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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 a Machine Part Setup Document within TopSolid 7

Like all processes that exist in manufacturing, it is important to understand the process of how to send a part to be machined within TopSolid 7.  This process includes a special document type called “Machine Part Setup”.

It is this document that today’s video will cover.  In this video you will be shown various ways to send a part into a Machine Part Setup document.  But first, what is a Machine Part Setup document?

A Machine Part Setup document, or MPS for short, is a document that exists between the Cad document and the Cam document. Its sole purpose in life is to give you a simple way to describe the part, or parts to cut to TopSolid and also to describe the stock model to be used.

We created an intermediate document like this because we have found that our users always need a way to manipulate and edit the stock conditions of the parts they are cutting. And with this intermediate document, they can do this with ease.

The following video will introduce you to the basics of what an MPS document is and how you can use it.

 

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.

Import a file without conversion into a TopSolid 7 Project

In this getting started tutorial, you will be shown how to use a command called “Import file without conversion”. This command let’s you import a file but not convert it. The reason you would do this is to keep a copy of your customers original data within the TopSolid project. 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. Finally you will also be shown how to convert the data once it has been imported as a copy.

Create a Project without a template

In this getting started tutorial, I wanted to introduce you to how you can create a new project in TopSolid 7 by using the “without template” option.   You will also learn how to add and remove library references to your project. Finally you will learn how to create folders within your project that will help you better organize your manufacturing process.

Add a complex fillet…with ease!

Sometimes you struggle to put a complex blend into your part.  And it is these times that you grateful that you are a TopSolid user!  New in the 2016 version of TopSolid is a great new filleting function.  One based on no radial value at all!  Instead, the function automatically finds and creates the correct blend for the project based on the geometries you select.  Think of that…a software that actually helps you do your job!

The video below will introduce you to the new blending type and how it works!