Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Engineering changes are easy with TopSolid

Let’s face it, change happens. It happens in all aspects of our lives from work to play. And change is good too…isn’t it? Well?

In the engineering and manufacturing world change happens often. What’s more these changes are never supposed to delay delivery times. Right…

Probably one of the biggest challenges in manufacturing is the infamous revision. Let’s paint a picture.

You are a manufacturer. You use product X to machine parts with.

Your customer uses product Y to engineer their products with. They send you data in a neutral way so that you can read it into your product of choice.

Now the fun happens. You begin designing and programming up your customers part. Life is good. You figure out a way to get to your finish line a day early. Life is great! You begin running first off’s of your project to prove out the program. You check your work. Only minor tweaks needed. Life is Fantastic!!!

The phone rings…

It’s your customer. They found a mistake in their project and have just emailed you an updated file with the corrections.

Your world shatters…just a little bit.

Why?

Because now you effectively have to completely start over with everything. But you tell yourself how much faster you will do it the second time around. So you have that going for you.

Why do you need to start over? That’s simple. The product that you work with, while it may be very widely used, was never written to allow changes like this to happen. Because of this business critical limitation in your solution, you get to basically throw away a lot of hard work.

Now, I know that some will say that I am making a big deal out of this. And I say they are correct! I know that every software has their ways to help you try and reuse portions of the original work. But it is always just portions.

What if there was a better way?

TopSolid is that better way. TopSolid is written with the focus on manufacturing and how it actually happens. TopSolid is written to work with you…not against you.

In the video below, we walk you through such a scenario. My part is fully programmed and my customer sends me a revision. So what’s different?

What’s different is that TopSolid does all of the heavy lifting for you. What’s different is this is basically automatic. What’s different is you are back up and running your part within a few minutes, design changes included. What’s different is that your world may not have to shatter slightly each time your customer sends you a revision.

And do you want to know the best part? This works with any data from and cad platform on the market. It works with native data (SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Catia…). It works with neutral data (Parasolid, Step, Igs, Acis…).

Watch the video. Tell me what you think. From my standpoint there is a better way to work.

That way is to work with TopSolid.

 

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.

Analysis Only Mode – Why it’s important

When working with a PDM based solution such as TopSolid, you will need to learn a few new ways to work. For example, you may want to have users around your company have access to opening TopSolid files, creating some sketches for measurement sake, maybe hide some assembly items and more!  But you want them to be able to do all of this without affecting the current revision of the model or affecting those engineers that are currently working on that model or assembly.  This is why we have created a special mode called Analysis Only Mode.  In this mode all of that is possible. What’s more, it’s really easy to use.

This special mode is extremely important to understand how to use as it allows your non-typical users to access critical data from TopSolid, but forbids them from doing anything to that data that could cause problems.  The video below shows how it works…

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.

 

Timing screw machining…is it really this simple?

At TopSolid, we really try to make it easier for our customers to engineer AND manufacture their parts.  And we don’t stop doing this just because the parts are hard to work with either.  In fact, it is here that TopSolid really starts to shine.  In this video, you will see how easy and moreover how quickly you will be able to program something even as complicated as a timing screw.  In earlier videos, I have already shown you how easy it is to design a timing screw.  Now it’s time to learn how easy it is to machine one too.

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.