3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 6, 2017 1:42 PM by Matthew Bradford

    Part grouping question: Import "bodies" instead of all faces? (Beginner)

    Matthew Bradford

      New guy here. We have a lot or models that never have material/colors applied, so a lot of the part grouping methods don't work for me.


      "Retain Structure" works really well!... except things really slow down having every single face separated out.

      I'm also aware i can click a body, and merge it, eliminating all the faces, but that takes over a minute on some of the parts I'm dealing with, and I would have to do that a dozen times.

      Any tips?



        • Re: Part grouping question: Import "bodies" instead of all faces? (Beginner)
          Bill Toft

          My suggestion is to take the time to apply materials & appearances to the SolidWorks parts. The advantage is that the parts will probably be used in several assemblies, so this is a one-time task. (You can also configure those appearances at the part level.)

          Now, when you import the model into Visualize, the appearance grouping will be possible. Now it is easy to tweak the appearances in Visualize.

          Tip: If your part has several materials/appearances, make it a multi-body part, or you can apply appearances to faces, etc.

          Because Visualize is linked to the model, later changes in SolidWorks will be tracked.

            • Re: Part grouping question: Import "bodies" instead of all faces? (Beginner)
              Ron Bates

              Matthew - despite the tool-tip indicating it is specific to alias .wire files, you should give "Group/Appearance" a try.  It's not perfect, but does an OK job in some cases of retaining your SW model hierarchy, without going down to the level of every single face as Retain Structure does...which is problematic in terms of how large the tree can grow and it's impact on overall performance.


              I can say we are looking to make some improvements, specifically for SW datasets, such that the SW model tree can be precisely maintained regardless of appearance assignments.  I can't say when, but this is a high priority item on our radar.

                • Re: Part grouping question: Import "bodies" instead of all faces? (Beginner)
                  Matthew Bradford

                  I've been playing around off and on for a couple weeks and have made some decent progress recently.


                  Basically, my problem was stemming from the fact that I was exporting large assemblies out as Part files first, then importing to Visualize. I thought doing so would simplify the models, but it turns out Visualize handles our large assemblies much better than I thought.


                  Seems like when I import the assemblies, the "automatic" setting actually works just fine. So this was pretty much on me, I believe!


                  Thanks for the response