If I have a huge assembly and hide parts will the memory and calculations done by solidworks decrease?
I think you need to do 'Unload Hidden Components' to see the difference (after Hide components > press RMB on top assy in Feature Manager tree and select 'Unload Hidden Components'). Please have a try.
No, but suppressing them will. You could also look at using Large Assy Mode, or Speedpack, or using simplified configs of sub-assys and parts.
Are you using sub-assemblies? I have some fairly complex assemblies, but the main assembly often only contains up to 5 or 6 top-level sub-assemblies, with several levels of sub-assemblies in them, and a few linear patterns. Using sub-assemblies helps quite a bit.
No thats what I have learned if you use sub assemblies then load will decrease but if you assmble everything in one one assemble it will be hard. My work is conceptual so unfortuantely assembly is build and parts are redesigned based on dimensions derived from main assembly. Which causes Solidworks to greatly slow down
I saw a screenshot of your helicopter on another discussion. If that's all single parts with no sub-assemblies then I can see why it's slow. But please don't get me wrong, it looks great.
Yeah once I reach this point then each mate and each part will take like 10 seconds to work. I need better computer
Andi H wrote: Yeah once I reach this point then each mate and each part will take like 10 seconds to work. I need better computer
Andi H wrote:
That leads into a very telling question ... what are you current computer specs?
For concept work you may want to try using a multi-body part.
Another alternative is to create Virtual Components within an assy.
I hate that way of modeling. its too messy
You need to be more open minded to different techniques or you will be fighting SolidWorks all the time. Not to mention annoying people who are trying to help you based on years of experience with the software.
There are many ways to get things done in SolidWorks and your techniques will change based on the needs of the current task. Techniques will also change as you learn more and gain more insight into how best to use SolidWorks.
We suggest techniques based on experience. Your assembly is not that large. But if you are using non-optimal model practices to manage the top level you will struggle with performance even in a smaller assembly. You can bring the most powerful computer to its knees with poor modeling practices.
If I opened your model and saw all those parts in the top level assembly I would be kicking it back to you to organize into logical sub-assemblies. You can do top down design with sub-assemblies with proper techniques. Just because it is a concept model does not get you off the hook for not using good technique.
Just an observation....
Keep asking your questions.... You have some great looking work. Just heed the advice of those with heaps of experience.
I understand perfectly well and I know how solidworks works and how its easier to manage and to work not to mention is faster with sub assemblies but heres the thing. This was modeled from scratch. I didnt have the necessary dimensions for each part to work correctly. So what I do is trying to reverse engineer from scratch and I use the assembly mode to help me dirive the necessary dimensions for the parts to work.
So the Gears were designed based on given number of teeth and center to center distance given by assembly. If I had sub assemblies this would be even more complicated. you see the problem now. This is conceptual design perfected in the assembly mode.
what I will do is this. I will model part with estimated dimensions based by eye images or what dimensions are given then I will load everything in assembly and get the necessary dimensions and so each part will fit and work correctly Im not that knowledgable on tolerances I try to work on them too based on what I know. The model gets constantly updated and refined untill all the parts work correctly. You cant see it here but the aligment and the rotor control for the main blades were modified alot untill all the mates worked correctly and the parts were aligned correctly. It would be nice if CAD dimensins were given but this is the only possible way this can be done. Hence my problem with slow Solidworks. now I have to wait 30 seconds for 1 mate
Andi H wrote: So the Gears were designed based on given number of teeth and center to center distance given by assembly. If I had sub assemblies this would be even more complicated. you see the problem now. This is conceptual design perfected in the assembly mode.
you know you can use toolbox to make the gears and then you don't have external relations to other parts, even in concepts we use what is already made to make this easier on us\you to build.
even free software to help you make the gear... http://www.bing.com/search?q=Gear+Drawing+Generator&FORM=QSRE1
I was going crazy trying to figure out gears. but the thing is you have to design gears based on certain Modules. I happen to come acorss Gear Trax that will allow me to create very accurate gears and slighly alter me design so all the gears fit and mesh correctly. Very very nice plugin Gear Trax 2013
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