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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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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »