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Simplifying a model

Question asked by Justin Martin on Oct 1, 2019
Latest reply on Oct 7, 2019 by Paul Salvador

Hey guys, 


This might be a super novice question.


I am modeling an airplane, and have an engine I need to use to design a cowling around. The engine is very complex (air cooled, pushrod, etc), so it has lots of faces. 


Even though I went through and deleted all non essential faces and parts, it still is pretty conplicated.


Is there a way to save or export it as one solid part? 


My computer is struggling with commands like move or translate when insert the engine into my aircraft as a part. Any time I try to move or translate, and I try to highlight/select the entire engine, it sits there for about 5+ min trying to select all the faces. However, once it is in place, it doesnt big down my system at all. I can rotate, zoom, etc with no noticable degradation in performance.


Any ideas?