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SOLIDWORKS 2015 – The What’s New You Didn’t Hear About (Part 04 – Identify Last Saved in File Version)

One thing we overlook many times as designers in SOLIDWORKS is, "Are my files on the current version of SOLIDWORKS?" Most of the time our answer is yes they are!!! But many times we are completely wrong. So who cares? Well, as a SOLIDWORKS designer professional, "I DO!" If your SOLIDWORKS models are not on the current version of the software the files perform slow on open and on close. This is because the software will convert the files to a flavor that SOLIDWORKS likes for the version you are using every time you hit the open dialog. It is also slower on close because a bit of code has

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Free SOLIDWORKS from Performance Constraints-Laptop Comparison

Recently we upgraded our computers at the office and the debate came up as to what machines to buy. We had the group who wanted to go thin and lightweight then we had the group who want to go with the proven workhorses that we have used over the years. Ultimately we went with 2 different machines the Dell Precision M3800 for the thin crew and the Dell Precision M6800 for the rest of us. With the new machines in house we decided to do a head to head comparison to see if there is a performance difference between the machines. So we ran the machine through both the SOLIDWORKS

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SolidWorks User Group – Kansas City

Kansas City SolidWorks User Group On June 27th, I attended and presented at the KCSWUG meeting hosted by MRI Global.  My topic was presenting some of our findings with regards to making SolidWorks perform with hardware sized for your SolidWorks models.  Also at this meeting we saw a presentation from SolidWorks employee, Richard Allen.  Richard is a Product Portfolio Manager for SolidWorks Corporation.  His role consists of “acting as the voice for the customer” which means he tries to do the following: Work with product enhancements Increase performance and quality Innovate new products Richard also spoke of a new 3D Dimensioning standard on part models to reduce printed or 2D

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Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#21)

Optimal Configuration & Conclusion In looking back at the past 20 articles we have posted about Free SolidWorks from Performance Constrains one of the items we promised in our first article was to give you the two optimal configurations that gave us the best overall performance. Before we get to the results lets recap what we tested in our previous articles: RAM Processor Clock Speed Number of Cores and SolidWorks Hard Drive Speed Graphics Cards SolidWorks files stored in an older version Windows Visual Settings SolidWorks Options Set to Optimal SolidWorks Image Quality SolidWorks RealView Graphics Level of Detail in Parts and Assemblies Reducing Top Level Mates and Solving Subassemblies

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Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#20)

(Modeling Methodology – Large Assembly Mode) The use of Large Assembly Mode and Lightweight is the one setting that made the largest impact in our testing. Large Assembly Mode allow a user to open an extremely large assembly without bringing in all of the computational data that defines it (Lightweight). The user gets the visual of the model without the over head of the math behind it. The user will then have the ability to resolve the portions of the assembly that they would like to work on. The data for just that portion of the assembly is then loaded into RAM and the user has the best of both

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Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#19)

(Modeling Methodology – Save As Part) The next tool that we are going to look at for reducing the level of detail in our parts and subassemblies is Save As Part. The ability to save an assembly as a part file gives us three different options; Exterior Faces, Exterior Components and All Components. Each of these options produces a different result so we chose to test each option and see which one gave us the greatest performance gain. For our assembly once again due to the overall size we choose to use Save As Part on just the Cab Assembly. The stats on the Cab Assembly and its related files

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Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#18)

(Modeling Methodology – SpeedPak) The next tool that we are going to look at for reducing the level of detail in our parts and subassemblies is SpeedPak. The SpeedPak utility allows you to create a simplified configuration of an assembly without losing references. A SpeedPak configuration reduces your large or complex subassemblies into a subset of parts and faces of an assembly that you can use to mate into your top level assembly or reference with dimensions in a drawing. For our assembly once again due to the overall size we choose to use SpeedPak on just the Cab Assembly, we also chose the option for Remove ghost as it

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Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#17)

(Modeling Methodology – Large Design Review) The next tool that we are going to look at for reducing the level of detail in our parts and subassemblies is Large Design Review. Large Design Review lets you open very large assemblies quickly, while still retaining capabilities that are useful when conducting design reviews of assemblies. When you open an assembly in Large Design Review mode, you can: Navigate the FeatureManager design tree Measure distances Create cross sections Hide and show components Create, edit, and play back walk-throughs Large Design Review is primarily intended as an environment for quick design reviews. If you want to ensure that all items are updated properly,

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Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#16)

(Modeling Methodology – Envelope) The next tool that we are going to look at for reducing the level of detail in our parts and subassemblies is Envelope. Both parts and assemblies can be set as an Envelope when inserted into and assembly or it can be set in the component properties. Envelopes have two main functions, can use them as a reference component or as a selection tool. Envelopes are ignored in global assembly operations such as bills of materials and mass properties. For our assembly once again due to the overall size we choose to use Envelope on just the Cab Assembly. You can by looking at our deltas

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Free SolidWorks from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#15)

(Modeling Methodology – Defeature) In one of our previous articles we talked about reducing the level of detail in our parts and subassemblies and one of the questions we have been asked is what features and tools that SolidWorks provides gives us the best benefit when working with large assemblies. We looked at all the different tools available to us and we are starting with the Defeature tool. Defeature can be used on parts or assemblies and has a wizard style interface that walks you through several different steps to remove features from you file. The Defeature tool has many different options and while faster than manually defeaturing the your

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