TopSolid 7 – Create an exploded assembly and document it!

Exploded assemblies in TopSolid

In this video tutorial series (10 videos), you will learn how to create an exploded assembly within TopSolid 7.  You will also learn how to create a mounting animation.  Mounting animations are a great way to show an animation of how to assemble or disassemble your assembly.  Finally, you will be shown how to create a drafting document where you get to use your mounting stages and full exploded assembly to document the steps needed to assemble your project.

Samples

Following is the download link for the sample data that goes with this project. Please note that this sample data was created in 7.9 SP 8.

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TopSolid Exploded Assemblies – Introduction

This is an introduction video to review some of the items that you will learn about in this getting started video tutorial for TopSolid 7. This tutorial is all about exploded assemblies, mounting stages, mounting animations, and how to use them in your final draft document.

TopSolid Exploded Assemblies – Step 1 Quick Explosion

In this Getting Started with TopSolid Video, you will be introduced to creating a quick exploded view using a standard spherical explosion technique.  With this technique you get an exploded assembly very quickly, but you give up the ability to create a proper mounting animation and thus mounting stages.  Nonetheless, this method can be very useful for quick work or simple explosions.

TopSolid Exploded Assemblies – Step 2 Create Exploded Document

In this Getting Started with TopSolid Video, we are going to slow things down a bit. In this video you will be shown how to create an exploded document. You will also be introduced to the various functions from the Explosion tab.

TopSolid Exploded Assemblies – Step 3 Create Translation Explosion

In this Getting Started with TopSolid Video, you will be shown how to create a manual translation for a component within an exploded assembly document.  You will learn how to select the component to explode, how to define the explode direction or vector, and finally how to set the distance of the translation.

TopSolid Exploded Assemblies – Step 4 Translate left arm

In this Getting Started with TopSolid Video, you will create another translation explosion. During this video however, we will discuss a bit more deeply why we are creating the explosions in this specific order.

TopSolid Exploded Assemblies – Step 5 Translate Left Hand

In this Getting Started with TopSolid Video, you will create another transformation explosion. However in this case you will also learn how to use a reference part during the process. A reference part is a part for which the part to explode must always follow.

TopSolid Exploded Assemblies – Step 6 Finish All Explosions

In this Getting Started with TopSolid Video, we are going to speed things up a bit. We will do all of the remaining explosion steps now. This will show you how quickly you can work within TopSolid 7.

TopSolid Exploded Assemblies – Step 7 Create Mounting Animation

In this Getting Started with TopSolid Video, you will learn how to make a mounting animation. A mounting animation is an animation of the various steps needed to assemble or disassemble your assembly. The best part is that this animation is automatically made for you! You will also learn how to record an AVI of the animation to send to your customer.

TopSolid Exploded Assemblies – Step 8 Create Mounting Stages

In this Getting Started with TopSolid Video, you will learn how to create mounting stages from your mounting animation. Mounting stages can be used to easily create the document to show your customer how to assemble or disassemble your assembly. You will also be shown how to create a custom camera to be used in drafting in the next step of this tutorial.

Getting Started with TopSolid Exploded Assemblies – Step 9 Create drafting with stages, BOM and main

In this Getting Started with TopSolid Video, you will learn how to add your mounting stages and full exploded view to a drafting document. You will even add a BOM and use the automatic index command to add the balloons to the exploded view.

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About Bill Genc

Technical Director at Missler Software, Inc. It is my job to make sure that you can do your job with the TopSolid solution!