Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How to Improve Solidworks Performance?

Time for tips and tricks again....many will asked question like this

"What are some basic tips to improving SolidWorks performance?"
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So i got this tip from Lorono's Solidworks Resources website and here i will like to share with you on his best practice in improving Solidworks performance...
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Below is the answer:

1) Document access and size:

Store and use related SolidWorks documents from a single folder on a local hard drive. Opening documents from a single folder on a local hard drive is faster and more stable than opening documents scattered across a computer’s hard drive(s), or from over the network. In fact, accessing documents across a network connection can be very slow and unstable.

SolidWorks part models and assemblies may be reduced in file size by using the File>Save As… function to save with the same name. (Further space savings may be realized if the file is saved as a different name, closed [including where-used assemblies], reopened and then Save as… to the original name.)

Another way to reduce the size of SolidWorks files is to use EcoSqueeze, a program that removes nonessential information from saved files. It should be noted that SolidWorks Corp. recommends against using such programs. This program is available under the Utilities category of this website's Downloads section. As with all downloads, use EcoSqueeze at your own risk. (you can download ecosqueeze by clicking the link, but again use at you own risk!!)

2) System and display performance:

Run solid models and assemblies with shaded display turned on. SolidWorks runs quickest in this mode.To force a solid model, assembly model or a drawing to completely rebuild and refresh, use the Ctrl+Q function.

Within the System Options under General, make sure Show thumbnail graphics in Windows Explorer is unchecked. If this item is checked, it will drastically slow down Windows Explorer when showing SolidWorks files.