I work with Ford truck cutaways and I have an assembly file of the chassis that I use to build the rest of my transit bus on. Is there a way I can take this assembly and turn it into a smaller and easier to use part file?
If you are looking for making it more manageable.
Or , you can save as part.
If file size:
my step, iges, and part files are still 3MB so yeah your missing something. I need a better mouse trap.
What size is the assy before saving as STEP, IGES and .sldprt?
Have you tried simplifying the parts and assy before converting?
2015 SOLIDWORKS Help - Simplified Representations of Assemblies
actually the assembly is 2.8MB and the part that was saved from it is 3.27MB
Why can't OR don't you use speedpak? Basically speedpak is a ghost representation of the model and you can select the faces/surfaces/bodies/components you want to use in next level assembly. That way rest all would be there as ghost but only those faces/surfaces/bodies/components will be able to select and take references from in the assembly.
I am using speedpak... and not just on the chassis, I'm using it on the other parts as well. The sad part performance went down when I started speedpaking them. Certain parts stopped loading correctly and I ended up with half a cab and missing components
That sound weird (not sure of there is a bug or file specific).
Depending on ho much detailed chassis you need to use, I would suggest to save as part (can use defeature also) and then make sure you combine the bodies such that you've less number of bodies.
How would the freeze bar help?
Have you tried it?
Or did I misunderstand what you are trying to do.
no I haven't I just thought the freeze bar was used to lock components, I didn't realize it would help with file management
Here you can read about Feature Freeze SolidWorks “Freeze” Saves You Time
Have you looked at the "Assembly Xpert" 2015 SOLIDWORKS Help - AssemblyXpert
no I haven't I'll give these a read
Have you tried the " defeature" command? It helps with parts that have an internal structure that you don't need to reference by "filling in" the interior. That way all the internal surfaces go away and SolidWorks only needs to deal with the exterior faces. You can defeature an assembly, then save it as a part. You can also manually fill in or lop off parts you don't care about. Then, if you send it through a STEP file translation round trip, it will clean up any of the feature overhead, leaving you with the simplified part.
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