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I was challenged to demonstrate the entire manufacturing process for a part, from initial project creation all the way through final documentation, using the TopSolid 7 platform. This video continues to walk you through the completion of that challenge and demonstrates how TopSolid 7 allows users to design for manufacturability. In short, how TopSolid simplifies your manufacturing process.

After completing this challenge and making the resulting series of videos available to you, I decided to extend the challenge. To that end, we created the Program Your Part Challenge in which I invite you to challenge me with your part and/or manufacturing challenges.

Within this video, I finalize our fixture plate including adding some standard components. One of the components, a simple toe clamp, I downloaded from the web. TopSolid 7 allows me to very easily import files from other sources. But, because I did not create this component, TopSolid’s healing wizard is very useful to make sure that the geometry within the part is correct.

The finalization of this fixture plate gave me the opportunity to demonstrate creating and publishing a plane on this part because I know that I am going to use the plane to efficiently publish other components. This fixture plate finalization is also the perfect opportunity to show you the creation of a surface on a plane constraint.

This fixture requires the placement of standard washers and screws, but I allow TopSolid to do the heavy lifting in terms of positioning the screws. I want the screw head on top and with just a couple quick settings, the software very efficiently positions the screws for me. It is really fast to manage standards in TopSolid and the standard screw and washer components I am using are included in TopSolid out of the box.

In a matter of minutes, I finish our fixture – importing a component, positioning it and adding all the hardware needed to go with it.

Want to challenge me with a part or manufacturing process problems? Check out the Program Your Part Challenge.