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I was challenged to demonstrate the entire manufacturing process for a part, from initial project creation all the way through final documentation using the TopSolid 7 platform. This video continues to walk you through the completion of that challenge and demonstrates how TopSolid 7 allows users to design for manufacturability. In short, how TopSolid simplifies your manufacturing process.


After completing this challenge and making the resulting series of videos available to you, I decided to extend the challenge. To that end, we created the Program Your Part Challenge in which I invite you to challenge me with your part and/or manufacturing challenges.

We are now going to modify a part locally to tell TopSolid what we want to happen after the first machining operation. An in-place edit allows me to do all of my modeling within the context of the assembly.

After creating the sketches needed for the part, I need to create a drilling group. As I move through this project, there is a strong chance that my drilled holes will need to change as design modifications are made. I don’t want to have to go back and change each drilling every time a change is needed. Therefore, I created an associative value to the measurement of the existing face. If the face changes diameter, TopSolid will update the drilling field automatically.

Ultimately, however I choose to manage these drillings, the results are the same. But leveraging the design intent power of TopSolid is simply a better way to operate.

Want to challenge me with a part or manufacturing process problems? Check out the Program Your Part Challenge.