Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

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.

Check, Clean & Simplify imported geometry in TopSolid 7

In this getting started tutorial, you will be introduced to the Check, Clean and Simplify commands within TopSolid 7. Check will automatically check the integrity of your geometry. If it finds bad data, it will isolate it and make you aware of it so you can correct the problem. Clean is another automatic tool. This tool will attempt to automatically clean bad geometry such as bow-tied surfaces or surfaces with bad trimming boundaries. Finally you will be shown the Simplify command. This command will measure the geometry and if needed convert it back to simple forms of geometry such as planes, conics, cylinders, spheres and so on.