SOLIDWORKS FREEZE OPTION to FREEZE YOUR DESIGN

We can make use of this Freeze option to reduce the rebuild time as well Design Cycle Time. We can concentrate on required features and move on the design where we can consolidate at the end.

How to turn on Freeze in SOLIDWORKS 2012:

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The yellow freeze bar appears near the top of the Feature Manager design tree, under the part name.

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The freeze bar controls the point at which a part’s Feature Manager design tree rebuilds. Features above the freeze bar are frozen – you cannot edit them, and they are excluded from rebuilds of the model. Freezing a portion of a model can be useful if you work with complex models with many features. Freezing the features helps to:

  • Reduce rebuild time
  • Prevent unintentional changes to the model

Feature Freeze prevents the geometry of frozen features from being rebuilt. However, you might still experience long rebuild times due to other processes that are not addressed by Feature Freeze. Examples of potentially time-consuming processes not addressed by Feature Freeze:

  • Updating display appearances, especially on very large patterns
  • Updating complex DimXpert dimension and tolerance schemes
  • Updating the graphics (tessellation data) of very large, complex parts

To freeze features:

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2. Drag the freeze bar down below the last feature you want to freeze. When the freeze bar is at the top of      the tree, you can also right-click a feature and click Freeze to freeze that feature and all features above      it in the Feature Manager design tree.

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The freeze bar shortcut menu provides commands for moving the freeze bar, controlling rebuilds, and controlling part rebuild indicators. Right-click the freeze bar to access these commands:

  • Changes to an external base part that is used to create geometry in the part containing the frozen features.

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