Jan
14

TopSolid 7 Revealed: Program the Job

Ok, so I hope that you are a meat and potatoes kind of person because in this post we will be covering the meat and potatoes of our big picture effort. In fact, we will cover every aspect of programming this job from building custom tooling to using stored favorite programming methods. This post will… Continue reading »

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Nov
07

TopSolid 7 Revealed: Setup the machine

TopSolid Cam 7 is founded on the principle of assembly-based machining. In this post we will show you how easy it is to bring in your custom fixtures and assemble them onto your machine of choice. In this case, we will be using full machine simulation during the programming stages. It is our goal to… Continue reading »

Oct
18

TopSolid 7 Revealed: Prepare parts for machining

Ok , so we have our fixtures and our custom stock conditions all set up. Now it’s time to put them all together so that TopSolid Cam 7 knows what’s what. This is the step that most cad/cam systems don’t offer because they don’t’ know how to manage real stock conditions let alone give you… Continue reading »

Oct
14

300th TopSolid Video Created

Today was a very exciting day! Not only did I get to have fun doing some TopSolid 7 demonstrations, but I also got to publish our 300th TopSolid Video!  And here it is! The video below will show you how to build the front end assembly shown in the image above! What’s that? You want… Continue reading »

Oct
13

TopSolid 7 Revealed: Fixture Design

Sometimes you can reuse old fixtures. Other times you need to build special fixtures. In this post we will do both! In fact we are going to start by downloading a vice from Kurt Work Holding. We will show you how quickly we can take that imported fixture and capture its design intent within TopSolid… Continue reading »

Oct
03

Capturing design intent with TopSolid 7

Design intent. Now that is a topic of conversation that can truly be taken in hundreds of directions…if not more! Design intent has been a huge topic of “marketing” conversation for cad companies for years. And each company seems to spin their own definition of what design intent means to them. So I figured…why not… Continue reading »

Sep
26

TopSolid 7 Revealed: Engineer the 3 setups required

Every job is different. Some jobs are easy…and some…not so much! In this post we will show you the steps it takes to engineer the 3 stock conditions that will be used later in our fixture development. Why would we even care about stock conditions? That’s a simple one to answer. If we didn’t know… Continue reading »

Sep
16

TopSolid 7 Revealed!

It is often very difficult to see the big picture. Why? Because the big picture is often too much for any one person to handle all at once. Because of this, I have decided to paint the big picture of TopSolid 7 for you…but not in one post! In fact this series of posts will most… Continue reading »

Jul
25

TopSolid 7 makes reusability look easy!

One of the biggest problems that every manufacturer faces is time. Time is one of the most critical components, and it is also one of the hardest to calculate. For example, it is often impossible to factor every little thing into a quote. That said, manufacturers often find themselves saying something like: “Hmmm…I didn’t think… Continue reading »

May
16

TopSolid 7 – Limitless assembly functionality

So here’s the scoop. You are in the middle of designing an assembly and you come across a challenging problem. To resolve this problem all you would need to do is subtract one part from another. But I ask you…does your Cad software allow you to do this easily? Or do you need to find… Continue reading »

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