I have now ventured into the world of large incontext assemblies. i.e. My current assembly is over 11,000 parts and 2400 assemblies. Since my largest assemblies prior to this were in the neighborhood of 1800 to 2200 parts and assemblies, I need to get some helpful pointers from people doing large assemblies. I know that several of you do assemblies that make this seem trivial. However, this is the first of many and and it is still growing.
Please send me any advice which (don't assume that I know it already!) that you think would be helpful. That includes hadling large assemblies and drawings.
I don't do curvy stuff.
How do you handle the drawings. I change specific items in a design table (this resizes the entire system) then need to print an entire set of drawings for the customer and for mfg. I need all drawings to update properly. Today I printed a master assembly and found that it was out of date.
I leave that feature checked so that I know if the drawing have updated properly. If you use lightweight drawings do you have to open each drawing and have it set lightweight to resolved prior to printing or is there a setting that will make sure the drawings are up to date?
Also, I made a mistake and asked for a section view today of the assembly. I don't think I'll do that again any time soon.
I don't know what you guys are finding, but I'm impressed with the speed of SW2004. My old assemblies use to give me problems (2000 parts)and with 2004 my problems are just starting (13000+).
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