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Family mold split in a few minutes…Thanks TopSolid

Split Tips and tricks for TopSolidWhen you are working on a project around the house, having the right tool makes the job effortless and maybe even a little fun.  The same is true for designing molds. Working with a tool like TopSolid, that is designed to be a manufacturing solution, can make all the difference in the world when it comes to getting your split done quickly and efficiently.

In this video, I walk you through what it takes to make a very basic family mold split.  The parts are basic, but the process is sound.  Follow these steps for any family mold you make and it will always work out well for you.  I know some will argue that this is a silly sample as it is based on a couple of poker chips…but again the goal here is to teach you a process.  Pay attention to the process.  It is simple, repeatable, and the best thing is…it just works no matter the complexity of the project.

When it comes to creating core and cavities, it is a strong process that makes it possible to move quickly.  With TopSolid, our Split document allows you to control all aspects of your core/cavity split.  From shrink to over-molded parts there is no stopping the power of TopSolid. Check out the video and see for your self what a real manufacturing based cad/cam solution should look like.

Sketcher: Constraint based sketch vs. sketch operations

topsolid-tips-and-tricksWhen working with a 3d solid modeling solution like TopSolid, it is very important that you understand how its sketcher functions.  Most 3d modeling solutions have one way to create and work with sketches.  And that one way is supposed to fit every need you have.

The Problem

The problem with that notion is that your needs change all of the time.  The way you define geometry within a sketch needs to be completely flexible.  What do I mean? Sometimes you may want to create a simple sketch, while other times you may want to create a really intelligent sketch. Perhaps you want to create a sketch that allows you to apply operations to it that really allow you to capture your design intent more cleanly.  Thankfully for you, you use TopSolid and have the freedom to do both.

Understanding a sketcher

Let’s start by understanding what a sketcher is first.  A sketcher allows you to create wire-frame based geometry. In TopSolid there is a 2d Sketcher and a 3d Sketcher. For this discussion, we will be focusing on the 2d sketcher.

Different types of TopSolid sketcher constraints A 2d sketcher allows you to create wire-frame on a specific plane. The sketcher environment at the solving level, allows you to define the sketch using dimensional relationships as well as geometric relationships.  These are known as constraints.  In the image to the right, you will see a sample of a constrained sketch.  This image shows both dimensional and geometric constraints. Continue reading Sketcher: Constraint based sketch vs. sketch operations

Design a basic part with TopSolid 7

Following are 5 videos that will walk you through designing of a basic part with TopSolid 7. You will note the part design is based off of a simple 2d drawing.  In these videos, one of our Application Engineers will walk you through some of the basic tools that you will use everyday with TopSolid.

Step 1 – Build a sketch, constrain it and revolve it into a solid model

Step 2 – Create a radial drilling and repeat it

Step 3 – Create a sketch, use construction geometry, create a boss, and trim your part

Continue reading Design a basic part with TopSolid 7

Did you miss today’s Webinar?

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Did you miss today’s webinar: Are out-of-date drawings affecting your manufacturing process?  Don’t worry, you can still watch it!  Just register below and you can watch the video instantly.

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In this webinar, we will discuss a serious problem in the manufacturing world. And that’s 2d drawings that don’t match your 3d models and how that can adversely affect your downstream manufacturing process. During this webinar, we will take a close look at a sample of this. We will show you how TopSolid can save your company a lot of money by ensuring that design changes are done in the proper order and more importantly the proper place in the design process. This will be achieved thanks to the fully integrated PDM heart beat that TopSolid is written around. You will learn how to properly implement a design change within a PDM environment. From there, you will see how the design change affects downstream data such as drawings or CAM files. When this webinar is over you should be able to really understand how working with a solution that has your business flow in mind, can really save you time and make you more profitable.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about viewing the video.

Webinar: Are out-of-date drawings affecting your manufacturing process?

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What time is it? Oh! That’s right…it’s webinar time!  The next TopSolid Webinar will be held on February 24, 2016 at 1:30pm CST.  You can register for it below!

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Are out-of-date drawings affecting your manufacturing process?

