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Emboss function slows down my laptop?!

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02-20-2014 06:36 PM
I am using Inventor 2013, on a HP Elitebook 8570w. I suppose the spec should allow me to run inventor smoothly, but every time I use the emboss function, the laptop takes forever to edit sketch, dimensioning for the emboss. Could anyone please tell me if it's the issue of the laptop or the function?! Would really appreciate it.
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Re: Emboss function slows down my laptop?!

02-20-2014 08:12 PM in reply to: auto_pilot

Much depends on the complexity of the sketch and the surface(s) you are embossing to.  Imported DXF or other CAD geometry in a sketch can often hold thousands of small line segments instead of arcs and circles - which can cause huge delays in an emboss.  If you try embossing something like this (or even a complex Inventor-created sketch onto a set of complex faces, it'll probably be even slower.

 

Alternatively, try my latest cure-all-slowness-issues by disabling Hyper-threading in the computers BIOS.

Peter
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Re: Emboss function slows down my laptop?!

02-20-2014 09:18 PM in reply to: pcrawley
Hi Peter,
Thanks for your reply.

I am only doing engraving on a simple extruded pipe, thus I didn't think it should slow me down. I will try your suggestion and see what happens. Thanks very much.
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Re: Emboss function slows down my laptop?!

02-20-2014 09:55 PM in reply to: auto_pilot

You could post your part file here?  I'm sure others will try it and let you know how fast it works for them.  

There might be something else causing the problem.

Peter
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Re: Emboss function slows down my laptop?!

02-22-2014 02:49 PM in reply to: auto_pilot

Hi Peter,

 

The file is nothing more than a simple pipe with words engraved around the surface, but it is 55Mb. So I couldn't upload it.Is it normal that an engraved part takes up a lot of memory on Inventor? Because I started a new file and drew a pipe and put some engravings, it gets very slow too.

I will upload a tril file soon

 

Thanks heaps!

 

 

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Re: Emboss function slows down my laptop?!

02-22-2014 03:19 PM in reply to: auto_pilot

It's hard to know why it's so slow, but I suspect it's something simple like the font you are using.

 

There are a number of fonts that are nice and "square" (straight lines - no curves) - and then there are the "pretty" fonts that'll kill the performance of any machine when you start embossing.

 

Example of a good font would be Txt_IV25

Example of a bad font would be CityBlueprint

 

I just tried a sample of 4 letters embossed into a tube:

Using Txt_IV25 - filesize = 276kb

Using CityBlueprint - filesize = 500kb

 

Which fon't are you using and how much text are you trying to emboss?  If the file is 55MB, it sounds like a thesis written in CityBlueprint ;-)

 

To reduce the filesize of a part, drag the "End of Part" marker up above the first feature and save it.

Peter
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Re: Emboss function slows down my laptop?!

02-23-2014 03:19 AM in reply to: pcrawley

As I understand it, emboss is by nature resource-hungry and best avoided unless necessary. Extrude is better.

 

Before I have offset/thickened my face with a surface at 1mm and then extruded between the 2 surfaces. Although this does alter the geometry slightly, as it does not wrap to the surface, but projects onto it. Then again, if you had to extrude between 2 surfaces with a taper on the extrude....

 

Or maybe do a 2d sketch with the letters and then do a 3d sketch and project the letters to the face, then thicken the letters. Crazy talk I know, I'll stop now.

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Re: Emboss function slows down my laptop?!

02-23-2014 12:16 PM in reply to: auto_pilot

auto_pilot wrote:

The file is nothing more than a simple pipe with words engraved around the surface, but it is 55Mb.   


I cannot imagine any single part file in Inventor that is "simple" and 55MB.
Did you roll up the EOP.

 

I rarely use Emboss - there is usually a better way.

Surley, surely,surely you an create a much more simple example file that exhibits what you are trying to do and attach it here.

 

Find the red End of Part marker in the browser.
(End of Folded on sheet metal parts EOF)
Drag the red EOP to the top of the browser hiding all features.

Save the file with the EOP in a rolled up state.

Right click on the file name and select Send to Compressed (zipped) Folder.

Attach the resulting *.zip file here.

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Re: Emboss function slows down my laptop?!

02-23-2014 12:24 PM in reply to: JDMather

:smileyhappy:  I think that's the point... It's because it's 55MB it's sooooooo slow.  

If he submits a "simple" file - it'll be as quick as we know it should be.

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Re: Emboss function slows down my laptop?!

02-23-2014 01:04 PM in reply to: pcrawley

pcrawley wrote:

:smileyhappy:  I think that's the point... It's because it's 55MB it's sooooooo slow.  

If he submits a "simple" file - it'll be as quick as we know it should be.


..............Then I can demonstrate how I would do the part to speed things up.
As it is, I can only guess what might be done.  Not even a screen capture....

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