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, you must open your assembly as lightweight or fully resolved.


You can see that our benchmark program failed to complete for Large Design Review. This is because when an assembly is opened with the tool our benchmark is not able to perform the tasks it is programmed to do.

check back to the CATI blog as we will continue posting our
series of articles that goes further into the details of each of our tests. All
of these articles will be stored in the category of Free SOLIDWORKS from Performance
 and links to each with their
release date are listed below:


Altergott, CATI Support Manager

Fanjoy, CATI Technical Services Director



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