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Blower Wheel Machining with TopSolid 7

Introduction

In this 7 step video series, you will learn how to machine a blower wheel within TopSolid 7.  This will include preparing your cad data, defining your stock model, selection of a machine, adding a fixture, and adding your MPS file to cut.  From there, you learn how to use Turning to machine as much as possible prior to moving on to 4 axis continuous roughing and semi finishing.  Lastly we will cover a few different types of 5 axis finishing.  Oh and don’t forget that you will also learn a lot of tips and tricks along the way too!

Prepare Data for Blower Wheel

Create an MPS document for the blower wheel in TopSolidIn this sample, we are assuming that the first operation has been completed by someone else.  So you will need to create a stock model that is representative of that. In Step 1, we will focus on building a custom assembly so that you can define your stock correctly.

In all reality, you have two choices here. You can create the custom stock directly within a MPS file (Machine Part Setup), or you can do it within an assembly file.

If you choose to use a MPS file, the creation of this custom stock will be tied to that MPS file.  This means that in the parametric world that is TopSolid, the birth of this custom stock block will be tied to the existence of the MPS file.  Now if this is a simple, one off part then this method works well. However if there is a chance that you might use this stock model another way, it is better to use an assembly first. Besides, if you start with an assembly, you will have more freedom as to how you design the stock model.  The video below will show you how to build the assembly first and then how to use it within a Machine Part Setup Document.

Setup the machine

Like in every real job, you have choices to make.  You need to select a machine to run a job on…choose fixturing and tooling and of course you need to setup the machine.  In TopSolid, it’s no different.  In TopSolid, we always start with machine selection.  It is a critical part of the manufacturing process that will affect how you hold the part and how many setups are required to machine the part. In this sample, we will choose a DMG CTX Beta 1250 TC to machine our blower wheel.

Select a machine for the Blower Wheel project in TopSolidIn Step 2, you will start by creating a new, empty machining document.  From there you will use the “select a machine” command to browse to and select the CTX Beta.  After TopSolid loads the machine definition, your next step will be to select and add the correct chuck and jaw combination.  In this case, you will browse to a sample chuck library and choose the 3 jaw Rohm chuck.  You will use standard windows drag-n-drop to include the chuck into the machining file.  Next you will use standard TopSolid constraint positioning methodologies to position the chuck.  Play close attention to the fact that the jaws on the chuck move in and out according to the stroke of that specific chuck as well! Continue reading Blower Wheel Machining with TopSolid 7

Getting Started: Basic 2d Mill Tutorial

TopSolid Getting Started Tutorial logo

In this TopSolid Getting Started video tutorial series, you will be introduced step by step to the basics of how to create tool path for a basic 2d mill part.  This will include:

  • A review of the basic TopSolid settings used to create this tutorial
  • Importation of the tutorial project
  • Step by step videos to machine the part through completion
  • How to use Verify
  • Post processing
  • Creation of setup sheets

Part to machine for tutorial

The goal of this tutorial is to help new users of TopSolid get up and running with our solution quickly and efficiently.

This tutorial does not fully explain each option that is used. Instead it shows you the basics so that you can begin to fully explore what TopSolid’Cam can do for you.

In order to use this tutorial, you will need to download the tutorial assets.  Below are a couple of links that you can use. You can download just the project file with the Parasolid file.  Or you can download the project file, with the Parasolid file and a copy of all of the videos that go with the tutorial.  The second option is quite the large download. But with this download, you don’t need to have web access to watch the videos.  The choice is yours.

Sample project download
Sample Package (50 Kb’s)
Sample project download
Sample Package with videos (548 Mb’s)

After you have downloaded the project, please proceed to watching the videos. Again, if you downloaded the project with the videos, you can watch them from inside of TopSolid. Otherwise, the videos for this tutorial are as follows.

TopSolid Cam 2d Mill Basic-Before you Start

In this video, you will see how to modify some of the settings within TopSolid. It is important to check your settings so that they match the settings used in this tutorial. If you don’t, TopSolid may react differently from what you see in the video. These differences will only be things like default values, unit of measure and such.  However, for the best experience possible with this tutorial, we recommend you to modify your settings to match ours.

Step 1

In step 1 of the basic 2d cam tutorial for TopSolid 7, you start by importing the package Continue reading Getting Started: Basic 2d Mill Tutorial

Getting Started: Creating a drafting document and dimensioning

LogoTopSolidTopSolid drafting sampleIn this getting started video tutorial, you will be introduced to some basic concepts around the creation of 2d drafting files.  First let’s discuss what a drafting document is.  A TopSolid drafting document is a document where we project the 3d data created in TopSolid into a 2d format.  It is in a drafting document where you will add your dimensions, GD & T and other detailing types of elements.

This tutorial contains 4 videos that will walk you through some basic concepts on the creation of 2d drafting documents..

