TopSolid 2011 is nearly here! As part of a continued segment, I will be talking about some of the key Cad or design improvements made to TopSolid 2011. If you missed my last post regarding TopSolid’Cam 2011, you can read it here.
In this post, I will be talking about everyone’s favorite subject…surfacing!
It’s not actually your favorite subject?
Oh, I see…because surfacing is typically a pain in the…right, we don’t need to finish that statement, do we?
Ok, so I will agree that surfacing can, from time to time, be a bit of a pain. However, sometimes, you just don’t have a choice and you have to use surfacing tools. That said, perhaps some of the new improvements to TopSolid 2011 will make your life just a bit easier. And with golf season coming up soon, wouldn’t having an easier design life just make sense?
So let’s get started, shall we?
The new improvement that I would like to speak about has to do with the surfacing tool called “Fill Hole”. For you avid TopSolid fans, you know this tool well. And you know that this tool did have some limitations. Notice I said “did”? Yes, this is my subtle way of saying the limitations are no longer there!
For those of you who are new to TopSolid, let me sum it up for you. The Fill Hole command is a surfacing tool that attempts to fill holes in sheet bodies. But what does this mean? Let’s say that you are a mold designer and that you need to create a shut off surface. The best way to do this, is to use the part geometries natural surfaces to “fill the hole with”. This is a perfect example of where the fill hole command comes into play.
In past versions, if the area to fill was very complicated (had a lot of different faces and edges), the result wasn’t so appealing. See the images below to see what I mean. (click on each one to see them full size)
Now, in the 2011 version, the fill hole command has the capability to automatically extend the surface’s edges so that they in fact remove or “heal” the hole that was in the surface body. This is achieved through a new set of automated tools. See the miages below to see what I mean. (Again, click on each image to see them full size).
Sounds complex right? In fact it is! But thanks to a little automation, anyone can use it.
Check out the video below to see the new improvements live for yourself. And then…be sure to tell your friends about it!