This is essentially a repost from a previous post on my Wall Plugin thread:
I’ve been thinking about the parametric ability of the plugin and the fact that manual edits to the plugin geometry are for the most part discouraged since they will be blown away when the wall panel is updated by the plugin.
With that in mind does it really make sense to use components rather than groups, even for wall studs?
Components are essentially the same thing as groups and actually involve more overhead and hence a heavier model.
I’ve noticed that groups (when copied) are actually using the same definition, so in a sense they are acting like components. Also components have a thumbnail generated which involve more overhead.
Is there a compelling reason why I am using components vs. groups?
Each instance name (stud) will have a unique name associated with it in the model, whether I utilize group or component.