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Offline quigley

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New SolidWorks 2.5 Plug In
« on: October 19, 2013, 05:23:49 am »
Just wanted to say THANK YOU for the new SolidWorks 2.5 Plug In! It seems to have solved the crashing assembly problem - all my assemblies that crashed before now go into Keyshot perfectly.

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Re: New SolidWorks 2.5 Plug In
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2013, 06:06:17 am »
Excellent - thanks for the feedback. Please let us know if there is anything else that needs to be fixed.

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Re: New SolidWorks 2.5 Plug In
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2013, 04:44:36 pm »
Just tested SolidWorks 2.5 on a semi-nasty assembly.  Works like a champ.  Very slow to open a new render and refresh a geometry update, but that's OK.  The Update function is the most critical to me and seems fine.  I always use DnD import anyway.  SW plugin about 20 minutes, DnD about 15 seconds on 32 cores.
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Re: New SolidWorks 2.5 Plug In
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2013, 07:42:40 am »
Yes I'd say the speed of loading is a lot slower than it used to be (by which I mean hitting Render in SolidWorks, then time to start up Keyshot and load the assembly) - not too bad on smaller assemblies but on larger ones you tend to think the app has hung as there is no feedback, but it does always get there.

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Re: New SolidWorks 2.5 Plug In
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2013, 01:12:43 pm »
We will look into this. This may have to do with some changes we made when working with lightweight parts. But it shouldn't take that long.

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Re: New SolidWorks 2.5 Plug In
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2013, 01:26:50 pm »
I doubt that many of us work with lightweight parts or assemblies, unless they are really huge.  Generally, I've found it best to do the final save prior to a KS import with all fully loaded and resolved, and with all material mapping done at the part level- that is, all colors removed at the assembly level.  The more stable and robust the SW model is the better.
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Re: New SolidWorks 2.5 Plug In
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2013, 11:23:10 am »
I don't deliberately work in lightweight mode but it is often switched on automatically due to the size. It causes me no end of issues and try to avoid it where possible

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Re: New SolidWorks 2.5 Plug In
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2013, 02:49:49 pm »
We actually heard about this from a customer. The new plugin - 2.6 - now gives a warning if it detects the lightweight parts. Seems to work quite well. Give it a try.

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Re: New SolidWorks 2.5 Plug In
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2013, 03:50:44 pm »
The best thing is to go to Tools > System Options > Performance, and uncheck "Automatically Load Components Lightweight".  Lightweight is good on assemblies with over 1000 parts or so, but is seldom needed.  You can always choose to load lightweight if needed.
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Re: New SolidWorks 2.5 Plug In
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2013, 12:55:11 pm »
Yes good advice.

Rich