Who needs IT? Well, in reality we probably all do to some extent. But let’s be honest. IT seldom understands what engineering truly requires. If you and the receptionist have the same computer, you are going to need some help. Here are several tips and tricks that you can do yourself to improve the performance of your SolidWorks. Some of them we have been preaching for years. Some of them may be new to you. Each one will help you performance at least a little. Using all of the following tips should make a noticeable difference.
Here we go.
- Save your files to the most recent version of SolidWorks.
- Move/copy all of your files to your local machine while you are working on them.
- Turn off Real View Graphics.
- Use SpeedPak for your assemblies.
- Reduce your image quality.
- Turn off verification on rebuild.
- Limit external references.
- Turn off all of you add-ins.
- Modify/simplify any parts that you downloaded.
- Only make your sub assemblies flexible if needed.
- Use lightweight assemblies/drawings.
- Use Large Assembly Mode
These are just options inside of SolidWorks that can improve your performance. In addition, there are settings for your computer and operating system that you can modify without needing to call in IT.
But don’t just take my word for it. Here is a link to a fantastic video presentation from SolidWorks World 2011. http://www.solidworks.com/sww/proceedings/proceedings-presentations.htm. Not only will it give you additional steps to improve your performance, but the presenters from Computer Aided Technology, Inc. also quantify how much you gain from taking these and other steps. You will be amazed what a difference it makes.