Offset Distance Control Now Available on More Constraint Types

TopSolid 2017 now offers the ability to apply an offset value to even more types of assembly constraints. This new improvement is now also available on the axis-on-point, point-on-axis, point-on-point and axis-on-axis positioning constraints. What’s even better is that these offset values are dynamically maintained as adjustments to the design are made. Check out the video to learn how this works!

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Process Repetition Control – Part or Assembly Level?

More refined process control within TopSolid 7 now allows you to determine at what level you would like to do process repetition. Specifically, do you want the repetition to occur at the part level or at the assembly level? The choice is now yours. Watch the video to see how it works.

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Extruded Bar Complex Trimming Calculation Feature

Simple, efficient and error-free documentation capabilities have been improved by the extruded bar complex trimming feature in TopSolid 7. Why is it important to easily document that there is a complex trimming? First, this feature allows this important detail to be reported in the bill of materials (BOM). Readers of the BOM can tell at a glance that a specific part has a complex trimming on it.

Extruded bar complex trimming calculation
Extruded Bar Complex Trimming Calculation

Secondly, this feature allows for complete and accurate measurement of the extended length of the part to give us a true cut length of the part. Again, it’s about avoiding mistakes and making sure the documentation facilitates an error-free and efficient assembly. Watch the video demonstration to see how it works.

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Choose When to Update Derived Parts

Sometimes, engineers need the freedom to be able to modify a part design without worrying about the CAM programming impact for the manufacturing team.  We listened and TopSolid 7 now offers you the ability to create local or derived copies of your parts and to control precisely when the parts are updated.

A derived copy of a part allows you to modify that part, for example – manufacturability – without ever changing the original design of that part. By turning off auto-refresh, you can decide exactly when design modifications are pushed to manufacturing. This feature is especially useful when a part is still in the design phase and you don’t want manufacturing to have to regenerate their tool path every time engineering makes a change to a part still in progress. See how it works

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Easily Set Colors & Machining Process for Drillings

Yet another new feature in TopSolid is the ability to set a specific machining process and color for each of the different steps in the drilling. This video shows an example specifying the spot facing machining processes, as well as the drilling process. The colors now show up differently as specified within the design and TopSolid CAM now knows exactly what to do for these drillings.

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Easy and Accurate Global and Local Component Substitutions

It is now significantly easier to modify subcomponents within TopSolid 7. The new subcomponents command gives you the option to replace only select components, replace a given component across the complete design with a substituting component, or globally replace a component across the complete design with designated exclusions.

Using Subcomponents Command and Substitution Rules
Using Subcomponents Command and Substitution Rules

For additional efficiency and accuracy, substitution rules can be established to define the different ways the subcomponents command can be used, capture different ways you might choose to modify components and create shortcuts to modify a lot of design aspects quickly without accidently missing components needing to be changed. Watch the video demo to see how it works

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Captain America and Thor Help Demonstrate New Automatic Assembly Constraints

TopSolid has always done an excellent job when it comes to assigning assembly constraints to a bottom-up assembly. However, we have further upgraded these

Automatic Assembly Constraints
Automatic Assembly Constraints

capabilities in TopSolid 7 – Captain America and Thor help show just how powerful these new constraints are.

Six new constraints types have been added to the automatic constraint mode. Now, when using automatic constraint mode, you can apply the following new constraints:

  • Frame-on-frame
  • Point-on-point
  • Point-on-plane
  • Plane-on-point
  • Axis-on-point
  • Point-on-axis

Of course, you still have the original functionality which includes axis-on-axis, axis-on-plane, plane-on-axis, plane-on-plane, surface-on-surface, and alignment.

What the demo video to learn more about these new constraint types.

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Can TopSolid Automatically Rough a Part from 5 Sides?

Yes, TopSolid can automatically rough a part from five sides! But, the full answer is quite a bit more interesting than a simple yes.

Can TopSolid automatically perform this complicated task out-of-the-box? No, it does not know how to do that. But, TopSolid contains a powerful feature called methods automation. Using methods automation, the answer is yes. And what is even better is that methods automation is easy to use and can be based on your own machining experience.

Use Methods Automation to rough a complex part
Using Methods Automation

In the example featured in the demonstration video, the method asks the user to pick faces to define the work control system (WCS).

Ultimately, the user adds the method to TopSolidCAM with a simple drag and drop. Per the established method, TopSolid pops up questions asking the user for required information. After providing the information TopSolid requests of the user, the technology does all the work from there – it creates the WCS’, applies the tool paths, updates the stock and so forth.

This is a great example of how TopSolid captures and makes your manufacturing knowledge reusable so that efficiencies and high-quality machining can be applied across your organization.

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Select Faces by Tangency

New within TopSolid 7 is a huge improvement to the selection of faces. This improvement is particularly useful when you are working with faces that are not perfectly tangent to one another making the selection of faces previously very difficult.

The video included within this post demonstrates the new improvement called Faces by Tangency, which is a product-wide improvement. Anywhere, within any function, you can select faces, and a new sub-filter allows you to much more easily manage those faces. Watch the video demonstration to see how it works and the new simplicity and efficiency you will achieve.

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New Edge Constraint Mode – Fillet with Constraints

TopSolid 7 now has a way to control the end condition of a fillet. The new edge constraint mode allows end conditions to happen in a more variable way allowing you to simply select the two edges to be relative to one another and TopSolid does the rest. Watch the video to see how it works.

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