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How best to simulate wire shelving w/o using solids?

Question asked by Jeffrey Model on Feb 2, 2019
Latest reply on Feb 4, 2019 by Rich Fagioli

I'm working on a basic layout of a workshop which has a bunch of metro racks in it. It's a pretty simple model, but the wire shelves from the racks are modeled as solids and that is bringing the polygon count close to 2 million and Visualize is choking on the model as a result.

 

Is there a good way to replicate the shelves without using solids? I see there are some mesh appearances available in the cloud. Is there something along those lines which I could use?

 

I don't think I'm running into a hardware limit as the CPU mostly sits under 20% utilization, Visualize doesn't seem to grab much more than 20GB of RAM, and my SSD sits idle. I just get the spinning ring for 20 minutes while Visualize tries to open the file.

 

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It actually gets hung up at significantly under the utilization mentioned above. Here it is hung up trying to save the model immediately after I opened the SW native:

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