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Simple surface model becomes a huge file

Question asked by Rick McWilliams on Apr 28, 2009
Latest reply on Apr 29, 2009 by Rick McWilliams
I am working on the design of a cowling for an amphibious airplane. I have found that boundary surfaces are the most stable and controllable form of loft. This part is composed of a sweep, and two very simple surface lofts, which are knit into solids combined, fillets added, shelled and finally mirrored.

The file begins at about 7MB, after further work it doubles, and doubles again, and has been seen as large as 330MB. Some miserable data structure is growing. What can I do to get it down to a reasonable size?