Sometimes you want to go back in your design and maybe even insert a new feature at that earlier stage.
What i used to do was to go to my operations tree (or feature tree if you like) and then change the modeling stage there.
But what i didn´t know was that in TopSolid 7 you can just as easily do the same thing using on the contextual menu which is only as far away as a touch of a button!
Edit: And of course as S Gasmi pointed out in the comment below you can also use the contextual menu to add the new fillet.
Taking advantage of the little things such as common keybord shortcuts and such can make your everyday life a lot easier, so why not use them?
Copy/paste is one of those keybord shortcuts that are used alot.
Described in this video is how to use copy/paste and aligning a sketch in TopSolid 7.
Applying constraints automatically is something most CAD systems can do and TopSolid 7 is no exception. Learning how to use this is something that can make your everyday life a little easier. Here´s one example on how to speed up your workflow.
Video by Saad
Sometimes you want to line up entities while sketching.
One way to do this is to use “linear dimension”.
Copy/paste with parameters.
Select geometry to copy, press ctrl key and left mouse button to drag the copied geometry to where you want it and release left mouse button. Both the geometryand parameters are copied.
TopSolid 7 tips & tricks #5
Using simple drag n drop to remove or copy features in TopSolid 7 is easy, here´s how you do it:
While pressing Ctrl, point at the feature, also press left mouse button and just drag and drop the feature to either your background (to remove) or some other geometry on the part to copy.
The Sketch Deformation tool (Sketch > Spatial > Deformation) makes it possible to tranform a line into a circle arc.
With deformation activated select the line and while pressing the left mouse button you can drag it to suitable position and then release the mouse button.
Obviously, if the line is constrained with for example an alignment constraint this will stop the command from completing the operation.
This command does not allow the reverse transformation to be made (transformation of an arc into a line).
Contribution by Saad
Source for info on Deformation Tool: TopSolid7 Online Help
So, it´s now 2010 and yet another year has passed. Infact we just closed the books on a whole decade! And here we are, already starting a brand new one.
To kick of the new decade here´s a tutorial on how to create your own standard profile in TopSolid 7:
Create a new document : 2d Model ( in Spécial).
Create your sketch and parameters
In this example, the center point will be no Internal.
In Tools menu, Provide function.
Select Standard Profile.
Publish your point : give it an explicite name : “Center point” for example.
Make your document a Virtual document. (Menu TS7 / File / Virtual document)
Save your document.
Create a new document Family ( In Advanced)
Push your 2d Model in the graphics area.
Push your parameter in the folder : Drivers
Give an explicite description : When you use it, the question is “Description” ?
Save and chek In your family.
Now, You are ok to use it.
Contribution by Saad
It´s just as easy to adjust the contour while you are applying constraints!
Thanks to Saad!
Adjusting a contour while sketching in TopSolid 7 is easy, check out this video:
Thanks to Saad for this tip!