TopSolid 7 makes it even easier to configure your PDM server. Additionally, help is just a click away as we added a shortcut to the remote assistance command allowing you to obtain help from your reseller. Check it out by viewing this quick video.
Key engineering design functions have become increasingly computerized making digital security to a top priority for engineering organizations. While digital security has always been an important part of the TopSolid platform, TopSolid 7 includes a huge improvement to the security section of client-server use.
These improvements make managing permissions much easier so that you can control who has access to what data. These enhancements make it much easier for you to control information user by user, department by department and project folder by project folder.
This video demonstration shows you just how easy it now is to manage this important aspect of your PDM configuration.
Knowing where you are at-a-glance within an engineering sketch and what it means is critical for efficient engineering design. TopSolid 7’s sketcher improvements allow you to create a default color for elements hooked to basic elements when creating bottom-up assemblies.
Building, maintaining and growing your organization’s collection of custom engineering symbols will go a long way toward advancing efficiency within your team. TopSolid 7 allows you to build and define as many custom symbols as you need, then parametrize the drivers and other details for each custom symbol. You can even associate conditions with each symbol.
Your growing library of custom symbols will increase efficiency and standardization across your organization, however symbols are customizable at the moment of insertion into a document to accommodate subtle adjustments that often need to be made.
I am often asked the question “How should I structure a project in TopSolid’PDM?”. And I often answer with something like…that depends. Why? To build a good structure for your process, you must first ask yourself a few questions. Before you can ask the questions however, you also should understand your end goal. And to understand the end goal, you need to understand the mission of managing data and how it will flow through your organization.
My goal in this blog post is to help you begin to understand your own work flow. Then take that workflow and turn into some basic structure within the TopSolid 7 platform.
The mission of data management
Why do you want to manage your data? It’s a very simple question…but wow the impact of the answer can be intense! Why? Managing data (or information) should be in the top 5 of items that have the largest impact on your business. If it is not, then you might be making a critical business mistake. The reason I say this is because if you do not manage information within your organization correctly, then you can run into problems like:
Misinformation being shared (internally or worse externally)
Wrong revisions being manufactured
Projects not starting on time
Projects starting too soon
The list can go on and on. Managing your data in a way the follows even a basic structure can ensure that some of these business-critical mistakes are lessoned or better eliminated altogether. Ask yourself this question:
What would it be worth to your organization if you could eliminate or even minimize the number of mistakes made during the flow of your manufacturing process?
I’ll bet that if you really sat down and thought about this question…the answer would shock you. And hopefully the answer will motivate you to begin down the path of structure.
Now if we circle back to the first question in this section… Why do you want to manage your data? The simple question after all will have a simple answer. You want to structure your data so that you can ensure it flows through your organization in a way that follows the most optimal path while ensuring all parties involved always have the most up-to-date information possible.
The end goal of structure
Now that you understand why it is important to manage data, it’s time to discuss the structure of data. In thinking structure, you want to think about what you need to manage and what the parent/child relationships of managing that item might look like.
For example, maybe you build vices. The overall vice will have a part (or item) number for the final assembly of the vice. Each of the components of the vice will in turn have their own part number. Each component of the vice would be a child to the main assembly of the vice (called a parent). Yet still some of the items of the vice are standard off-the-shelf items and might have their own part numbering structure as well. Continue reading Structure a Project in TopSolid PDM→
Multi-session mode is a new PDM feature within TopSolid 7. This feature allows you to work on multiple aspects of the same project simultaneously on your local server. Or, when working within a team environment, this feature allows you to collaborate on a project in real time.
Microsoft recently made a change that allows you to use local PDM mode like client-server mode of PDM, but locally on your machine. This video shows you how to convert to local PDM server mode, but please watch the video in its entirety as once you convert to local PDM mode, you cannot go back.
TopSolid 7 allows you schedule automatic backups to assure your data is not lost if something happens to your local computer. Finally, you can now run multiple instances of TopSolid on the same machine allowing you to work on different aspects of the same project, or different projects at the same time.
Here’s a quick, but robust new feature in TopSolid 7. You can now select multiple templates at once when creating engineering drawings. Multiple design documents are created with one simple mouse click. Watch a video demonstration to see how it works.
Robust search functionality is extremely valuable within the complex world of engineering design. In addition to the search functionality TopSolid has always had, TopSolid 7 includes three new powerful search functionalities.
First, the new quick search feature includes a part preview panel to help you to quickly find what you are looking for.
Secondly, TopSolid 7 now allows you to create and save searches to meet your precise needs. You can make your searches as specific as you need them to be. In fact, anything searchable in TopSolid 7 can become a saved search. Once you find what you are looking for, you can drag and drop it into a document or assembly. Any part, function, tool path strategy or other searchable attribute can become a saved search for quick reference allowing you to quickly and easily add past work to your current effort. In short, TopSolid’s saved search functionality allows you to create “libraries” that facilitate seamless reuse of past work.
Finally, TopSolid 7’s new searches manager allows an organization to create a list of company-wide standard searches. Again, any project data point from specific parts, a part from a specific manufacturer, functionality, tooling behavior, etc. can be become a saved search and utilized by your entire team or organization.
The ability to access and utilize robust engineering design data is just as important as the ability to create it. TopSolid 7 takes major leaps forward in improving data access and reusability.
This video walks you step-by-step through the process of basic 3D machining using some standard TopSolid7 2D operations, but mostly 3D operations.
Our sample project is a fairly simple dustpan mold, but even a fairly simple part presents plenty of design challenges. However, with TopSolid 7, the process is easy and efficient.
Within the demonstration, I start by importing project information and we learn right away that TopSolid 7 is advanced enough to detect multiple bodies, therefore makes an assembly out of it. For this demonstration, I use a blank machining template to give you a better understanding of the out of the box power of TopSolid 7.
Demonstration highlights include:
Block positioning constraint functionality that allows you to position the part accurately, and without the errors that can lead to machining challenges
Selection of specific tooling options including the tool itself, gauge, feeds, speeds, and coolant settings
Calculation of our tool cutting path by applying select tools, cutting conditions and established default values
3D cutting path simulation that allows you to view the material removal process
Verification that there are no tool collisions
Simulations that reveal the adjustments that need to be made to assure a quality end product
TopSolid 7 allows you to identify shortcomings in tool selection and settings so that you can make the needed adjustments. But, what’s really powerful is that by taking the time to teach TopSolid 7 a little bit about how you like to machine parts, the system gives you a way to capture some of your manufacturing knowledge and teach TopSolid CAM how to use this knowledge.
All of the users on your team can then tap into TopSolid’s knowledge of your manufacturing process to create high-quality parts and products much more efficiently. Watch the video demonstration to learn about how simple 3D machining can be with TopSolid 7.