In the Feature Manager and Search Settings there are settings that can be adjusted to improve SOLIDWORKS performance.
- [Instructor] When we're trying to increase our performance in SolidWorks, it also helps to adjust some of the FeatureManager and search settings in the system's options. So let's go up to systems options and take a look at that. So going to the FeatureManager, there's not a lot to adjust here, but I wanted to highlight a few things. First, everybody should be using the Enable FeatureManager tree filter. Now when you have an assembly open, this option is automatically locked, and you can see that I have it on.
And what that means is that when I have an assembly here, if I'm trying to look through a long list of parts, and I'm not sure where it is or what assembly it's in, I can just use the search filter here, just start typing in some text, and it'll isolate the potential parts that I'm looking for. So that definitely increases your productivity when you're trying to look through massive assemblies and you only know what the part number is, or the part name is. You can even put partial names in here, like cylinder, and it'll find all the parts that have that name in it.
So you want to keep that on. It's definitely going to keep everything moving along a lot faster. So back here in the FeatureManager options, we also want to uncheck the use of transparent flyout FeatureManager tree in parts/assemblies. This is actually going to speed up your processes a little bit. And the last thing that you can do, and it doesn't really affect your speed, but might affect your view and what you're working with on the screen, is hide or show tree items. So right here I've got History, Sensor, Annotations, Front, Top, Right and Origin.
I believe everybody gets this by default. But if you don't need that, you can go in and hide the history. Maybe you're not using annotations, so I can hide that as well. And let's say you're feeling crazy and you want to hide your origin, you can do that, as well. So I hit OK, and you can see I've got a simpler feature tree over here. But if you decide that you want to change it, you just go right back into the FeatureManager and you can turn everything back on. If you have solid bodies or surface bodies that you're trying to find and they don't show up here, it may be that this option has been selected to hidden, so come in here and check that out, and that's going to get you back on track pretty quickly.
So when you're done, you just hit OK, and all your settings have been accepted.
- How your workstation's hardware functions
- Adjusting System Options settings
- Modeling best practices
- Creating custom configurations
- Fixing your assemblies
- Using SpeedPak
- Increasing modeling performance with Instant2D and Instant3D