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Using imported core & cavity blocks with TopSolid Mold

LogoTopSolidAhhh…the life of a mold designer. The beauty of it, and the hard part about it, is that they never really know what they are going to have to deal with from one design to the next.

At TopSolid, we totally understand this.  It is why we have written TopSolid specifically to allow you to just do your job.  What do I mean?

In the following 5 videos, I am going to show you how to use a core and cavity set that was developed…dare I say…in another cad software!!!

To be super clear here.  TopSolid is THE BEST CHOICE for all aspects of your mold design.

But what I am working to point out here is that we don’t get upset when you try to work outside of our solution.  Here I am gently poking fun at all of the other Cad software’s that seem to just fall apart when you work outside of their scripted way of life. (You know who you are).

In the following videos you will see for yourself what I am talking about. Here’s what you will be introduced too:

  • Importing the core/cavity blocks from a 3rd party software
  • Defining them as core and cavity blocks in TopSolid
  • Sending the defined blocks into a TopSolid’Mold document and positioning them
  • Creating a multi-cavity layout (yes by using our automation on the imported parts)
  • Adding a standard DME mold base
  • Processing the core and cavity blocks to create pockets (again with automation)
  • Deciding that we don’t want pockets, but want to machine the blocks directly in solid in the A and B Plate
  • Catching and correcting a small mistake (To show simplicity)
  • Adding some ejector pins (again, more automation on the imported parts)

There is where I stop.  I think these videos do a great job of speaking for TopSolid.  But you be the judge!

Step 1 – Import and define
Step 2 – Include the blocks in a TopSolid’Mold document

Step 3 – Create a multi-Cavity and include a DME mold base

Step 4 – Make a change or two

Step 5 – Correct a mistake, and add some ejector pins

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.

Import a file with conversion into a TopSolid Project

In this getting started tutorial, you will be shown how to use a command called “Import file with conversion”. This command let’s you import a file into the TopSolid project and convert it at the same time. There are two methods you can use to import data this way. One is to use the contextual menu. The other is to use simple windows drag-n-drop.

TopSolid 7 – Can programming a Mazak Quick Turn 200m really be this easy?

Let’s be honest…we’re all busy.  We’re all busy working to find little ways to increase efficiency.  Little ways to maybe turn a tiny profit into a slightly larger profit.  Or in some cases, just outright looking for the holy grail solution to solve all of our problems.  In my case, I am always looking to help you, our customers become better at what you do.  After all…that’s my job.

In this video series, I thought it would interesting to show you some fundamentals about programming basic turning and simple milling on a Mazak Quick Turn 200M machine.  This is a great machine. However, there are limits to the machine. This machine for example does allow live tooling, but it has no Y axis.  So in this case to do any milling you need to know how to do C axis programming.  I thought that this part would be a great sample to show how easy it really is to program a machine like this off line.

So without further delay…here are 4 videos for you to check out.  Enjoy.

Basic Mill Turn Step 1
Basic Mill Turn Step 2

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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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How to Install & Maintain TopSolid 7

Installing & Maintaining TopSolid

Hi there!  In this post I have created a series of videos to cover a very important topic.  And that’s how to Install and Maintain your TopSolid 7 software.  In the following videos you will learn how Install and Uninstall TopSolid. Continue reading How to Install & Maintain TopSolid 7