I'm having an issue with a large project, and although I found a workaround, it's not ideal and I'd like to have a better understand of what is happening.
I've checked a lot of blender crash issues but I couldn't find anything related to this specific situation (it doesn't look like a crash, since it just closes).
I'm working on a complex architecture scene with more than 20 apartments, I got the original file from ArchiCad (or another BIM software) exported as an .obj, and I had no problem importing or whatever, I've been working on it for a couple of months now.
What I'm doing is mostly optimize geometry and UVs, then import each part to UE4 for real time rendering and VR. (just to let you know I'm not rendering in blender).
Due to the complexity of what I want to achieve in UE4, I have to work "on all fronts" and tend to keep different things on different layers, let's say:
- 1 - Keep the original models there (4.7M tris)
- 2 - the original models with intended location and rotation (4.7M tris)
- 3 and 4 - mix of the models I'm optimizing (maybe 2M tris)
- 5, 6, 7 - Junk and not so important parts that might still be useful.
I work almost all the time with layer 3 and 4 on, sometimes I go back and forth to layer 2 to get specific details.
Now, what happens? Blender crashes very often in these situations:
- 1 - opening the project file - it doesn't open, it closes blender immediately.
- 2 - leaving the local view - blender closes immediately.
- 3 - other things like right clicking objects in wireframe mode (doesn't happen very often), let's keep this one as a side note.
I haven't found a solution but here's what I managed to do to be able to work on the file:
Most of the time I can open the file if I left it in local view, I made every object in every layer invisible and then I could leave local view just fine, and make objects visible again, HOWEVER, it still crashed a couple of times doing that.
I got all the objects visible again while in layer 3 and 4, but then I switched to layer 1 again and blender closed again. Then I tested again and it didn't crash.
My knowledge of what is happening is very limited (I know how to drive a car, I know nothing about mechanics or how to build one). But I'm assuming it is something related with this "loading" and "reloading" of geometry, as if it doesn't take its time to load, it just gives up and closes.
Some final notes:
It's a high end PC with i7-5960X@3.0GHz, 64GB ram, 2xSSD, GTX1080
latest Blender version, does not happen with any other project (much less complex)
Updated Windows 10, updated drivers
It doesn't look like a corrupted blend file, I've had that before, doesn't look the same.
I can't share the file.
The file is 1.1GB
I hope I'm providing useful and accurate information, this started happening a couple of weeks ago, and it's hard to keep track of everything that happens, let me know what other information I may provide.
If possible, I'll try and test it on my home computer and see if I have different results.
Thank you for your time and patience, appreciate your help.