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Importing referenced geometry, leave as imported body or run FeatureWorks

Question asked by Chris Manger on Nov 25, 2013
Latest reply on Dec 1, 2013 by Lenny Bucholz

We import a lot of data for use as reference geometry, purchased parts like sprockets, motors, plumbing fittings, etc.   What are the best practices for handling files like this?   Is it best to leave it as an Imported Body or should we be running the Import Diagnostic tool FeatureWorks?    I ran some test on a rather complex imported body.

 

Single imported body:

Feature Stats:  1 Feature, 1 Solid, 0 Surfaces, Total rebuild time: 0.03 sec

 

After running Import Diagnostics (Automatic):

Feature Stats:  108 Features, 1 Solid, 0 Surfaces, Total rebuilld time: 7.61 sec

 

From the stats, it looks like its best to leave these files as a single imported body.   To further reduce the rebuild time, these parts can be frozen with the Freeze tool.

 

Any cons in doing this?

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