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problems with blocks

Question asked by 1-G7QGY2 on Jun 3, 2009
Latest reply on Jan 17, 2011 by 1-VQOTE7

I am trying to move the creation of Elecrical and P&ID drawings into Solidworks. I have created the blocks (very simple ones) that we need but using blocks really slows my system, generates huge files, and moving the blocks for modification or editing is a real problem. In AutoCAD and VectorWorks I can GROUP lines together and move or copy them as that group - cleanly. The only thing I can find in SW is BLOCK. I have contacted our VAR about this (several times) but they have no alternative, to blocks, to suggest. I have kept my Feature Manager Blocks clean and up-to-date but that doesn't really solve the problem. The 'schematics' are very simple and a very small file size.

I would build a long stack of blocks (squares with a number or symbol) to represent a terminal block. Trying to insert a new block in the middle can 'crash' the whole thing -block text sizes change, squares change size. In the 'schematic' it can be hard to move blocks - they get locked to some other part of the drawing and everything changes, moves or somehow gets screwed up. And then the file is so huge that any command seems to take forever.

Does anyone have a suggestion on how to create simple symbols/groups for drawings in SW DRAWING that are quick and easy to move/use and take up little file space?

If we can't do something better than SW blocks I'll have to go back to ACAD or Vectorworks- and I really don't want to. We are now creating our entire product assembly in SW and want these very simple drawing files to also be in SW but these problems are driving us away.

Thanks for your time.