Category Archives: Interface

Project History Manipulation Made Easy

As your project continues, history trees often become extremely long. Sometimes, in the manipulation of a project tree, you need to reorder things from the beginning of the project, back towards the end of project’s time, or vice versa.

A simple right click in TopSolid 7 allows you to reorder elements without having to drag them down a long list. Super convenient! Watch the video to see how.

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Easily Find Components Within Complex Assemblies

Have you ever been frustrated trying to find a specific component within a complex assembly design? You of course know that your part is in the design, but it is sometimes difficult to precisely locate it on the screen.

A new command in TopSolid 7 called highlight selections of parts in trees, allows you to select the component you are looking for within the project tree. It is then highlighted on the screen for easy location. Watch the video and we’ll show you how.

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Design for Manufacturing with the 3D Piping Command

Design for manufacturing is a key concern of every engineering organization and TopSolid 7 plays a critical role in achieving this end. This post and the corresponding embedded video demonstrates the value of the TopSolid 7 3d piping command.

Within the video demonstration, we are working to make a tool that will be used to mold a piping holder of some sort. Our demonstration part design includes intersecting pipes – a design characteristic that can be fraught with errors. As you will see within the demo, some initial design thoughts would have led to an unmanufacturable part. However with TopSolid, the lack of manufacturablity or design errors that would have led to a lack of part performance is caught and corrected very early within the design phase.

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It’s Now Easier to Find How Project Elements Are Related

New in TopSolid 2017 is the ability to show even more information within any of the managers. There’s a new button called show references. With show references active, when you expand into a specific history element you see all the additional elements being referenced by that feature. You can also see this information within any type of historical element.

In addition, we’ve made it possible to look at back references so you can easily look forward and back to see where elements are related. Even within the entities manager you now have access to forward and back reference searching, allowing you to find the information you need at a given moment in time.

Just one more way TopSolid is continually working to make your engineering design life easier. Watch video for a quick demonstration.

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Better Engineering Design Decisions with the Filter Unsafe Items Command

Parametric design, a key principle of engineering design, relies on the relationships between design elements being used effectively to manipulate and inform the design of complex geometries and structures. However, effectively maintaining these relationships while engineering design changes are being made has not been an easy task – until now.

TopSolid added the “filter unsafe items” command to allow engineers to very quickly and easily make better decisions throughout the design process. The video included within this post demonstrates that while it is very easy to quickly add a drilling to the surface of a part during design, this should not be done without carefully factoring in the design intent of the model; otherwise, as additional engineering design work is conducted and changes are made it is likely that a rebuilder will result. Why?

In the example included with the video demonstration, the reference edge on which we
built the frame in order to conduct drilling was changed – it doesn’t exist anymore. Clearly, a key relationship needed to safely execute future design changes was lost.

The great news is that TopSolid’s “filter unsafe items” command allows you to avoid this. In the scenario shown in the video, the “filter unsafe items” command would block the designer from linking elements to positions that are likely to be modified as the design process progresses. Rather, this command directs the designer to place drillings in a manner that will not “blow up” the model design as changes to edges and other changes are made.

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