TopSolid Newsletter Issue #33, July-August

Issue #33, July-August

Integrated CAD/CAM At Its Best 


Multifunction machining with TopSolid'Cam

TopSolid'Progress to design and manufacture your tools

TopSolid at major manufacturing trade fairs

What’s new?

Customer of the month: Roku

TopSolid Tip of the month: TopSolid'Design

Upcoming Events

Multifunction machining with TopSolid'Cam

Multifunction machines (often called mill turn machines) are capable of combining milling and turning operations and can thereby machine complex parts in just 1 operation. It is important to realise, however, that these machines require not only specialized and highly trained staff but also a CAD/CAM software adapted to mill turn machining which enables the simulation and synchronisation of different machining stages when the machining program is generated on the computer.

The purchase of sophisticated machining centres is a very important investment and represents a big challenge for these companies: Modern machining centres and mill turn machines are very expensive and in many cases need to work 24h a day so that the investment is profitable. One of the main reasons why companies stop direct programming on the machine is the complexity of multi-axes machining using 2 spindles which makes mental calculation of different operations impossible.

The right CAD/CAM software is therefore essential to get the most out of your mill turn machine. One of the key competencies of a CAD/CAM software for complete machining is its capacity to manage milling and turning. The majority of software solutions on the market today offer very strong milling strategies but are less competent in turning. Missler Software in fact developed very strong competencies in turning from early on and today is one of the leading providers of CAD/CAM solutions for turning. Many TopSolid customers choose TopSolid'Cam because of its strong turning capacities.

In TopSolid'Cam turning operations the part is placed on a virtual machine and the software proposes adapted machining cycles. In addition, TopSolid'Cam indicates which operations can and cannot be carried out with the selected machine. This differentiates TopSolid'Cam from other software solutions which do not have integrated simulation capacities. “TopSolid'Cam does not simulate a machine like in some software solutions, it programs a virtual machine which thereby enables the operator to verify and control the toolpath during programming." Another strong point of the software is the possibility to manage the stock so that all machining operations take into account the correct stock model.

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Multifunction machines are often used in the manufacture of high precision parts manufactured in small series


A CAD/CAM software is essential to program multifunction machines.

TopSolid'Progress to design and manufacture your tools

TopSolid'Progress is a CAD solution for the design of progressive tools for sheet metal forming. Since 2004 Missler Software has worked closely with AutoForm Engineering, specialist in the die face design and sheet metal forming process simulation software notably for the automobile industry, to create unfolding techniques which are directly accessible in TopSolid. The first stage of this collaboration was completed with the creation of the module BlankWizard in January 2005. The second stage happened with the launch of TopSolid'Progress 2006 and the creation of the new module FormingWizard. Let's take a closer look at TopSolid'Progress, BlankWizard and FormingWizard.

BlankWizard, a module available with TopSolid'Progress since the beginning of 2005, integrates AutoForm Engineering's forming simulation technology to enable the die designer to rapidly define the required blank and design the strip in a completely associative process. BlankWizard is also available for purchase directly with the module TopSolid'Design. Companies working with TopSolid'Design will use BlankWizard to obtain the cutting contours of parts which cannot be folded/unstamped using « classical » methods. This module is also very useful for calculating the surface of the part and thereby calculating the amount of material needed at the estimate stage, in particular for parts created by stamping or progress tool processes.

Companies already using TopSolid'Progress can use BlankWizard in many different ways. Its functionalities are directly integrated in the blank creation which is carried out when the part is imported. Many possibilities are open to the operator who can carry out a global unstamping operation or use a method that combines unfolding and unstamping (for some isolated areas of the part).

The collaboration between Missler Software and AutoForm Engineering continues to evolve and earlier this year Missler Software launched FormingWizard, a more advanced follow-on from BlankWizard. This new add-on has been created for companies that need more precise information on the process of unfolding that will be carried out on the part:

  • Firstly FormingWizard gives access to a database of standard materials to calculate more precisely the dimensions of the unfolded part. The operator can add his own materials to the database by indicating the mechanical characteristics of the material.
  • Secondly, FormingWizard offers analytical tools which can detect, both globally and locally, the variation of the thickness levels and deformation undergone by the part. The operator, thereby, obtains precious information to analyse the feasibility of the part deformation.

You can discover TopSolid'Progress 2008 on the Micronora International Microtechnology trade fair in Besançon in France, 23-26 September, Alley 3, Stand 301.



TopSolid'Progress is a CAD solution for the design of progressive tools for sheet metal forming



Discover more about easier strip design with TopSolid'Progress on the Micronora trade fair.

TopSolid at major manufacturing trade fairs

Missler Software will participate in 2 major international manufacturing trade fairs in September: AMB, the leading and highly traditional European exhibition for the metal working and processing industry will take place in Stuttgart from 09-13 September. Exhibitors from all over the world will present their products and services in an area of 105,200 square metres in nine exhibition halls divided into special sections. Missler Software will participate on this fair with 3 of its resellers from Germany and Switzerland.

IMTS, International Manufacturing Technology Show, is the largest manufacturing biennial show in North America. The show takes place in Chicago from 08-13 September. More than 1500 companies will exhibit on the show which will attract in the region of 100,000 visitors from around the world. Missler Software will be of course be present on the show with its local US resellers.

