Solidworks Simplified Configurations

Solidworks Simplified Configurations Simplified Configurations

Simplified configurations are used to reduce the amount of data that must be loaded into RAM when the assembly is opened. This configuration should be created so that only the key information about the part is unsuppressed.

What information is important?

  • Mating surfaces
    All surfaces will be needed to mate the part into the assembly. This requires some planning to make sure the correct surfaces are included.
  • Interference surfaces
    All surfaces that show the volume of the part and its boundaries. This information is needed to make sure this part does not interfere with the surrounding parts.

What information is not important?

  • Cosmetic features
    Cosmetic features such as fillets, chamfers, engraving should not be included in a simplified configuration.
  • Detail features
    Small details of the part design are not necessary for the assembly and cause additional problems with graphics performance as they require many small triangles to be formed to display the shaded surface. This is analogous to creating a mesh in FEA.

Naming Simplified Configurations

One very effective way to use simplified configurations is to have an assembly configuration that opens all components in their simplified configuration. This assembly configuration is easy to create when opening an assembly by using an Advanced option because you can select the name of the configuration you wish to open for each component if it exists.

The important thing is that you can select only one configuration name. So you need a company standard for each engineer to create a simplified configuration with the same name. Also remember that capitalization is considered, so Simple and simple are two different configuration names.

The Simplify Tool

One difficulty in creating a simplified configuration is locating and selecting small features. The Simplify command allows the selection of features based on their size relative to the part.

From the Results list, you can individually select features and then click Suppress, or select All and then Suppress to suppress the features found in the Results list. A derived configuration will be created with those features suppressed.

Where to find it:

  • Menu: Tools, Find/Modify, Simplify
  • Tools toolbar: click Simplify