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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Add Countersinks Correctly…Everywhere!

TopSolid 7 now allows you to add in and out countersinks to any TopSolid standard drilling. This feature allows you to set both in and out countersinks and potentially related details – perhaps chamfer for example. TopSolid also allows you to manage these details within the mode most convenient to you – even at the assembly level.

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TopSolid 7 CAM – Working with Probing

Working with probing cycles when setting up your machining operations can be very challenging. Thankfully, TopSolid has further enhanced features to make these processes easier. This video demonstration walks you through one of the many ways that TopSolid can handle probing cycles. You will learn how to set your WCS for machining and for probing and then learn how to tie them together so that the post processor can output the correct cycle for you.

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Blower Wheel Machining with TopSolid 7

Introduction

In this 7 step video series, you will learn how to machine a blower wheel within TopSolid 7.  This will include preparing your cad data, defining your stock model, selection of a machine, adding a fixture, and adding your MPS file to cut.  From there, you learn how to use Turning to machine as much as possible prior to moving on to 4 axis continuous roughing and semi finishing.  Lastly we will cover a few different types of 5 axis finishing.  Oh and don’t forget that you will also learn a lot of tips and tricks along the way too!

Prepare Data for Blower Wheel

Create an MPS document for the blower wheel in TopSolidIn this sample, we are assuming that the first operation has been completed by someone else.  So you will need to create a stock model that is representative of that. In Step 1, we will focus on building a custom assembly so that you can define your stock correctly.

In all reality, you have two choices here. You can create the custom stock directly within a MPS file (Machine Part Setup), or you can do it within an assembly file.

If you choose to use a MPS file, the creation of this custom stock will be tied to that MPS file.  This means that in the parametric world that is TopSolid, the birth of this custom stock block will be tied to the existence of the MPS file.  Now if this is a simple, one off part then this method works well. However if there is a chance that you might use this stock model another way, it is better to use an assembly first. Besides, if you start with an assembly, you will have more freedom as to how you design the stock model.  The video below will show you how to build the assembly first and then how to use it within a Machine Part Setup Document.

Setup the machine

Like in every real job, you have choices to make.  You need to select a machine to run a job on…choose fixturing and tooling and of course you need to setup the machine.  In TopSolid, it’s no different.  In TopSolid, we always start with machine selection.  It is a critical part of the manufacturing process that will affect how you hold the part and how many setups are required to machine the part. In this sample, we will choose a DMG CTX Beta 1250 TC to machine our blower wheel.

Select a machine for the Blower Wheel project in TopSolidIn Step 2, you will start by creating a new, empty machining document.  From there you will use the “select a machine” command to browse to and select the CTX Beta.  After TopSolid loads the machine definition, your next step will be to select and add the correct chuck and jaw combination.  In this case, you will browse to a sample chuck library and choose the 3 jaw Rohm chuck.  You will use standard windows drag-n-drop to include the chuck into the machining file.  Next you will use standard TopSolid constraint positioning methodologies to position the chuck.  Play close attention to the fact that the jaws on the chuck move in and out according to the stroke of that specific chuck as well! Continue reading Blower Wheel Machining with TopSolid 7

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Preserve Colors When Unsewing Surfaces

A small improvement for TopSolid 2017 introduces the ability to maintain the colors of a face when you are unsewing the solid (or composite surface model). This can be very useful to future steps that need to be done only to faces of a specific color.

Check out the video to learn about this new improvement.

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How to use TopSolid Plastic Flow

Being able to quickly and easily run a plastic flow analysis on a part is critical to the accuracy of modern day mold design. Thankfully, TopSolid understands this.  This is because TopSolid understands manufacturing.  And the goal of TopSolid is to be a turn key manufacturing solution!

Define your material

IRemember to define your material for use with TopSolid Plastic Flown order to do a plastic flow analysis in TopSolid, you need to prepare the part correctly first.  This preparation can include describing the material being molded (minimum requirement), but also can include adding the runner and gates to the part as well.  The material definition must include material information from Cad Mould’s extensive library of plastics.

Wizards make it easy to use

It's easy to use TopSolid Plastic Flow with a wizardOnce you’ve defined the type of plastic, and applied the material to the part, you can send the part into a plastic flow analysis document.  When you get into the analysis document, an automatic wizard will run that will guide you through the steps you need to take to do a plastic flow analysis.  The wizard will walk you though selecting the injection point, ensuring that you have defined your material correctly and finally that you have the injection parameters set properly.

Sit back and watch the results happen

Learn how to use TopSolid Plastic Flow on a 2 cavity mold

Now that you have the analysis setup, it’s time to run the analysis.  Running TopSolid’s Plastic Flow by Cad Mould requires an internet connection in the US as it is a cloud solution.  This means that the calculation is done on the cloud which is great news for you! It means you don’t need a super computer in order to get the result!

Watch how simple it really is to use

In this video, you will learn the basics of how to use the Plastic Flow add-on module.  This module is made available by Cad Mould and runs inside of TopSolid.  The best part of learning the basics is that that is all you need to learn in order to use Plastic Flow!

 

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Copy Face (or surface) with Complimentary Trimming

TopSolid 7 includes an important improvement to the face copy command. In past versions of TopSolid, you could copy any face, but we’ve now given you the new complimentary face section option. This ability copies and trims the face to fill holes using the exact face from the surrounding edges.

These new enhancements allow you to more easily create the surfaces you need and to get the job done faster.

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New Matrix Command Makes Quick Work of Variable Surfacing

A new surfacing command called matrix was introduced with TopSolid 7. The power of this command comes into play when creating complex surfaces such as for use with wire EDM or die design.

For example, when building complex die reliefs, you often need to create variable drafted surfaces and then do complicated things with fillets and transitions between the various areas of the die. This type of surfacing took a lot of time prior to the introduction of TopSolid’s matrix command.

Check out the video demonstration to learn how the new matrix command works.

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Improved Face Checking for Sheet Metal Parts

As we prepared to release TopSolid 7, we paid a lot of attention to improve the checking for continuity of sheet metal parts. For example, TopSolid 7 now makes sure that all of the faces are on the same side and if the faces are not in continuous form, you are notified of this error.

Errors result when you have not described your sheet metal part correctly, which typically occurs when importing sheet metal parts from third-party software. However, TopSolid now does a better job of alerting you to these errors so that they can be fixed and quality or overall design problems avoided.

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