I often receive an assembly that is very unmanageable in terms of size and performance. I have tried the lightweight and large assembly mode and even the design review mode. These are largely ineffective and I have my suspicions that it is due to poor modeling practices ( i.e. Way to much low level detail being modelled in every sub component).
One way I deal with this is to manually create an assembly that only has the external components (i.e. Those visible without taking a section cut). I can then use this assembly for global fit checking, generating graphics for a presentation, etc.
This is quite tedious to do manually and I was wondering if there are any tools to help with this. built into SW or if anyone out there has come up with any clever ways of doing this?