We are having problems with our large assemblies. A typical machine is5000+ (not unique) parts with lots of subass. Our largest machine is 20.000+ (not unique) parts. This has never been loaded with all parts. I think our pc's are ok, Dell Precision 360, 3 Ghz and 2 gig ram and FX 500. Sw 2004.
They way we work is like this; no in-context parts, except from one, our dummy part which is first part of all our assemblies. This part is used for position parts in sub- assemblies. We found this is the only way we can make top level assemblies. Except from very few parts we do not use configurations. No red mates. Fully defined sketches. And all parts are fully defines. I know that means we sometimes have a mate to much but I have to often that parts are not mated when you think they are. Not any equations. Basically as simple as possible. I have looked at Matt Lombards homepage, thanks Matt, to get the settings right. So I think we do things the best way.
But know we get messages like "SolidWorks cannot obtain enough memory" more and more often. When we open drawings sometimes a view or two is missing. Stuff like that. So we have talked about getting a new expensive pc with newest hardware. That might help us but I think we soon will get the problems back.
So I have been thinking. How do you guys with large assemblies work. Do you make simple parts of every part and simple assembly configurations? Make configurations of assemblies were all mates are suppressed and the fix the parts. Or are there other things you can do?
Kind regards and have a nice weekend