New in SolidWorks 2012: Reduce Rebuild Times With Feature Freeze

A new enhancement for SolidWorks 2012 that created a lot of excitement at SolidWorks World is something we're calling Feature Freeze, which lets you control whether specific features will rebuild or not. Additional features can be added without having to rebuild earlier ones, and at any point, features can be unfrozen.

You can freeze features to exclude them from rebuilds of the model. 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. This helps to reduce rebuild times and prevent unintentional changes to the model.
Visit our SolidWorks 2012 website to learn more about Feature Freeze and all of the other enhancements included in the 20th release of SolidWorks.

Matthew West

SolidWorks alumnus. I like plate reverb, Rat pedals, Thai curry, New Weird fiction, my kids, Vespas, Jazzmasters, my wife & Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not necessarily in that order.