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Unwritten Pro's & Con's of Lightweight ???

Question asked by Dave Bear on Jul 12, 2017
Latest reply on Jul 12, 2017 by Dave Bear

Hi all,

I've been reading up on the use of assigning parts and sub-assemblies as lightweight within a main assembly. Whilst I understand than a major gain is load time, what I really want to know is if there are any downsides?

For example, given that these parts are not loaded with all of their data in lightweight mode, could a newly inserted part into the overall assembly be successfully mated to a lightweight part, or would it have to be brought back to resolved?

The main assembly is very mechanical (belts, gears, cams etc.), and although my belief is that a flexible part or assembly cannot be assigned as lightweight, can lightweight parts that are mated to flexible parts cause any problems I should be wary of?


I'm basically just after any unwritten heads-up from anybody who uses lightweight a lot on mechanical projects before I proceed on my main assembly.


Best regards,