How do other software packages compare with large patterns? Creo, Solidedge, Inventor?
Or is it a universal problem with the parasolid kernel?
I have a component pattern with 3000 parts; it takes Solidworks ~5 minutes to complete. Couple this with other large assembly problems and I'm spending about 80% of my day waiting on Solidworks. The pattern's yellow graphical preview pops up instantly. So it is making me think there is a very unoptimized process occurring in the background when Solidworks is adding instances of components to the assembly.