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BuildIT

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FARO® Knowledge Base

Working with Large Models in BuildIT Projector

Overview

Working with large CAD models can present processing challenges for any computer. However, if you are working with a very large model or an under-powered computer like a Microsoft Surface, you can reduce the size of the CAD model within BuildIT for a smoother and more responsive interaction.

Minimum and recommended hardware and software requirements for FARO® BuildIT products are available here: Computer System Requirements

Hiding and Deleting Surfaces by Size

Build has many methods for selecting CAD geometry, the "Put in NoShow by Size" function is particularly useful when working with CAD models that contain large amounts of detail features such as filets, chamfers, and small holes that are not critical or needed for analysis.

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  1. From the View menu, select Put in NoShow by Size buildit-Put_in_NoShow_by_Size.jpg
     
  2. In the Command window, Select click the ALL button to select all surfaces.
     
  3. Enter a Surface area threshold value in the field provided.
    This value used to define the area of a circle, that is then used to verify against the surface area of selected entities. The value entered will assume the CAD model units (e.g. mm2, in2, etc.)
  4. Check the Area smaller than threshold radio button and click Apply ApplyIcon.png

All surfaces smaller than the specified threshold will be hidden from display. Depending on the number of surfaces selected, this should reduce the load on your computer and improve performance.

For an additional performance gain, you may also delete (if no longer needed) all the hidden surfaces using the Object Manager.

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  1. Switch to the Manager window.
     
  2. Enter the tags @Surfaces @NoShow.
     
  3. Click the + button to select all surfaces that match these tags.
     
  4. Click the Trash icon or press the Delete key on your keyboard to delete the selected surfaces.

All selected surfaces will now be deleted and removed from memory to further reduce the load on your computer and improve performance.

 

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