Tag Archives: CAD

Sketch Improvement – Constraint Color on Basic Elements

Knowing where you are at-a-glance within an engineering sketch and what it means is critical for efficient engineering design. TopSolid 7’s sketcher improvements allow you to create a default color for elements hooked to basic elements when creating bottom-up assemblies.

This color identification allows to you more easily visually navigate your assemblies. Learn more by watching this very brief video demonstration.

Interested in more TopSolid know-how? Check out our other drafting videos.

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Custom Symbol Creation Improvements Increase Engineering Productivity

Building, maintaining and growing your organization’s collection of custom engineering symbols will go a long way toward advancing efficiency within your team. TopSolid 7 allows you to build and define as many custom symbols as you need, then parametrize the drivers and other details for each custom symbol. You can even associate conditions with each symbol.

Creating Custom Symbols is now even easier
Custom Symbol Sketch Automation

Your growing library of custom symbols will increase efficiency and standardization across your organization, however symbols are customizable at the moment of insertion into a document to accommodate subtle adjustments that often need to be made.

Learn more about TopSolid 7’s drag and drop custom symbol functionality by watching this brief video demonstration.

Interested in more TopSolid know-how? Check out our other drafting videos.

Not yet a TopSolid user and interested in learning more? Sign up for a 30-day trial.

Sketcher: Constraint based sketch vs. sketch operations

topsolid-tips-and-tricksWhen working with a 3d solid modeling solution like TopSolid, it is very important that you understand how its sketcher functions.  Most 3d modeling solutions have one way to create and work with sketches.  And that one way is supposed to fit every need you have.

The Problem

The problem with that notion is that your needs change all of the time.  The way you define geometry within a sketch needs to be completely flexible.  What do I mean? Sometimes you may want to create a simple sketch, while other times you may want to create a really intelligent sketch. Perhaps you want to create a sketch that allows you to apply operations to it that really allow you to capture your design intent more cleanly.  Thankfully for you, you use TopSolid and have the freedom to do both.

Understanding a sketcher

Let’s start by understanding what a sketcher is first.  A sketcher allows you to create wire-frame based geometry. In TopSolid there is a 2d Sketcher and a 3d Sketcher. For this discussion, we will be focusing on the 2d sketcher.

Different types of TopSolid sketcher constraints A 2d sketcher allows you to create wire-frame on a specific plane. The sketcher environment at the solving level, allows you to define the sketch using dimensional relationships as well as geometric relationships.  These are known as constraints.  In the image to the right, you will see a sample of a constrained sketch.  This image shows both dimensional and geometric constraints. Continue reading Sketcher: Constraint based sketch vs. sketch operations

Now this is a great Mold design software…

The following video was put together by our reseller in Mexico, CIMCo. Feel free to visit them here.  I think that they did a great job of showcasing the TopSolid solution for Mold design, simulation and manufacturing within this video.

Part of what makes TopSolid such a great platform is its continued focus to solve manufacturing problems for our customers. In the case of mold manufacturing doesn’t it make more sense to work with a solution that does 100% of the process within the same platform? This includes:

  • Plastic flow simulation
  • Core/Cavity creation
  • Full 3d mold design with standard components
  • Electrode design
  • Drafting
  • Cam
  • Document management (PDM)

Have a look at this cool sample and see for yourself why you should choose TopSolid as your manufacturing platform.

Engineering changes are easy with TopSolid

Let’s face it, change happens. It happens in all aspects of our lives from work to play. And change is good too…isn’t it? Well?

In the engineering and manufacturing world change happens often. What’s more these changes are never supposed to delay delivery times. Right…

Probably one of the biggest challenges in manufacturing is the infamous revision. Let’s paint a picture.

You are a manufacturer. You use product X to machine parts with.

Your customer uses product Y to engineer their products with. They send you data in a neutral way so that you can read it into your product of choice.

Now the fun happens. You begin designing and programming up your customers part. Life is good. You figure out a way to get to your finish line a day early. Life is great! You begin running first off’s of your project to prove out the program. You check your work. Only minor tweaks needed. Life is Fantastic!!!

