I'm creating a model of a simple part that has a large rectangular pattern of repetitive holes in it. About 3200.
I could have patterned the holes in the sketch, but i expected that an extrude feature from so many sketch lines could have taken a long time to process, and just imagine the tedious process of selecting every single one of the "loops" to make the holes. I was taught that sketches should be as simple as possible, anyway.
Instead I made one simple feature of one hole (it is a keyhole not a circle) as a sketch and then an extrude, which I patterned. That took a lot of processing but my machine solved it in about 60 seconds. A window popped up recommended that I select "optimized" pattern instead. I tried it, and... well it's still processing that 4 minutes later... now I'm not sure what's so optimized about the optimized pattern.
Anyway, making patterns of anything gets some of the designers around the office quite agitated.
Any opinions in the group here about how best to go about it or suggestions on doing it better?