TopSolid 7.12 / January 2018
TopSolid is a fully integrated CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design & Computer Aided Manufacturing) software which is developed by the French company Missler Software. Being a completely integrated CAD/CAM software allows users to design and manufacture their parts (by programming numerically controlled machines) using the same software. The TopSolid range of software includes a whole family of industry solutions: from the more general, mechanical oriented (TopSolid’Design) to job specific solutions: sheet metal (TopSolid’SheetMetal), wood (TopSolid’Wood), toolmaking: TopSolid’Mold for mold makers and TopSolid’Progress for press tool designers.
Numerical control (NC) is the automated control of machining tools by means of a computer. An NC machine alters a blank piece of material to meet precise specifications by following programmed instructions and without a manual operator.
TopSolid also incorporates an integrated Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) line of products: mechanical machining (TopSolid’Cam), sheet metal (TopSolid’Sheetmetal), wood (TopSolid’WoodCam), wire electroerosion (TopSolid’Wire). TopSolid also incorporates a 2D draft module (TopSolid’Draft) and a structural computation module (TopSolid’Fea).
Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) is the use of software to control machine tools and related ones in the manufacturing of workpieces. This is not the only definition for CAM, but it is the most common; CAM may also refer to the use of a computer to assist in all operations of a manufacturing plant, including planning, management, transportation and storage. Its primary purpose is to create a faster production process and components and tooling with more precise dimensions and material consistency, which in some cases, uses only the required amount of raw material, while simultaneously reducing energy consumption. CAM is now a system used in schools and lower educational purposes. CAM is a subsequent computer-aided process after computer-aided design (CAD) and sometimes computer-aided engineering (CAE), as the model generated in CAD and verified in CAE can be input into CAM software, which then controls the machine tool. CAM is used in many schools alongside Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to create objects.
TopSolid is a CAD/CAM solution based on the geometric modeler ParaSolid. It is claimed to be capable of reading and creating files in all available formats as well as in such formats as Catia and ParaSolid.
TopSolid'Cam, one of the main products of the TopSolid portfolio, manages multi axis machining such as 5 axis machining, mill turn operations, twin Spindle and twin turret technology.
TopSolid 7, the next generation of CAD/CAM software from Missler Software, is claimed to offer huge innovations on the CAD/CAM market by simplifying the design and modification of large assemblies in an organized and structured environment. The end user allegedly benefits from productivity gains estimated at being 30% superior to traditional solutions.[ citation needed ]
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