Here are some of the new functionalities of TopSolid'Cam which be presented on these shows:

  • Reproduction of an operations plan on a different part
  • Management of angular strokes in 5 axis machines
  • Mouse facing with management of tool paths leaning on faces or profiles
  • Edition of the geometry of drilling cycles
  • Automatic recognition of drillings for axial and radial operations
  • New plunge roughing finishing cycle for deep parts
  • New functions for 3D machining cycles


Visit the TopSolid booth in Hall 4, Stand B55


Visit the TopSolid booth, D3015


What’s new?

TopSolid User Meeting in Germany

The German TopSolid reseller WeSt was pleased to welcome the participants to its 3rd regional user meeting on June 24 and 25 at the Victor's Residenzhotel located in Saarbrücken, close to the company's headquarters. The presentations covered the new functions in the 2008 version of TopSolid as well as an introduction to important new concepts released in previous releases of the software, like the sketcher and advanced component methodologies.

"We believe that this type of seminar is useful for both our customers and us", says Ulrich Alt, president of WeSt. "We always strive to be more present and keep in touch with our customers regularly. In the autumn, we will come to see our customers in Osnabrück, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich and Dresden thereby offering a seminar within a 1 hour drive for most of our customers".

The feedback from the TopSolid customers present at the seminar was positive: "Some of the evolutions will save me lots of time", says Rainer Ludwig of Lufratech GmbH, a tool maker and sub-contractor using TopSolid for 3 years. "I appreciated getting in touch with other users and sharing my experiences with them."

The partnership West – TopSolid has helped many companies to reduce time and cost in design and manufacturing through the use of modern CAD/CAM technology. Since 1992, WeSt has assisted more than 150 customers gain productivity and competitive advantages.

User meeting organised by WeSt in Germany

TopSolid'Mold 2008 in Portugal

Isicom CAD, the TopSolid VAR based in Leiria in Portugal, recently held a user day on 19th June to show its Portuguese customers and prospects all that's new in TopSolid 2008.

More than 50 people from 23 different companies, including many mold making companies from the Marinha Grande area, attended the user day.

Present from Missler Software were Arnaud de Boisboissel, International Sales Director, Eric Gervan, Channel Manager and Thierry Leclerc, Technical Engineer.

User meeting organised by Isicom in Portugal

Customer of the month: Roku

For ROKU Mechanik GmbH, a company specialized in the complete machining of complex A-parts (a classification of very high quality parts), short machine run times are more important than short programming times. With TopSolid, the company is able to simulate and optimize not only the tool paths but also the machining duration. ROKU manager, Roland Kuhnhaus, is anticipating total cost reductions to the tune of at least 50 per cent thanks to the use of the Missler Software solution.

ROKU is looking forward to additional savings potential through the introduction of product data management, which promises more efficient administration of the many devices and production equipment.

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TopSolid Tip of the month: TopSolid'Design

You are a TopSolid operator and you would like some tips on what your software is capable of doing. Each newsletter will include a highlight of the month accompanied by an avi of a TopSolid module.
This month let's take a look at a new tip for TopSolid'Design and how to find files.


Video commentary

All TopSolid users want be able to retrieve their files easily within TopSolid. TopSolid'Finder* is the tool which enables you to do this.

How to retrieve your files: Inside TopSolid click on "Search" followed by the filtre icon. This function allows you to determine your search criteria. In this example search in the ..\encaisseuse folder for all parts made of steel.

Note: we can search in all folders. All we have to do is to drag and drop the desired folders in the target list. Now click on the search button to see the result. The information tag allows us to affine the search by selecting a critera - in this example the criteria is steel (search of all steel parts)

We can then save the results and criteria of the search. By double clicking on the file in the list we can open the file in TopSolid or TopSolid'Viewer.

*TopSolid'Finder is an independent and free module which can be downloaded and installed from the internet.

Download TopSolid'Viewer & TopSolid'Finder

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Upcoming Events

All Missler Software and reseller trade fairs will be published here each month and can also be found on

Rio Industrial From  06/08/2008 to 09/08/2008 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Missler Software Brasil

IWF From  20/08/2008 to 23/08/2008 Atlanta, USA

4527 - Missler Software

Trä och teknik From  27/08/2008 to 30/08/2008 Göteborg, Sweden

Stand A 09:29 - Protech Sweden

TIV From 03/09/2008 to 04/09/2008 Hardenberg, Holland

Bemet International BV

AMB From  09/09/2008 to 13/09/2008 Stuttgart, Germany

Hall 4 Stand B55 - Missler Software

IMTS From  08/09/2008 to 13/09/2008 Chicago, USA

D-3015 - Missler Software

Brno MSV From  15/09/2008 to 19/09/2008 Brno, Czech Republic

EC Duplex

Tekniske Messe From  22/09/2008 to 25/09/2008 Lilleström, Sweden

Protech Sweden

Micronora From  23/09/2008 to 26/09/2008 Besançon, France

Alley 3, Stand 301 - Missler Software

Proceed From  23/09/2008 to 25/09/2008 Luxemburg

Missler Software

Salon ERP From  30/09/2008 to 02/10/2008 Paris, France

Stand E34 - Missler Software

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