Tag Archives: Tips & Tricks

Analysis Only Mode – Why it’s important

When working with a PDM based solution such as TopSolid, you will need to learn a few new ways to work. For example, you may want to have users around your company have access to opening TopSolid files, creating some sketches for measurement sake, maybe hide some assembly items and more!  But you want them to be able to do all of this without affecting the current revision of the model or affecting those engineers that are currently working on that model or assembly.  This is why we have created a special mode called Analysis Only Mode.  In this mode all of that is possible. What’s more, it’s really easy to use.

This special mode is extremely important to understand how to use as it allows your non-typical users to access critical data from TopSolid, but forbids them from doing anything to that data that could cause problems.  The video below shows how it works…

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!

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 7 Tips & Tricks #11

Sometimes you want to go back in your design and maybe even insert a new feature at that earlier stage.

What i used to do was to go to my operations tree (or feature tree if you like) and then change the modeling stage there.
But what i didn´t know was that in TopSolid 7 you can just as easily do the same thing using on the contextual menu which is only as far away as a touch of a button!

Edit: And of course as S Gasmi pointed out in the comment below you can also use the contextual menu to add the new fillet.

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