKS modeling methods in the hopes of […]

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