The time it takes to generate parts, assemblies and drawings is dependent on SOLIDWORKS.
However, there are some settings that can be applied that will help to make model generation as performant as possible.
SOLIDWORKS System Options
Please ensure the recommended settings, outlined in the topic SOLIDWORKS System Options, are maintained on each machine that will generate SOLIDWORKS files.
There are many modeling techniques available that will all arrive at the same result.
However, some methods are more efficient than others.
As a rule, keep models as streamlined as possible, avoid overloading models and set the master models to be the most commonly configured sizes.
This will allow DriveWorks to perform the minimum modifications to the models and therefore be quicker in doing so.
Suppression and deletion can be time consuming as SOLIDWORKS will attempt to recalculate the component(s) whenever a change is made.
When a part has many features that are suppressed or deleted, explore if utilizing a more streamlined Replacement Model is a more suitable method.
The quality SOLIDWORKS renders curved surfaces (for models) and displays model edges (in drawings) will impact model generation performance dramatically.
These settings determine how many triangles make up each face of the model.
Reducing the Image Quality of your SOLIDWORKS Models will decrease file size and the workload on a machines graphics card.
This will improve loading and generation time of each file.
Open the captured SolidWorks file, and:
When cleared, file size is reduced (often significantly), but the model is not displayed when the file is opened in view-only mode or eDrawings Viewer.
The following display effects can add additional strain on a graphics card:
Turning these options off or having them on a reduced level setting can help improve generation time as models will open and save quicker.
When DriveWorks generates the SOLIDWORKS outputs it will use the current window sizing.
When generating automatically, through Autopilot, the last open window size will be used.
Making the SolidWorks window much smaller than the maximized setting has a positive effect on generation performance.
The following settings, applied in DriveWorks, will also help with model generation performance.
To access DriveWorks settings please see Settings.
Ensure the setting Batch delete instances and components is enabled.
This can have a very significant impact on model generation time.
Batch delete will allow DriveWorks to select all the elements and delete them in a single command.
This is more performant than individually selecting each element and deleting.
Reduce the reporting level to Minimal, reporting on every action will add to the generation time.
The higher reporting levels (Normal and Verbose) should be used during testing only.
Model Generation Reporting Level is required to be set on each machine that can generate models.
The health of SOLIDWORKS can cause performance issues if the current session has been active for a long period or many files have been generated.
DriveWorks Autopilot has some specific settings for restoring the health of SOLIDWORKS.
Restart SOLIDWORKS after...
This allows SOLIDWORKS to release its short-term memory.
We recommend setting this to 15 models as a starting point.
This may need to increase if smaller, more efficient component sets are being generated.
It may need to decrease if larger more laborious component sets are being generated.
Further DriveWorks Autopilot modules can be added to increase throughput from Specifications that have been made.
Additionally, DriveWorks Autopilot has the ability to target component sets that have had a Tag applied.
This can help manage model generation when two or more DriveWorks Autopilot are available.
For example, tagging component sets will allow a specific Autopilot to be responsible for generating models from a specific User or Team.