Long winded I know but I just feel as if there is a solution I’m missing.
I’ve perused and posted for a bit now here and I’m still being asked in my profession to create rough sketches of buildings to show as concept and also to evaluate re-modeling options. These buildings will always be warehouses. The nature of the warehouse business means thousands of orders a day which means a lot of repeatable things, like walls, workstations, and pallet racking!
In the beginning I would make one bay of racking, and group or component it, then copy, move array it to make my full aisle. This immediately killed my PC, and I couldn’t do much in the model like moving the racking or just orbiting if I even got past it crashing. Company bought a new PC and it now won’t crash but is still very slow.
I know rendering all the rack at the same time isn’t the best idea, but if I ever had to move an aisle it is very slow. Below I just try to show operating before DC’s.
After this I asked a question to the forums and a great user sjdorst helped me and recommended DC’s. He even spent a lot of effort on a component for my use. RackAisleWithBeamDetail.skp (678.8 KB)
This introduced me to DC’s and how effective they can be. Also recommended was a outline box which would help reduce the poly count so I could create all these boxes over/instead the racking and then later at a render time or with more completeness, I swap it over to the detail look. This component has that functionality.
Also learned how “Copies” and “Copy” work within DC’s. Which leads me to my problem. Warehouses always have at least 10-20 aisles of racking that can be 20 bays long, 2 beams/bay. Already getting into the 800-1000+ beam count.
Like I said earlier sjdorst recommended a box outline that will help with processing. This works well as a feature.
However, when I try to change the number of bays within the options. It still takes a very long time. Like I said earlier, it was only 30 - 60 seconds / aisle on the first couple. And has progressively gotten to 5-10 minutes / aisle or just crashing. If I have to do this on the remaining 25+ aisles, it’ll be 2-3 hours which just won’t be feasible to sit her doing nothing else.
I thought that as a box, it would only have to create the box, but it seems to be creating all sub-components of the more detailed state. My In Model components list has all the detailed beams within.
My question is, is there a best practice to way to continue making a lot of components and not make my computer freeze? Why if it only is visibly boxes does it take so long? Calculations, attributes, subcomponents?
Also, why would Beam Detailed####### show up in the components if it as actually just boxes to my eyes?
Thanks for reading!