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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. So, this series of videos walks you through the completion of that challenge and demonstrates how TopSolid 7, a very robust design and machining platform, allows users to operate at a much higher plane.


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 problem part and/or manufacturing challenges.

We have one more assembly to make – the base plate itself. After completing this assembly, we have built everything that needs to be built to start manufacturing. However, first, we need to create a machine parts setup document (MPSD).

What is a MPSD? A MPSD is the intermediate document between design and manufacturing. In short, it is the document that passes your creation and programming to the manufacturing floor. As we create our MPSD within TopSolid, each of our assemblies will be broken up into individual pieces. A critical part of creating this document is telling TopSolid what I want to manufacture and what I don’t. For example, we will not be machining the standard components within our assembly, like screws and washers, and TopSolid needs to know that.

The “supporting components” within our assembly – toe clamp, screws, washers, etc. – I drag and drop into a section TopSolid calls “environment.” Environment objects are those you want TopSolid to avoid when creating toolpaths.

As you watch the video, you will notice a really handy feature of TopSolid. The components of our assembly are color coded by the type of object they are. In this case, environment components are green, stock is purple, and the finished part is blue. This color coding translates from my established classifications on the left-hand side of my screen to the sub assembly itself.

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