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Assembly Options

Fast Locate When Over PathFinder

To help reduce the system demand, you can instruct Solid Edge not to highlight the part or assembly when over them in the partfinder (product structure)

When you set this option, the name of the assembly component is still displayed in the message field, but it does not highlight in the graphic window. When you click the component in Assembly PathFinder, it is displayed in the graphic window using the Select color. Setting this option improves the performance when moving the cursor within Assembly PathFinder and can be useful when working with large assemblies.

When you clear this option, components are highlighted in the graphic window when you pass the cursor over them in Assembly PathFinder. This can slow the performance when moving the cursor within Assembly PathFinder, especially when working in large assemblies.

Fast Locate Using Box Display for Assemblies

When assemblies are select, range box is highlight and display instead of the edge of the part contain in the assembly. If parts are select directly the edges of the part are highlight. You should consider setting this option when working with large assemblies.

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Fast Locate Using Box Display for Parts

Same behavior has the previous one but this time apply to part also. When select parts are show In the assembly using a rectangular range box (A) instead of the graphic display elements of the geometry (B). Setting this option improves the display performance when highlighting and selecting components in an assembly. You should consider setting this option when working with large assemblies.

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Inactivate Hidden and Unused Components Every XXX Minutes

Specifies that components which are hidden or have not been used in the allotted time will be automatically inactivated to reduce memory usage. When you click the Select Tool command after the time limit expires, the components are checked for usage and the time limit restarts.

For example, if you set the timer to 120 minutes, then work in the assembly, the next time you click the Select Tool command after the time limit expires, any components which are hidden or have not been used will be automatically inactivated. A message is also displayed to explain that the unused or hidden components have been inactivated. The symbols in Assembly PathFinder for the affected components also change to indicate the components are inactive. Any components which have been used for the following list of operations are ignored.

To preserve data integrity, certain operations you perform in an assembly will prevent parts from being automatically inactivated. For example, if you perform any of the following operations on a component after the time limit starts, the component will remain active when the current time limit expires:

  • Activate a component
  • Apply a relationship using the component.
  • Select the component using the measurement commands on the Inspect menu.
  • Define an associative link using the component.
  • In-place activates a part without saving it.

This option is useful when working with large assemblies. For more information on working with large assemblies, see the Working with Large Assemblies Efficiently Help topic.

Many designers stay away from automatic behaviour, so the same behaviour could be done manually. Go to Home» view »unload hidden part. But my experience supervising desinger told me that they are more likely to forget saving they work regulary JJJ

Getting use to work with automatic setting could save you a lot…..

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