TopSolid' Newsletter Issue #25

TopSolid'Newsletter #25
TopSolid
Issue #25, November

Integrated CAD/CAM At Its Best

S U M M A R Y

Last chance to enter the TopSolid Design Contest

Technology integration between MoldFlow TopSolid'Mold

5 reasons to work with an integrated CAD/CAM software

What's new?

Customer of the month: Moldes RP

TopSolid Tip of the month: TopSolid'Cam

Upcoming Events

Last chance to enter the TopSolid Design Contest

You have 2 weeks left to enter the TopSolid Design Contest.

Wouldn't it be nice to win one of the below prizes just before Christmas:

  • A state-of-the-art laptop computer
  • A smartphone
  • An integrated PDA/GPA
  • An all expenses paid weekend away for 2
  • An Ipod

For further details and contest rules see www.topsolid.com/news/designcontest

Don't forget that all participating projects must be submitted by 15 December 2007


You too could be a TopSolid Design Contest Winner!

Technology integration between Moldflow and TopSolid'Mold

Moldflow Corporation (NASDAQ: MFLO) and Missler Software today announced the signing of an agreement that allows Missler Software to resell a version of Moldflow Plastics Adviser's (MPA®) software that has been integrated with the TopSolid range of CAD/CAM software. The integration combines Moldflow's easy-to-use plastics simulation software with TopSolid'Mold 2008, which is ideal for designing plastic parts and injection molds. Using simulation technology in the early stages of part and mold design allows manufacturers to quickly evaluate the manufacturability of their designs so they can achieve the highest quality at the lowest cost in the shortest time to market.

quot;The integrated products introduce the benefits of plastics simulation directly to the desktops of the worldwide Missler Software user base,quot; said Roland Thomas, President and CEO of Moldflow Corporation, quot;Adding the power of Moldflow technology to TopSolid offers users a plastics design optimization tool that can be used as a first step in determining the manufacturability, quality and cost of their injection molded plastic part and mold designs. We've seen that once companies experience the benefits of analysis in the early stages of new product development, they make it an indispensable step in their product creation strategy across their enterprise. Considering that TopSolid'Mold is one of the most highly regarded mold design products on the market today, we are happy to have worked closely with Missler Software on this project.quot;

quot;Missler Software is pleased to partner with an industry leader such as Moldflow Corporation,quot; said Christian Arber, CEO of Missler Software. quot;In order to achieve efficiencies and accelerate product delivery in today's competitive global market, manufacturers are being driven to employ simulation across their enterprises to optimize their designs. It is simulation products from Moldflow like the Part Adviser#8482; and Mold Adviser#8482; that quickly provide companies with the information necessary early enough in product development cycles to have a positive impact on their bottom line.quot;



In TopSolid'Mold 2008 there will be a direct link to Moldflow Plastics Advisers

5 reasons to work with an integrated CAD/CAM software

Following on from last month's article on integrated CAD/CAM let's take a further look at some of the advantages of working with a fully integrated CAD/CAM package.

  • Many stand-alone CAM products on the market are simply not capable of mainstream design and modeling. At best they produce acceptable 2D drawings and simple model geometry for machining purposes. A full featured mainstream 3D modeler can work in both solids and surfaces, work with single parts and assemblies and automatically produce associated 2D drawings and many offer advanced capabilities such as mechanical simulation, analysis etc. The real benefit of having these capabilities alongside your CAM system is that it gives you the user, complete control over the whole process. You can work from paper drawings or from 3D models but of course we all know that manufacturing is all about quot;changesquot; and with a completely integrated solution you can adapt to changes easily and of course the toolpaths will automatically adapt themselves.

  • Another major benefit highlighted by some of our customers is the ability to design work holding fixtures quot;on the flyquot;. Once they have specified what the raw material will look like they then use the CAD system to model any special jigs etc. that are required. TopSolid comes complete with a fully configured library of 3D parts including cap screws, nuts, bolts etc. and as the user does not have to switch from CAD to CAM he is free to design any time he needs to. In 5-axis work it is essential to have every aspect of the machine tool and work holding environment accurately modeled if you are to avoid collisions and of course in a true 3D modeler this is a relatively simple process and once again as the user is in a single integrated environment these items are visible at all times and the system can warn the user of any impending problems.

