Are there tricks to get Alibre loading big assemblies faster?
If you work with assemblies with sub-assemblies, I have seen big files loading hours.
Try to make liberal use of configurations and suppress sub-assemblies or parts that are not needed. If you open a design that has suppressed parts/sub-assemblies, the data for those suppressed parts/assemblies apparently is not processed, saving time and memory. Of course, when you're ready for the final "render", you still will have to turn them on.
I searched around and saw that you really can't do much in Windows to improve that, but I found this answer useful:
"trying to make any changes in a sectional view of a large assembly is very slow and frustrating. I usually look at the sectional view, make a few measurements, then exit the section view to make changes. Alibre improves the section view behavior with every new release, but there's still much room for improvement here"
YES and very very time consuming. I working on a model that the ASSM file is over 250Meg. in size and it take almost 3 mins to lad then another 2 to 3 mins before I can do any work on it.
I all but gave up on sectional view. I wanted to do a screen shot of sectional view to show the internals. I let it run over night and it was still updating in the morning. To me and only me Alibre can not handle real world models of any complexed.
If there is I'm all ears. It seems I send more time opening large assembly then actually doing drawings. It all seems as the assembly grows so do the constrain errors,which might take several tries to get it to load without errors. The error that gets my goat is 'Geomagic Has Stop Working" message. Which I get a lot these days.
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