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Solidworks and RAM

Question asked by Michael Mixa on Aug 11, 2013
Latest reply on Aug 12, 2013 by Jared Conway

Good evening all,

 

I am pretty new to running simulations. I am working on a project that requires us to run some stress analysis on several frames and verify that the lifting eyes and associated hardware will be able to withstand the weight of the frames and all the items mounted on the frames when lifted. In order to save time and processing, I am focusing only on the top portion of the frame and have simplified the frame to the point that if I were to limit this even further, the results would be considered garbage. I am able to mesh the frame, however when I run the simulation the simulation crashes during mid calculation stating that there isn't enough memory for Solidworks to finish running the simulation.

 

However, the thing is my system is pretty robust. I am running Solidworks 2012 64 bit on the following:

 

  • Windows 7, 64 bit
  • Intel Core, i7-3740QM @ 2.70 Ghz
  • 32 GB of RAM

 

I have the task manager running to see the amount of RAM that is being utilized and I noticed that the Solidworks is utilizing 6 GB of RAM at most at the time of crashing. The rest of the 24 GB of RAM is being left untouched even though the program states there isn't enough memory.

 

Does Solidworks have a built in limit to how much memory it can utilize?

 

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

 

Michael Mixa

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