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Is there a faster way to combine a large number of patterned geometry?

Question asked by Huang Huan on Dec 17, 2014
Latest reply on Dec 17, 2014 by Robert D.

Hi everyone. I use solidworks to model a faceted reflector for optical purpose. Please refer to the attached image for a glimpse of the reflector. The solidworks part model is also attached.

 

As shown in the picture, the many facets of the reflector are modeled with spheres. I use sketch-pattern feature to create 1600 spheres, and then combine them. The time taken by sketch-pattern is quite short. What's really slow is the boolean combination process, which takes about 1.5 minutes.

 

So my question is: is there a faster way to combine such a large number of patterned geometry? Or is there a faster way to model the many facets of the reflector? Thank you.

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