In this webinar, we will discuss a serious problem in the manufacturing world. And that’s 2d drawings that don’t match your 3d models and how that can adversely affect your downstream manufacturing process. During this webinar, we will take a close look at a sample of this. We will show you how TopSolid can save your company a lot of money by ensuring that design changes are done in the proper order and more importantly the proper place in the design process. This will be achieved thanks to the fully integrated PDM heart beat that TopSolid is written around. You will learn how to properly implement a design change within a PDM environment. From there, you will see how the design change affects downstream data such as drawings or CAM files. When this webinar is over you should be able to really understand how working with a solution that has your business flow in mind, can really save you time and make you more profitable.

 

 

TopSolid End User Conference Registration – USA

You’ve asked…we listened.  You requested…we modified.  You’ve dreamed…

TopSolid 2016 is just around the corner.  Where? See if for the first time at the Crown Plaza (O’hare) in Rosemont, IL on April 20, 21 and 22.  These are the dates and location for this years TopSolid End User Conference.  Cost is $600 per person.  Plus we have negotiated great rates at the hotel for your lodging.  You can learn about all of the details by clicking on the Registration link below:

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During this event, you will hear from some of our partners regarding their solutions and how TopSolid is used with them. This includes:

  • Haas Factory Outlet (Chicago)
  • Volumill
  • Vericut
  • Iscar
  • Ardis Optimization Software

You will also be introduced to all of the major new improvements on TopSolid 2016.  There will be time to ask questions and get answers from your favorite TopSolid Team member as well.

And let’s not forget about the fun…join us at iFly for some indoor skydiving.  We will also be welcoming any early arrivals on the 19th at the Hofbrauhaus around 6pm.  Call us with any questions!

Timing screws…a deeper look

So a few posts ago, I create a video series that introduced to an awesome add-on function for TopSolid 7 that allows you to create timing screws.  Well, in this post, I am continuing that story.  In fact, I thought it would be really cool to show you a more in depth look at the design side of creating a timing screw.  So in this video, that’s exactly what I did!  Now, normally I break these videos up into short segments, but for this one…this one I thought it would be better to keep it as one video.  So in this short, 14 minute video, I show you every step I take in creating a variable timing screw.  And at the end of the design, I even show you how easy it is to make changes to the timing of the screw.  My goal for you in this video.  It’s simple… My goal is to make you a TopSolid believer!

It’s not too late! Discover TopSolid 7 now!

LogoTopSolidDid you miss today’s webinar?  Don’t worry you can still watch it!  Just register below and you can watch the video of the webinar.

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This webinar will introduce you to TopSolid 7 and the team behind it. During this webinar you will be introduced to TopSolid from the ground up. It will begin with an interface overview. From there we will design a part together and make a drawing of it. Next we will explore how having PDM at the heartbeat of the product will help you to keep all of your data up to date. From there we will explore some of the basics of TopSolid 7 assemblies with smart components. Finally we will do a quick introduction to TopSolid’Cam for machining. At the end we will show how the PDM is used to push a design change through and update all related manufacturing files.

 

Happy New Years from TopSolid!

2015 marked and important year for Missler Software. We celebrated our 30th anniversary…we added new team members around the globe…and we worked diligently to improve our software and our business.  Thanks to you, we have for the first time achieved more than 30 million Euros (approx. 33 million dollars) in revenue!

Following is a video from Marc Choquin with a full report.  Marc is in charge of worldwide sales for TopSolid.

Free Webinar – Discover TopSolid 7

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Please register for a free TopSolid webinar! Discover TopSolid 7 will be held on Jan 13, 2016 1:00 PM CST.  You can register with the link below.

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This webinar will introduce you to TopSolid 7 and the team behind it. During this webinar you will be introduced to TopSolid from the ground up. It will begin with an interface overview. From there we will design a part together and make a drawing of it. Next we will explore how having PDM at the heartbeat of the product will help you to keep all of your data up to date. From there we will explore some of the basics of TopSolid 7 assemblies with smart components. Finally we will do a quick introduction to TopSolid’Cam for machining.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.