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Timing screw machining…is it really this simple?

At TopSolid, we really try to make it easier for our customers to engineer AND manufacture their parts.  And we don’t stop doing this just because the parts are hard to work with either.  In fact, it is here that TopSolid really starts to shine.  In this video, you will see how easy and moreover how quickly you will be able to program something even as complicated as a timing screw.  In earlier videos, I have already shown you how easy it is to design a timing screw.  Now it’s time to learn how easy it is to machine one too.

Is it magic? No, it’s TopSolid…

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!

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

Webinar: How to manage your manufacturing experience with TopSolid 7!

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Manufacturing is a challenge. In fact manufacturing is challenging enough without having to fight with your CAD and CAM software to get your job done. Join this webinar to discover Mfg'ing Spagettihow working with world-class PDM based CAD/CAM solution can help to increase your productivity while also saving money from your bottom line.

To view this video, you will need to register.  Please click the link below and you will be redirected to the registration page.  After you register you will have access to the video from this webinar.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us with them! After all, that’s what we are here for!

TopSolid, 3Dprinting & restoring old cars

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In 1965 the car Chevrolet Impala set an all-time industry annual sales record of more than 1 million units in the U.S.
Nearly 50 years later, Thomas uses modern cad/cam technology to restore his old (1966 model) beauty to it´s former glory.
For those of you reading this blog have seen past blogs about Thomas, Swedish TopSolid guru and his 1966 Impala.
This time he used TopSolid and a Stratasys 3D printer to repair the broken center console.
Check out the full story with pictures on Thomas blog: www.tomme.se