Category Archives: Design

Explore TopSolid’s Powerful Design Functionality

All aspects of TopSolid are intended to manage the increased complexity of designing and machining manufactured products in today’s world. We have assembled a collection of videos that highlight a number of the notable features of TopSolid 7.  Just a few of our demonstration videos that highlight these robust design capabilities include:

Select Faces by Tangency

New within TopSolid 7 is a huge improvement to the selection of faces. This improvement is particularly useful when you are working with faces that are not perfectly tangent to one another making the selection of faces previously very difficult. Watch video

New Edge Constraint Mode – Fillet with Constraints

TopSolid 7 now has a way to control the end condition of a fillet. The new edge constraint mode allows end conditions to happen in a more variable way allowing you to simply select the two edges to be relative to one another and TopSolid does the rest. Watch video

Add Countersinks Correctly…Everywhere!

TopSolid 7 now allows you to add in and out countersinks to any TopSolid standard drilling. This feature allows you to set both in and out countersinks and potentially related details – perhaps chamfer for example. TopSolid also allows you to manage these details within the mode most convenient to you – even at the assembly level. Watch video

New Matrix Command Makes Quick Work of Variable Surfacing

A new surfacing command called matrix was introduced with TopSolid 7. The power of this command comes into play when creating complex surfaces such as for use with wire EDM or die design.  Watch video

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The above list of design videos is just a small sample, explore our full collection of design videos below.

TopSolid’s Practical Machinists Turn the Complex into Cool

You have a great product idea – you can see it in your mind’s eye. In the end, your new product will be proudly displayed and will likely even go down in history as industrial design genius. Given that you are an experienced and talented practical machinist, we could hardly expect anything less. But wait, your ideas require multiple materials and a complex design.

Check out this cool video demonstrating how our team in France designed and ultimately fabricated this awesome, multi-material custom foosball table (the French call a foosball table a babyfoot…what can we say?).

As this team of Missler Software team members discovered, the complexity required is no match for TopSolid. Above all else, TopSolid’s mission is always to make manufacturing simple for both practical machinists and the entire design team.


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Select Faces by Tangency

New within TopSolid 7 is a huge improvement to the selection of faces. This improvement is particularly useful when you are working with faces that are not perfectly tangent to one another making the selection of faces previously very difficult.

The video included within this post demonstrates the new improvement called Faces by Tangency, which is a product-wide improvement. Anywhere, within any function, you can select faces, and a new sub-filter allows you to much more easily manage those faces. Watch the video demonstration to see how it works and the new simplicity and efficiency you will achieve.

Interested in more TopSolid know-how? Check out our other design videos.

Not yet a TopSolid user and interested in learning more? Sign up for a 30-day trial.

New Edge Constraint Mode – Fillet with Constraints

TopSolid 7 now has a way to control the end condition of a fillet. The new edge constraint mode allows end conditions to happen in a more variable way allowing you to simply select the two edges to be relative to one another and TopSolid does the rest. Watch the video to see how it works.

Interested in more TopSolid know-how? Check out our other design videos.

Not yet a TopSolid user and interested in learning more? Sign up for a 30-day trial.

Add Countersinks Correctly…Everywhere!

TopSolid 7 now allows you to add in and out countersinks to any TopSolid standard drilling. This feature allows you to set both in and out countersinks and potentially related details – perhaps chamfer for example. TopSolid also allows you to manage these details within the mode most convenient to you – even at the assembly level.

Watch the video demonstration to see for yourself.

Interested in more TopSolid know-how? Check out our other design videos.

Not yet a TopSolid user and interested in learning more? Sign up for a 30-day trial.

Preserve Colors When Unsewing Surfaces

A small improvement for TopSolid 2017 introduces the ability to maintain the colors of a face when you are unsewing the solid (or composite surface model). This can be very useful to future steps that need to be done only to faces of a specific color.

Check out the video to learn about this new improvement.

Interested in more TopSolid know-how? Check out our other design videos.

Not yet a TopSolid user and interested in learning more? Sign up for a 30-day trial.

Copy Face (or surface) with Complimentary Trimming

TopSolid 7 includes an important improvement to the face copy command. In past versions of TopSolid, you could copy any face, but we’ve now given you the new complimentary face section option. This ability copies and trims the face to fill holes using the exact face from the surrounding edges.

These new enhancements allow you to more easily create the surfaces you need and to get the job done faster.

Watch video demonstration.

Interested in more TopSolid know-how? Check out our other design videos.

Not yet a TopSolid user and interested in learning more? Sign up for a 30-day trial.

New Matrix Command Makes Quick Work of Variable Surfacing

A new surfacing command called matrix was introduced with TopSolid 7. The power of this command comes into play when creating complex surfaces such as for use with wire EDM or die design.

For example, when building complex die reliefs, you often need to create variable drafted surfaces and then do complicated things with fillets and transitions between the various areas of the die. This type of surfacing took a lot of time prior to the introduction of TopSolid’s matrix command.

Check out the video demonstration to learn how the new matrix command works.

Interested in more TopSolid know-how? Check out our other design videos.

Not yet a TopSolid user and interested in learning more? Sign up for a 30-day trial.

Rolling up Wizard and 4 Axis Radial Engraving


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In this quick tip video for TopSolid 7, you will be shown how to create a 4 axis radial engraving tool path. To do this, you will be introduced to two cool features.  The first is the Rolling up Wizard.

The Rolling up Wizard makes it super easy to create any 4 axis profile that you need to machine.  In this case, we will use this command to roll up “TopSolid” around a cylinder for our engraving sample.

The second feature you will be introduced to is radial mode from the side milling command. The side milling command, with radial mode activated, will allow you to quickly and easily machine a 4 axis radial feature.

Emboss a logo from a DXF file onto a 3d part

In this video, you will learn how to emboss a logo onto a 3d face. You will start by importing a dxf file.  Then you will scale the imported sketch.  After that you will create a basic 3d shape to emboss the logo on.  Finally, you will learn how to emboss your imported profile onto your 3d face.  It’s important to understand that embossing will keep the curvature of the surface in tact on the embossed feature.