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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. So, this series of videos walks you through the completion of that challenge and demonstrates how TopSolid 7, a very robust design and machining platform, allows users to operate at a much higher plane.

 

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 problem part and/or manufacturing challenges.

Within this video, we are going to look at some of the machine simulation tools you have available within TopSolid CAM. As we start, we have the decision to simulate just the tool, or the tool with the machine.

The next level of simulation is verification that assures that all our operations are programmed effectively and correctly. TopSolid’s collision detection function is especially helpful to detect errors that can result in collisions. If you don’t want to wait for the entire simulation to run in real time, TopSolid has a turbo mode that runs extremely quickly and reports back any and all collisions. In fact, within this project we do have some collisions we need to deal with.

TopSolid not only reports that there is a collision, but what the collidable object is. As we will see as you watch the video, TopSolid provides a framework that allows you to very efficiently identify and repair the errors.

 

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