Tag Archives: TopSolid 7

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.

 

TopSolid: Making the programming of a Mazak Integrex look easy!

TopSolid makes everything easier!
TopSolid makes everything easier!

Programming a B-Axis Mill Turn machine can be difficult. But if you are using the right tool, maybe it doesn’t have to be. With TopSolid, you have a product that really understands what these machines can do. Moreover you have a product that makes it easy to get these types of machines cutting. This video is a teaser of a new series that I am developing. That new series will show you step by step how to program a Mazak Integrex like this with TopSolid. Enjoy the video…and Buy TopSolid! 🙂

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!

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.

TopSolid: Who, What, Where, Why…

The question is often asked…”who is TopSolid?”  We do our best to answer.  Sometimes we hear “What is TopSolid?“.  Again we answer.  This leads to “Where did TopSolid come from?“. And of course the big question, “Why choose TopSolid?“.  Let’s have a look at each of these questions. But before we do, please enjoy our new corporate video!  I think it does a great job of answering these questions.

Who is TopSolid?

TopSolid is you. TopSolid is me. TopSolid is everyone from the staff in our front office, to the developers in the back office. TopSolid is our partners around the globe.  TopSolid is the technicians that help everyone use TopSolid.  Who is TopSolid?  TopSolid is everyone!

What is TopSolid?

TopSolid is inspiration. Inspiration that leads to better engineering; better manufacturing.  TopSolid is information management combined with cutting-edge software development to bring the entire process of manufacturing under one platform.  TopSolid is simplicity merged with ingenuity wrapped around data with the simple target of empowering you to get your job done efficiently…and perhaps with a little bit of fun along the way!

Where did TopSolid come from?

TopSolid came from…no.  TopSolid comes from people like you.  Industry experts with a passion for manufacturing…a passion for process…a passion for creation.  TopSolid comes from over 30 years of research and Development. TopSolid comes from listening to our customers across the globe. So again, TopSolid comes from you!

Why Choose TopSolid?

TopSolid is the best choice for any company that designs and/or manufactures…well pretty much anything.  TopSolid offers the only PDM based manufacturing solution on the market. Moreover all of our vertical solutions are written by our development team.  This means that they are written to work well together from the beginning.  Click here to learn more about our industry leading manufacturing solutions.

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.