Uncomplicate the Creation of Complicated Assemblies
Creating complex assemblies does not have to be complicated. We assembled a collection of video demonstrations that show you how TopSolid 7 simplifies the most complex of assemblies. Videos demonstrating TopSolid 7 assembly creation capabilities include:
Offset Distance Control Now Available on More Constraint Types – TopSolid 7 offers the ability to apply an offset value to even more types of assembly constraints. This new improvement is now also available on: axis-on-point, point-on-axis, point-on-point and axis-on-axis positioning constraints. Offset values are dynamically maintained as adjustments to the design are made.
TopSolid 7 features a handy new option within the axis-on-axis constraint. Rather than axes needing to be colinear with one another as was previously the case, axis-on-axis can now act as a contact type of mate. This brief demo video shows how parts can be moved, yet still dynamically stay in contact with the axis-on-axis in unparallel mode. Check it out – watch video.
TopSolid 7 now has the ability to deactivate operations generated by a process without affecting other parts that are being affected by that same process. In this video you see tapped holes that were put in by the screws from the slide carrier for this mold. For the sake of this demonstration, we want to deactivate the process for some of the tappings. The deactivate operations improvement allows us to achieve this feature by feature! See how it works.
TopSolid 7 now offers the ability to apply an offset value to even more types of assembly constraints. This new improvement is now also available on the axis-on-point, point-on-axis, point-on-point and axis-on-axis positioning constraints. What’s even better is that these offset values are dynamically maintained as adjustments to the design are made. Check out the video to learn how this works!
More refined process control within TopSolid 7 now allows you to determine at what level you would like to do process repetition. Specifically, do you want the repetition to occur at the part level or at the assembly level? The choice is now yours. Watch the video to see how it works.
Simple, efficient and error-free documentation capabilities have been improved by the extruded bar complex trimming feature in TopSolid 7. Why is it important to easily document that there is a complex trimming? First, this feature allows this important detail to be reported in the bill of materials (BOM). Readers of the BOM can tell at a glance that a specific part has a complex trimming on it.
Secondly, this feature allows for complete and accurate measurement of the extended length of the part to give us a true cut length of the part. Again, it’s about avoiding mistakes and making sure the documentation facilitates an error-free and efficient assembly. Watch the video demonstration to see how it works.
Sometimes, engineers need the freedom to be able to modify a part design without worrying about the CAM programming impact for the manufacturing team. We listened and TopSolid 7 now offers you the ability to create local or derived copies of your parts and to control precisely when the parts are updated.
A derived copy of a part allows you to modify that part, for example – manufacturability – without ever changing the original design of that part. By turning off auto-refresh, you can decide exactly when design modifications are pushed to manufacturing. This feature is especially useful when a part is still in the design phase and you don’t want manufacturing to have to regenerate their tool path every time engineering makes a change to a part still in progress. See how it works
It is now significantly easier to modify subcomponents within TopSolid 7. The new subcomponents command gives you the option to replace only select components, replace a given component across the complete design with a substituting component, or globally replace a component across the complete design with designated exclusions.
For additional efficiency and accuracy, substitution rules can be established to define the different ways the subcomponents command can be used, capture different ways you might choose to modify components and create shortcuts to modify a lot of design aspects quickly without accidently missing components needing to be changed. Watch the video demo to see how it works