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 can do anything: How to use Offset Shape

Manufacturing can be challenging enough without having to redraw a part entirely just so you can machine it to the customers specifications.  Thankfully TopSolid understands manufacturing.  TopSolid delivers the tools that allow you to get your job done quicker and with less headaches.  And getting your job done quickly and efficiently should be your #1 focus.

In this video you will learn how to use the Offset Shape command to apply either a constant offset on all faces of a solid model, or even a custom offset to specific faces.  This can be used to prepare a part for manufacturing when you need to take into account a final coating that will be applied to the part.


Is it magic? No, it’s TopSolid…

Working with Explicit Families in TopSolid 7

Manufacturing is hard enough!  But sometimes it can be made a to be a bit easier.

In this video, you will learn how to create and use an explicit family within TopSolid 7. An explicit family allows you to create one master document that will in turn allow you to control many documents downstream in the process. For example, in this video, we will import 3 parts that are the same geometries, just different sizes. Then we will turn them into an explicit family document within TopSolid 7. Finally we will use that family document to create all of the machining documents needed to manufacture each family method. This is a great example of TopSolid helping you to do your job more efficiently!

Create & Use a Custom, Multi-Step drilling

TopSolid 7 - Custom DrillingDrilling’s are easy! At least when they are simple they are. But in some cases you need to do more. In some cases you need to be able to create a drilling in a specific way. For example, maybe you want to be able to have 3 or 4 or even more drilling’s applied at the same time.

Thankfully, TopSolid makes this simple. In the following video tutorial, you will be shown how to create a multi-stepped drilling. AS well, you will be shown how to save that drilling to a library and reuse it in the future.

Add a complex fillet…with ease!

Sometimes you struggle to put a complex blend into your part.  And it is these times that you grateful that you are a TopSolid user!  New in the 2016 version of TopSolid is a great new filleting function.  One based on no radial value at all!  Instead, the function automatically finds and creates the correct blend for the project based on the geometries you select.  Think of that…a software that actually helps you do your job!

The video below will introduce you to the new blending type and how it works!

Design an X-Wing Fighter with TopSolid!

Sometimes you just need to have some fun.  It’s Friday, I’ll be honest, I don’t really want to work anymore…(But let’s keep that between us).  I was checking out TopSolid’s YouTube channel and came across this nugget of pure awesomeness.

This video was created by our Sheetmetal Design development manager, Frederic Pontarollo.  Here he shows you how to design an X-Wing Fighter using TopSolid’s Sheetmetal design tools.  Enjoy…and happy Friday!