Now this is a great Mold design software…

The following video was put together by our reseller in Mexico, CIMCo. Feel free to visit them here.  I think that they did a great job of showcasing the TopSolid solution for Mold design, simulation and manufacturing within this video.

Part of what makes TopSolid such a great platform is its continued focus to solve manufacturing problems for our customers. In the case of mold manufacturing doesn’t it make more sense to work with a solution that does 100% of the process within the same platform? This includes:

  • Plastic flow simulation
  • Core/Cavity creation
  • Full 3d mold design with standard components
  • Electrode design
  • Drafting
  • Cam
  • Document management (PDM)

Have a look at this cool sample and see for yourself why you should choose TopSolid as your manufacturing platform.

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Engineering changes are easy with TopSolid

Let’s face it, change happens. It happens in all aspects of our lives from work to play. And change is good too…isn’t it? Well?

In the engineering and manufacturing world change happens often. What’s more these changes are never supposed to delay delivery times. Right…

Probably one of the biggest challenges in manufacturing is the infamous revision. Let’s paint a picture.

You are a manufacturer. You use product X to machine parts with.

Your customer uses product Y to engineer their products with. They send you data in a neutral way so that you can read it into your product of choice.

Now the fun happens. You begin designing and programming up your customers part. Life is good. You figure out a way to get to your finish line a day early. Life is great! You begin running first off’s of your project to prove out the program. You check your work. Only minor tweaks needed. Life is Fantastic!!!

The phone rings…

It’s your customer. They found a mistake in their project and have just emailed you an updated file with the corrections.

Your world shatters…just a little bit.

Why?

Because now you effectively have to completely start over with everything. But you tell yourself how much faster you will do it the second time around. So you have that going for you.

Why do you need to start over? That’s simple. The product that you work with, while it may be very widely used, was never written to allow changes like this to happen. Because of this business critical limitation in your solution, you get to basically throw away a lot of hard work.

Now, I know that some will say that I am making a big deal out of this. And I say they are correct! I know that every software has their ways to help you try and reuse portions of the original work. But it is always just portions.

What if there was a better way?

TopSolid is that better way. TopSolid is written with the focus on manufacturing and how it actually happens. TopSolid is written to work with you…not against you.

In the video below, we walk you through such a scenario. My part is fully programmed and my customer sends me a revision. So what’s different?

What’s different is that TopSolid does all of the heavy lifting for you. What’s different is this is basically automatic. What’s different is you are back up and running your part within a few minutes, design changes included. What’s different is that your world may not have to shatter slightly each time your customer sends you a revision.

And do you want to know the best part? This works with any data from and cad platform on the market. It works with native data (SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Catia…). It works with neutral data (Parasolid, Step, Igs, Acis…).

Watch the video. Tell me what you think. From my standpoint there is a better way to work.

That way is to work with TopSolid.

 

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Emboss a logo from a DXF file onto a 3d part

In this video, you will learn how to emboss a logo onto a 3d face. You will start by importing a dxf file.  Then you will scale the imported sketch.  After that you will create a basic 3d shape to emboss the logo on.  Finally, you will learn how to emboss your imported profile onto your 3d face.  It’s important to understand that embossing will keep the curvature of the surface in tact on the embossed feature.

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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…

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Getting Started: Basic 2d Mill Tutorial

TopSolid Getting Started Tutorial logo

In this TopSolid Getting Started video tutorial series, you will be introduced step by step to the basics of how to create tool path for a basic 2d mill part.  This will include:

  • A review of the basic TopSolid settings used to create this tutorial
  • Importation of the tutorial project
  • Step by step videos to machine the part through completion
  • How to use Verify
  • Post processing
  • Creation of setup sheets

Part to machine for tutorial

The goal of this tutorial is to help new users of TopSolid get up and running with our solution quickly and efficiently.

This tutorial does not fully explain each option that is used. Instead it shows you the basics so that you can begin to fully explore what TopSolid’Cam can do for you.

In order to use this tutorial, you will need to download the tutorial assets.  Below are a couple of links that you can use. You can download just the project file with the Parasolid file.  Or you can download the project file, with the Parasolid file and a copy of all of the videos that go with the tutorial.  The second option is quite the large download. But with this download, you don’t need to have web access to watch the videos.  The choice is yours.

Sample project download
Sample Package (50 Kb’s)
Sample project download
Sample Package with videos (535 Mb’s)

After you have downloaded the project, please proceed to watching the videos. Again, if you downloaded the project with the videos, you can watch them from inside of TopSolid. Otherwise, the videos for this tutorial are as follows.

TopSolid Cam 2d Mill Basic-Before you Start

In this video, you will see how to modify some of the settings within TopSolid. It is important to check your settings so that they match the settings used in this tutorial. If you don’t, TopSolid may react differently from what you see in the video. These differences will only be things like default values, unit of measure and such.  However, for the best experience possible with this tutorial, we recommend you to modify your settings to match ours.

Step 1

In step 1 of the basic 2d cam tutorial for TopSolid 7, you start by importing the package Continue reading Getting Started: Basic 2d Mill Tutorial

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