In this tutorial you'll find how to reduce the CPU usage using Lightweight Components.
You can load an assembly with its active components fully resolved or lightweight. Both parts and sub-assemblies can be lightweight.
You can improve performance of large assemblies significantly by using lightweight components. Loading an assembly with lightweight components is faster than loading the same assembly with fully resolved components. Assemblies with lightweight components rebuild faster because less data is evaluated.
To set a component to be Lightweight, right-click on the top member on the tree and choose Set Resolved to Lightweight.
And there's another option that let you set only a component to be Lightweight from an assembly.
Just right-click on the desired component and choose Set Resolved to Lightweight.
When a component is lightweight, a feather appears on the component icon in the FeatureManager design tree.
To return back to the previous state, right-click on the Lightweight component and choose Set Lightweight to Resolved from the menu.
You can perform the following assembly operations on lightweight components without resolving them:
- Add/remove mates
- Edge/face/component selection
- Assembly features
- Section properties
- Mass properties
- Exploded views
- Physical simulation
- Interference detection
- Collision detection
- Assembly reference geometry
- Section views
- Advanced component selection
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There is an option that let you hide chamfers,fillets and other features that you can specify, and that's the Simplify Command.Use this to reduce the SolidWorks cpu usage.
On my opinion all parts must exclude fillets and chamfers, weldbeads - make a that kind of configuration. It's not a problem to see in assy mode, but problem come when you wish to make a drawing of that kind of assembly. My current work consist over 35000 pieces - fasteners not included , I'm not to unsupressed all assyis subassyis and patterns. If I do, I estimate over 50000 pieces. Number of parts rapidly growing when you use a features in assy mode as linear or circular or feature multiplying patterns of parts.