In this first video, you will learn how to create a basic drafting document that contains 3 standard views of your part.  You will also learn how to set and customize the origin point of the view.

Step 1 – Create your views

In the next video, you will learn how to add an Origin Symbol to your drafting views. You will also be shown a few different ways of adding and working with Composite dimensions. Composite dimensions allow you to quickly add several styles of dimensions to your view from a common origin point.  This is heavily used in the Tool and Die industries.

Step 2 – Add origin symbol and use composite dimensions

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Design a basic part with TopSolid 7

Following are 5 videos that will walk you through designing of a basic part with TopSolid 7. You will note the part design is based off of a simple 2d drawing.  In these videos, one of our Application Engineers will walk you through some of the basic tools that you will use everyday with TopSolid.

Step 1 – Build a sketch, constrain it and revolve it into a solid model

Step 2 – Create a radial drilling and repeat it

Step 3 – Create a sketch, use construction geometry, create a boss, and trim your part

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Timing screws…a deeper look

So a few posts ago, I create a video series that introduced to an awesome add-on function for TopSolid 7 that allows you to create timing screws.  Well, in this post, I am continuing that story.  In fact, I thought it would be really cool to show you a more in depth look at the design side of creating a timing screw.  So in this video, that’s exactly what I did!  Now, normally I break these videos up into short segments, but for this one…this one I thought it would be better to keep it as one video.  So in this short, 14 minute video, I show you every step I take in creating a variable timing screw.  And at the end of the design, I even show you how easy it is to make changes to the timing of the screw.  My goal for you in this video.  It’s simple… My goal is to make you a TopSolid believer!

TopSolid 7 – Create an exploded assembly and document it!

Exploded assemblies in TopSolid

In this video tutorial series (10 videos), you will learn how to create an exploded assembly within TopSolid 7.  You will also learn how to create a mounting animation.  Mounting animations are a great way to show an animation of how to assemble or disassemble your assembly.  Finally, you will be shown how to create a drafting document where you get to use your mounting stages and full exploded assembly to document the steps needed to assemble your project.

Samples

Following is the download link for the sample data that goes with this project. Please note that this sample data was created in 7.9 SP 8.

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TopSolid Exploded Assemblies – Introduction

This is an introduction video to review some of the items that you will learn about in this getting started video tutorial for TopSolid 7. This tutorial is all about exploded assemblies, mounting stages, mounting animations, and how to use them in your final draft document.

TopSolid Exploded Assemblies – Step 1 Quick Explosion

In this Getting Started with TopSolid Video, you will be introduced to creating a quick exploded view using a standard spherical explosion technique.  With this technique you get an exploded assembly very quickly Continue reading TopSolid 7 – Create an exploded assembly and document it!

TopSolid 7 – Build a Bottom-Up Assembly

Bottom up assembly tutorial

Hi again!  This video tutorial will introduce you to the basics of building a bottom-up assembly within TopSolid 7.  The tutorial is broken into 12 videos.  The goal in each video is to either teach you one or two new things about working with assemblies in TopSolid 7, or it will give you the ability to practice what you have already learned.

Assembly

Before you begin watching the tutorials, I suggest that you take a minute and download the samples that go with the tutorials.  You will find each below.

Samples

To download the sample project, please click on the link below. This project includes the sample part files, a completed assembly, the drawings (in TopSolid format), and the PDF of the drawings.

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Bottom-up Assembly Tutorial Introduction

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TopSolid Modeling Tutorial

Time Line Solid Modeling

Let me start by saying… “Welcome to TopSolid 7! In this video…” but there I have to stop.  Because in this case, there is more than just ONE video.  Cad - Solid modeling

In this video tutorial series, there are actually 16 videos in total. They start by an introduction and progress step by step through each major step in the process of learning basic solid modeling.

This tutorial will cover a lot of ground quickly and should give you the knowledge you need to begin solid modeling within TopSolid 7.

Before you begin watching the tutorials, I suggest that you take a minute and download the samples that go with the tutorials.  You will find each below.

Samples

You can either download the sample TopSolid Solid Modeling Tutorial package which contains the completed model, the drawings (in TopSolid format), and the PDF of the drawings.  Or you can download just the PDF and work within your own project. The choice is yours.

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TopSolid Modeling Tutorial Introduction

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Create your own bump map in TopSolid 7

Adding a bump map is an easy but yet effective way to add more realism to a scene. I´m not gonna try to explain how it works but I guess one can say that a bump map is like a “raised texture” that simulates a “bumpy surface” rather than a flat and smooth surface. The bump map is a “grayscale” image where the lighter areas are “raised” from the darker areas. (go here if you want to read up on bump mapping).

In this video i will show how easy it is to create you own bump map and use it in TopSolid 7.

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