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Drawing Documents

Drawings are normally created with the model resolved; that is, all information about the model is available in the drawing document. You can improve performance in creating, opening, and working in drawing documents with the following:

  • Detached Drawings. The model is not loaded into memory. Create when saving drawings. You can add detailing without the model. You are prompted when the model is required. When you load the model, it loads completely. You can save drawings as either resolved or detached, so you can save a detached drawing as a regular drawing and vice versa.

  • Lightweight Drawings.  A subset of model data is loaded into memory; the remaining model data is loaded as needed. In a new drawing, create a lightweight drawing by specifying draft quality views. Opening a lightweight drawing is faster than opening the same drawing with fully resolved models. You can toggle between resolved and lightweight mode while in a drawing. Lightweight is the default mode for Large Assembly Mode.

  • Reduced display data drawing files. Tessellated data for shaded and draft views is not saved with drawing documents when you clear the drawing option, reducing file size. The data is available in the model file.

 

Resolved

Lightweight

Detached

 

 

 

 

Model required

yes

yes

required for some operations

Load, rebuild performance

normal

faster

somewhat slower (load required)

Resolve/load models

always resolved

resolve/lightweight

load completely,
no unload

Memory footprint

high

low

not as low as lightweight

Produce largest SolidWorks assembly drawings

not in all cases

yes

not in all cases

View creation

normal

faster

normal

Appearance

normal

feather on drawing view icon

 axis and highlighting colors different, broken link on drawing icon and view icon

Line font per edge

yes

yes

yes



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