How to make the SW file smaller, because in Inventor if i dragged the end to the top it will make the file smaller so i try in SW but the file is still the same
I think this is what you want in that area right click, then hit collapse.
No it's not collapse what i mean is, if i move the end bar in solidworks like what i did in the inventor above the file size was shrink. It's like if the file is 20mb it will become 10mb
It's work fine for me.
Do the same test but use the "Freeze" bar and show your results.
I vaguely remember a post here on the Forums where the Features were suppressed before saving a file in order to shrink the file size.
Edit: I believe that is what Steve Calvert is suggesting.
No, I was wondering, because I had already done the test with suppressing the features, if the freeze bar would have any effect as well. I don't think you ever want to suppress features and check it in as the part won't retain it's shape while suppressed.
I'm wondering what the goal is here?
I have a small assembly here that was 892KB before suppressing all of the components. After that the file was 101KB.
I just saved the assembly with the parts suppressed and did a Pack & Go. Then reopened the assembly and unsuppressed the components and the assembly was complete again. I guess it does help save some space. I do agree with Steve Calvert and wonder why this would be required given the low cost of disks and other forms of storage.
Hi Steve and Bernie,
Yah, storage are cheap but i'm a one man show we do not have network server. the reason i like to compress the file retaining all the information is that when i send the file to somebody it is faster to upload considering that our Internet speed does not have a blistering speed as others have. Maybe it's not a big deal to others but for me it mean a lot Thanks for giving some ideas i love to try them.
Create a new feature (extrude rectangle) that will encompass your part and save.
That was the other method and probably better suited for this, I did forget about this one. You could also do this and use a configuration to suppress the "Fill Feature" making it easy to Pack&Go as well as others. Thanks Tony!
No problem, I use this when I need to send a file to someone and tell them to suppress the last feature.
I created a new config with everything suppressed, then ticked this box
I'd go with the general consensus here and wonder why you would bother playing with file size. SW2017 has issues with saving normal files as they are and even if you're not using that version why tempt fate? You've got Pack & Go if you want to use it and most forms of data storage these days is as cheap as chips as Bernie has indicated above. If you are concerned about file size from the loading side of things then it's time to look at the hardware I would suggest.
I want to compress the file so that it is faster to be uploaded in the internet for our customer, because we do not have that fast internet speed. I don't want to upload a 800mb file in the net waiting for how many hour before clicking the send.
I'm actually surprised that no one mentioned another way: going completely down with image quality bar - might not reduce size that much (but that depends what the initial settings was).:
it all depends how complicated the part is
Damn, I was just thinking about that. Great catch!
I guess the option with suppressing all in file might be useful with some ppl, but i think it's just too much to unsuppress with big assemblies and plenty of files in it.
Unless someone has a macro that can suppress all features in files, and then unsuppress them.
I'd never suppress all BUT that brings me to another simply solution I'd been thinking about (thanks Alin Vargatu) which is to make a simplified config with just the basic shape of the part and save that config in PDM or where ever so when it's used, it's smaller.
Hmm i never thought this one i like to try it, Machine Capability is not a problem to me, but how to transfer the file fast as possible
There was another option that I used in the (distant) past with AutoCAD files. Do a File > Save as and resave the file under the same name. I tried it on a SW file and was surprised to see a small difference. Perhaps SW is saving the regen information intermediately? I really don't know. This of course is just a simple suggestion, it does not compare with some of the others.
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