When you are working on a project around the house, having the right tool makes the job effortless and maybe even a little fun. The same is true for designing molds. Working with a tool like TopSolid, that is designed to be a manufacturing solution, can make all the difference in the world when it comes to getting your split done quickly and efficiently.
In this video, I walk you through what it takes to make a very basic family mold split. The parts are basic, but the process is sound. Follow these steps for any family mold you make and it will always work out well for you. I know some will argue that this is a silly sample as it is based on a couple of poker chips…but again the goal here is to teach you a process. Pay attention to the process. It is simple, repeatable, and the best thing is…it just works no matter the complexity of the project.
When it comes to creating core and cavities, it is a strong process that makes it possible to move quickly. With TopSolid, our Split document allows you to control all aspects of your core/cavity split. From shrink to over-molded parts there is no stopping the power of TopSolid. Check out the video and see for your self what a real manufacturing based cad/cam solution should look like.
When designing a full 3d mold you need the flexibility to work with any supplier of standard mold components. In this video, you will learn how TopSolid gives you the tools you need to get to the finish line quickly and efficiently. In this case you will learn how to import a mold base design from an outside vendor and turn it into a “smart mold base” by using the Mold Base Wizard. A smart mold base is one that TopSolid’s mold automation works with fully. For example, by running the mold base wizard to describe the imported components as a mold base, you allow downstream functions such as the ejector pin or water line command to work seamlessly with the plates.
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
Full 3d mold design with standard components
Document management (PDM)
Have a look at this cool sample and see for yourself why you should choose TopSolid as your manufacturing platform.
Working with software solutions that are not intendedto 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.
Ahhh…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
Sometimes you need to be able to work freely. With TopSolid 7, this is not a problem. In this video you will see how to add a few standard connectors and then, more importantly how to create a custom hose to attach one connector to another.
In this first look video for TopSolid 7 for 2016, you will be introduced to an awesome new improvement for TopSolid’Mold. This has to do with Ejector Pins. Sometimes, when designing a mold, the heads of the pins will collide. In these cases, you need to trim the heads together. This proces is also known as keying the pins together. This is what this new improvement is all about. In other softwares, that are not specifically designed for mold design, you would spend a ton of time trimming the heads of pins manually. In TopSolid 7, as you are about to see, this process is accoumplished in a few seconds.
On the 15-16th of june swedish TopSolid reseller ProTech will host the annual swedish TopSolid users conference in Jönköping.
The first day TopSolid’2010 will be presented together with TopSolid’Mold and TopSolid’Progress.
On the second day again Topsolid’2010 is presented but this time together with TopSolid’Wood.
Two guest speakers are invited this year including myself:
Daniel Forsman of Flexible Engineering will do a comparison between TopSolid 7 and other competing systems.
Daniel wrote an article on the subject published here in January. If you haven´t read it i highly recommend you do so. You can find the article here.
I will show some highlights from TopSolid 7 and also talk about this blog.