I am attempting to cut /extrude a relatively intricate pattern ( right now it's a honeycomb pattern but could likely be a circular hole pattern) into a small part. In short- Solidworks is choking on it.
I have tried patterning both the sketch and the feature in order to expand the pattern. The extruded hole pattern needs to expand greatly in order to cover the entire part ( I can only show a portion of the part for NDA reasons). Nevertheless, what is shown is as far as it will go after about 3 hours of experimenting.
Note: I have been keeping an eye on the Windows resource monitor and rarely does it show above 15% usage on the available RAM- and rarely, if ever, pegs the CPU usage ( staying around 25%). Solidworks doesn't freeze or quit-- the operation just fails after about 45 minutes.
Is there a way to simplify the sketch geometry to greatly reduce the calculations needed? ( I have deleted the inscribed circles from the hexagons so far)
What is the most efficient way to execute this?