The phone rings…

It’s your customer. They found a mistake in their project and have just emailed you an updated file with the corrections.

Your world shatters…just a little bit.

Why?

Because now you effectively have to completely start over with everything. But you tell yourself how much faster you will do it the second time around. So you have that going for you.

Why do you need to start over? That’s simple. The product that you work with, while it may be very widely used, was never written to allow changes like this to happen. Because of this business critical limitation in your solution, you get to basically throw away a lot of hard work.

Now, I know that some will say that I am making a big deal out of this. And I say they are correct! I know that every software has their ways to help you try and reuse portions of the original work. But it is always just portions.

What if there was a better way?

TopSolid is that better way. TopSolid is written with the focus on manufacturing and how it actually happens. TopSolid is written to work with you…not against you.

In the video below, we walk you through such a scenario. My part is fully programmed and my customer sends me a revision. So what’s different?

What’s different is that TopSolid does all of the heavy lifting for you. What’s different is this is basically automatic. What’s different is you are back up and running your part within a few minutes, design changes included. What’s different is that your world may not have to shatter slightly each time your customer sends you a revision.

And do you want to know the best part? This works with any data from and cad platform on the market. It works with native data (SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Catia…). It works with neutral data (Parasolid, Step, Igs, Acis…).

Watch the video. Tell me what you think. From my standpoint there is a better way to work.

That way is to work with TopSolid.

 

Emboss a logo from a DXF file onto a 3d part

In this video, you will learn how to emboss a logo onto a 3d face. You will start by importing a dxf file.  Then you will scale the imported sketch.  After that you will create a basic 3d shape to emboss the logo on.  Finally, you will learn how to emboss your imported profile onto your 3d face.  It’s important to understand that embossing will keep the curvature of the surface in tact on the embossed feature.

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.

 

Core & Cavity Creation – Can it really be this easy?

TopSolid Core and Cavity creationWorking with software solutions that are not intended to do the job that you do is crazy. All you are doing is working harder than you need to work. Thankfully, TopSolid understands your needs. In fact, TopSolid was written specifically with manufacturing in mind.  In this video you will get a quick look at what I am talking about. In this sample, I start by importing a Parasolid file into TopSolid for a simple plastic part.  Then I show you all the steps needed to get the split finished.  And here’s the best part. This sample has internal shutoffs, a stepped external parting line, and the part requires a side action as well.  For most solutions, this is a lot of work. For TopSolid it only takes a few minutes.

Choosing a fully integrated CAD/CAM Solution

Missler Quarter Page Ad IMTS 2016Choosing a CAD or a CAM solution can be a daunting task.  There are many aspects that you need to take into consideration prior to making your choice. These include, but are by no means limited too such things as cost (up front and annual), functionality, availability, learn-ability, support resources, development schedule, popularity, and…well even more. Many people companies choose their solution based on a number of these items.  However, one of the most important items to consider is often missed…integration.

Integration between your CAD and your CAM software is paramount in today’s manufacturing world. Integration allows downstream elements, such as CAM files, to automatically receive updates from upstream items like CAD files.

For example, ACME Manufacturing designs and manufactures their own product line.  Today ACME uses one CAD product to engineer with and a totally independent and different CAM product to manufacture with.  This was ok to do…10 plus years ago.

The problem with this methodology is that when the engineering team makes a change to the CAD data how do they ensure that the manufacturing teams not only receives that engineering change, but that the manufacturing team uses is?  Also, how long does it take the manufacturing team to integrate the new data into their standalone CAM solution?  Is it a few minutes? Hours? Days???

Herein lies the problem of independent products that do not communicate with each other seamlessly.

Simply put, they cost ACME a lot of money in lost time and rework.

What is the solution?

The solution is to choose a solution that integrates all aspects of your engineering and manufacturing process together under one easy to use and deploy platform. Continue reading Choosing a fully integrated CAD/CAM Solution

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.