Saving a DriveWorks 3D File from SOLIDWORKS is easy but it can have an impact on performance. In this topic we are going to look at how to make these files more efficient.
The tips in this topic will make 3D files smaller, more efficient and quicker to load.
Please note the following when exporting sheet metal components as .drive3d files.
Your Documents Image Quality has an effect on DriveWorks 3D Files when they are saved from SOLIDWORKS.
A higher image quality will create more triangles and more data within the Part. This data is then saved to the DriveWorks 3D File. Reducing the number of triangles (quality) will reduce the DriveWorks 3D File size and your Part size.
The following shows a Sphere at varying qualities. Note the file size difference as the quality is decreased.
|9,275 KB||468 KB||34 KB|
The main reason for this file size increase is due to the number of triangles in the model that have to be saved. Here is how each model appears in DriveWorks.
You can visibly see the difference in the number of triangles that are saved.
You need to make a decision on how detailed you want your models. There is a trade between performance and detail. You need to find a balance between the two to get the most out of DriveWorks 3D.
It gets to a point with detail where you visibly see no difference from one model to the next. Notice how the Medium model looks almost identical to the High resolution model.