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Configuration Issues in Large Assemblies

Question asked by Stephen Lapic on Aug 28, 2015
Latest reply on Aug 28, 2015 by Mark Kaiser

Several issues are being experienced when working in large assemblies containing many copies of the same part, multiple configurations, sub-assemblies, and virtual files. Solidworks may be pulling bits and pieces from one configuration, and applying it to another configuration, especially on virtual files. Files that have been made virtual also display the incorrect
configuration occasionally. Exploded views may show up on configurations that do not contain exploded views. Large assemblies tend to bog down once configurations are created. Things bog down further when a drawing is created and begins to  pull more than 1 configuration.


What are some suggestions to help performance issues in large assemblies? What assemblies techniques tend to strain Solidworks more? Does making more parts and/or sub-assemblies virtual help increase or decrease performance? Using lightweight assembly mode has not made a difference in performance in my particular situation.