SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 363 - Utilizing LDR

Utilizing LDR:

This podcast covers how to take advantage of the new assembly performance mode for reviewing large assembly data sets without loosing access to necessary tools in SolidWorks. Topics covered:

- Recap of LDR features

- LDR workflow

- How to use LDR for more than just review

- Limitations to features

- Other tips and tricks

Since Large Assembly Review was revealed on stage at last year's SolidWorks World, I wanted to really dig in and see not only how the performance of LDR was, but what limitations and other uses this lightweight power tool had in store.  Although there is a limited toolset, the tools that are available can help in understanding the "big picture" when it comes to the overall project.

Having talked to a few customers that have extremely large top-level assemblies that even their work-horse, 64 bit workstations could not open, were excited to the possibility of not only being able to open but be productive with these projects.  Although LDR has replaced QuickView, a previous method of selectively opening components, there are a number of other methods that can help in large assembly management, none of which have the performance benefits of LDR.

I want to make sure users know about this new mode that SolidWorks has and how to take advantage of the limited toolsets in it to get the most out of those performance-draining large data sets they have.  It would be ashame if this was a feature that fell outside of the user rut we all tend to get into! ~Lou

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SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 326 - Large Assembly Tools

Large Assembly Tools:

This podcast covers a variety of tools built into SolidWorks to help alleviate performance issues related to large assembly modeling.  With 64 bit now being the dominate OS among SolidWorks users, the complexity and scope of designs growing. Topics covered:

- AssemblyXpert

- Open Methods

- Lightweight (options and capabilities)

- Quickview / Selective Open

- Large Assembly Mode

- SpeedPak

As our hardware and software grow in capacity, assemblies have grown and continued to push the envelope of performance.  Although the adoption of 64 bit Windows 7 is growing and now has become the majority, there are still a number of measures we can take in the software to help balance performance vs. capability.

Lightweight mode has been around for a long time and among users it seems to be one of those necessary tools but requires a number of user interventions when certain operations need to be performed, like edits. Over the past years Lightweight mode added to the list of functions that can be done while in this "performance sensitive" mode.

Now with tools like Selective Open and SpeedPak, there are a number of tools now to address these performance hits and can be toggled on/off easily depending on the operations required.  My hope is to see all these tools come together in a similar way as Windows memory management has.  Imagine SolidWorks knows what resources are available and always allows me to operate at the optimum performance for whatever operation needed to be performed.  This appears to be the direction SolidWorks will be taking with it's SolidWorks V6 solution, as most cloud based tools do on the server end. ~Lou

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