In many cases companies have gone ahead and bought separate CAD and CAM programs simply because they didn't know that products like the TopSolid range were available, and in a number of cases they have avoided the evaluation process by simply going the same route as a colleague or supplier. Another major misconception is that integrated software is enormously expensive and out of their price range, this is simply not the case. The TopSolid integrated package, for example, is priced on a par with almost all the stand-alone CAD and CAM products currently on the market and therefore provides exceptional value for money.

(by Steve Thomas, Cim Solutions, TopSolid VAR in Australia)

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The TopSolid galaxy represents the complete integration between CAD and CAM in addition to the vertical integration of the TopSolid modules

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TopSolid offers the possibility to design products, their molds and to machine these

What's new?

TopSolid User Conference in Japan

Kodama Corporation, TopSolid Platinum VAR in Japan, has recently hosted its annual TopSolid user conference in Yokohama. With over 300 participants, the conference was opened by Christian Arber, CEO of Missler Software and Hiroyuki Kodama, President of Kodama Corporation.

Kodama Corporation has been a TopSolid VAR since 1996 and today has more than 2000 TopSolid customers in Japan. Kodama serves customers in the following major industrial sectors: Automobile, Electronics, General Machinery, Precision machining, Metal and steel, Prototyping, Mold Die, Progressive Die and general manufacturing. With such well known customer references as Panasonic, Nikon, Sony, Toshiba Corporation, etc. TopSolid is well implanted within all the leading Japanese industrial sectors.

Customers Ricoh, Suzuka Fuji Xerox and Mitsubishi Agricultural Machinery were amongst the TopSolid customers to present the benefits brought about by using TopSolid in their respective companies.


Kodama Corporation has more than 2000 TopSolid customers in Japan

TopSolid'Mold: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

A new TopSolid'Mold step-by-step tutorial is now available to purchase on www.eni-publishing.com . This new book written by Bill Genc (owner and CEO of Clear Cut Solutions Inc., a TopSolid VAR in the USA), is a detailed guide to learning TopSolid'Mold. This tutorial walks the user through the design of a complete mold and is intended to be used as a first step and reference guide in learning TopSolid'Mold. This tutorial includes instruction for all of the major steps in designing a mold including creating parting lines and surfaces, cavity and core blocks, inserts, water lines, components, bill of materials, assembly drawings, draft documents and more.

This new book is part of a TopSolid collection of books and tutorials which are now available for purchase on the web. 3 books have already been released this year in French and before the end of the new a new book on TopSolid'Wood in English entitled "Solid Modelling with TopSolid'Design and TopSolid'Wood" will be available to purchase online.

Click here for more information.

Customer of the month: Moldes RP

Moldes RP is specialized in high precision mold making for the plastic industry, namely in the automotive, houseware, electrical and electronics markets. In 2006 the company started designing all of its molds with TopSolid'Mold in order to increase efficiency and productivity. The Portuguese company is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and highly skilled workers, thereby allowing it to supply high quality technical molds in competitive lead times.

According to Helder Cordeiro, mold designer at Moldes RP “Mold design now takes about 15-30% less time than before using TopSolid. In addition, in the past one person designed the mold in 2D and a second person created the 3D design. Thanks to TopSolid the need for a second person has been pretty much eliminated (even if the second person is sometimes required we still reduce design times by 15-30%).

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TopSolid Tip of the month: TopSolid'Cam

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 TopSolid'Cam.

Click below to start the demonstration:


Video commentary

TopSolid'Cam contains a function called “swept operation”. This function enables the operator to carry out a machining process which consists of sliding a curve (either completely or partially) on another curve. The operator can set the height of the crest in the same way as in isoparametric machining. The big advantage of the “swept operation” function is in the ISO blocks generated: TopSolid'Cam generates circular interpolations (G2, G3) every time the guiding curve makes an arc of circle. This produces a 2D machining file which is very light.

Note that the zigzag mode should be used in order to stay in climbing mode when the guiding curve is closed.

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