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TopSolid Modeling Tutorial

Time Line Solid Modeling

Let me start by saying… “Welcome to TopSolid 7! In this video…” but there I have to stop.  Because in this case, there is more than just ONE video.  Cad - Solid modeling

In this video tutorial series, there are actually 16 videos in total. They start by an introduction and progress step by step through each major step in the process of learning basic solid modeling.

This tutorial will cover a lot of ground quickly and should give you the knowledge you need to begin solid modeling within TopSolid 7.

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.


You can either download the sample TopSolid Solid Modeling Tutorial package which contains the completed model, the drawings (in TopSolid format), and the PDF of the drawings.  Or you can download just the PDF and work within your own project. The choice is yours.

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TopSolid Modeling Tutorial Introduction

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Tutorial: How to model a spring with flat ends

It´s friday and the weekend is near!

The winter is not about to end any time soon.
So while you are waiting for springtime with the warm sun in your face, enjoying a cold beer in front of the barbecue with your friends you can run thru this quick tutorial on how to create a spring with flat ends in Topsolid 7.
Who knows, you might need one?



Translated by Daniel Norée



Create a new document

In the menu Sketch/Spatial/Operations select Helix.

In our case we want a spring:

Diameter 20> radius = 10
No 10> = 10mm No longitudinal
5 turns> End Angle = 5rev or 360 * 5

NOTE: rev means 5 revolutions.


OK and exit the sketch.

Creation of a shape.
Shapes Menu / Other shapes / Pipe

Select Wire Shape

Click the helix and set the diameter to 5mm
Uncheck Surface Mode and click OK.

Choose Trim and Trim By Plane

Select Outline from the list and then select the XY plane.

Check that the arrow indicates the correct direction of material removal and confirm.

Repeating the Trim operation.

Click the + button to create a plane offset. / XY

Set the value of offset, must be equal to 5 x 10 (5 turns in step 10) and confirm.

Click OK once the creation of the plane is done and youre done!

You can now create the necessary parameters of this spring to create a family of parts.

Tutorial: Importing a DXF logo in a titleblock

If you have set up some drawing templates it´s most likely that you have put the company logo in the titleblock.

Putting a bitmap logo in your titleblock is easy, but if you want to put your DXF/DWG logo in there you will have to use a different approach.

Here´s how you do it:



Import DXF/DWG document.

By Saad Gasmi



In Project Tree, Sélect Import File with conversion

Select the document: my logo.dxf

Choose Part document

Select by lasso and copy with Ctrl+C

Select your control point.

Insert in Titelblock

Open a new Draft document

Edit the titelblock and paste with Ctrl+V

TopSolid 7 Tutorial, creating a symmetrical part

Creating a symmetrical part with Topsolid 7.

By Saad Gasmi
(Translation By Daniel Norée)

Ok, first open your part.

Go to Tools menu / then select Diversions / mirror part.
You can create the mirror (symmetry) entity in the current project or another project if necessary.
You can also create the part directly in a folder if latter exists.

In the list (shown below) you can choose which entities to inherit.
Normally symmetrical parts inherits everything except the code and the name of the original part.

In the Parts folder, the mirrored part:

Just then learn the properties and Code Designation (ie: Left Level) for nomenclature. 

Original part (left), mirrored part (right)

Use in an assembly

Open your assembly document.
Build the original play, in our case: Assembly.
Create a repetition by symmetrical pattern: the XZ plane (pink plane)
The repetition will automatically assemble the mirrored part of our part.


View of the nomenclature of the assembly:

Tutorial: How to create your own standard profile

So, it´s now 2010 and yet another year has passed. Infact we just closed the books on a whole decade! And here we are, already starting a brand new one.

To kick of the new decade here´s a tutorial on how to create your own standard profile in TopSolid 7:

  • Create a new document : 2d Model ( in Spécial).
  • Create your sketch and parameters

In this example, the center point will be no Internal.

  • In Tools menu, Provide function.

  • Select Standard Profile.
  • Publish your point : give it  an explicite name : “Center point” for example.

  • Make your document a Virtual document. (Menu TS7 / File / Virtual document)
  • Save your document.
  • Create a new document Family ( In Advanced)
  • Push your 2d Model in the graphics area.
  • Push your parameter in the folder : Drivers

  • Give an explicite description : When you use it, the question is “Description” ?

  • Save and chek In your family.

Now, You are ok to use it.

Contribution by Saad

Sheet Metal transition in TopSolid 7.3


Here´s a quick tutorial on how to create a Transition Sheet Metal  in TopSolid 7.3

Thank´s to Saad for this contribution!





Ok, here we go.

First create 3 offset points like in the below screenshot.




Now create a Transition Sheet Metal between point 3 and point 2.


Then create one more transition but this time between point 2 and point 1.



Now create a Transition between Absolute origin and point 1.



When that´s done you can modify the section of transition 3 to obtain this:



At this step you can use parameter D=500, H=750.



Create Sheet Metal by Thickening fo the three shapes you just created.






Don´t forget to push Shape 2 and 3 in Design representation


Before:                                                                   After:


How to backup your work online for free!

Maybe your work is safe and sound on your company server and backups are beeing done regularly. Or maybe it´s stored locally and you have been talking about that backup your gonna set up for years.
Of course this applies to any important files of your´s, may it be your work files  such as cad or valuable family photos.

Whatever your reason might be, here is one way (of many) to keep your files safe online.

Now, there are numerous online backup sevices out there and one is better than the other. It´s not easy to find a service that might fit your specific needs.  
Anyway, this time were using Live Mesh .

One thing that´s pretty neat with Mesh is that it´s part of live_mesh
Microsoft Live and if you are using MSN your probably already set up with a Live account. If not you need to register for one first.

So first of all you need to log in to Live Mesh using your Live account.

Go to Live Mesh Devices and click “ad device” and install on the computer. When the installation of mesh is done you will be asked to login to you live account on the mesh client.

When signed in, you will be asked to name your computer.

 live mesh 2

Open up windows explorer and navigate to C:\TopSolidPdm\Local\Vaults. (or any other folder containing whatever you want to backup)

Now right-click the vault (folder) you want to backup with Live Mesh and choose “add folder to Live Mesh”. Then just leave the name as it is.


live mesh 3
Then go to your Mesh Live desktop  and right-click your Vault folder.  Choose when to synchronize and with what device.

It´s possible to ad more computers and sync the folder(s) to other computers as well.

Cubemapping made easy!

Missler was kind enough to send me a link CubeMapGen_logoto the
ATI CubeMapGen which makes creating a CubeMap Environment for TopSolid 7 a piece of cake!
I can´t belive i missed this one, it makes things alot easier working with CubeMaps!




Just open up your “CubeCross” (that you created in “HDR Shop”) in CubeMapGen, choose “Save CubeMap (.dds)” and that´s it. You´re done!











Note: CubeMapGen also functions as an HDRShop plugin that provides the filtering functionality of CubeMapGen to HDRShop v1.0.