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TopSolid development

TopSolid development

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People

  • Bernard Cache (archive creator)
  • Objectile (Firm) (architectural firm)
  • Bernard Cache (architect)
  • Patrick Beaucé (artist)
  • Jean-Louis Jammot (software developer)

Title

TopSolid development

Dates of creation

1992-2011

Level of archival description

Series

Extent and Medium

  • 19,696 digital files (12 GB)

Scope and Content

Series 2, TopSolid development, 1992 - 2011, documents Bernard Cache’s contribution to the development of the software TopSolid. This series includes born-digital material and chiefly dates from 1999 - 2008.

Created in 1987 by Missler software, TopSolid was one of the first computer-aided design (CAD) software usable on portable computers. Bernard Cache was an early adopter of TopSolid and was later asked to contribute to the development of further versions of the software. It then became one of the first pieces of software to support both CAD and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), which resulted from a radical proposition to link parametric design software seamlessly to robotic manufacturing. Bernard Cache’s contribution to this project underscores his interest for mathematics, geometry, and engineering reflected in his other areas of architectural and design work.

Materials in this series portray Cache’s role in the development of the software. This includes programming records for the codes and configuration of the software which are primarily in plain text formats, still images and CAD formats (TopSolid). It also includes programming records for TopWood,an alternate software derived from TopSolid and developed to target the specificities of the wood industry. There are also a significant number of textual records, which constitutes training documents, bug reports, and correspondence (in Word and Excel formats).

Reference Number

AP169.S2

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    • Reference Number: AP169.S2.001
    • Title: Applications files for TopSolid versions 4 and 5
    • Dates of creation: 1992-2008
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Bernard Cache (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 7260 digital files (162 MB)

    Physical Description:

    Original directory name: "AP169.S2.001_Previous_versions". Most common file formats: Plain Text File, Unidentified, Windows Portable Executable, Windows New Executable, Text Configuration file

    Credit line:

    When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation:
    Bernard Cache, Objectile records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.

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    • Reference Number: AP169.S2.002
    • Title: Application files and images of technical drawings related to various functions of TopSolid Version 6
    • Dates of creation: 1995-2011
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Bernard Cache (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 9864 digital files (540 MB)

    Physical Description:

    Original directory name: "AP169.S2.002_Version 6". Most common file formats: Plain Text File, Unidentified, Windows Bitmap, Windows Portable Executable, Tagged Image File Format

    Credit line:

    When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation:
    Bernard Cache, Objectile records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.

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    • Reference Number: AP169.S2.003
    • Title: Application files, training documentation, bug reports, development plans, and images of technical drawings related to various functions of TopSolid Version 7
    • Dates of creation: 2002-2011
    • Form: graphic materials, born digital, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Bernard Cache (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2130 digital files (11 GB)

    Physical Description:

    Original directory name: "AP169.S2.003_Version 7". Most common file formats: Portable Network Graphics, Microsoft Word Document, Thumbs DB file, Unidentified, Tagged Image File Format

    Credit line:

    When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation:
    Bernard Cache, Objectile records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.

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    • Reference Number: AP169.S2.004
    • Title: Application files and images of technical drawings related to various functions of Topwood
    • Dates of creation: 2000-2007
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Bernard Cache (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 59 digital files (66 MB)

    Physical Description:

    Original directory name: "AP169.S2.004_Topwood". Most common file formats: Plain Text File, Unidentified, Windows Portable Executable, Portable Network Graphics, Back Up File.

    Credit line:

    When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation:
    Bernard Cache, Objectile records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.

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    • Reference Number: AP169.S2.005
    • Title: Various scripts and application files for unidentified version of TopSolid
    • Dates of creation: 1995-2008
    • Form: born digital, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Bernard Cache (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 383 digital files (139 MB)

    Physical Description:

    Original directory name: "AP169.S2.005_Various". Most common file formats: Unidentified, Plain Text File, Portable Network Graphics, Windows Bitmap, Windows Portable Executable

    Credit line:

    When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation:
    Bernard Cache, Objectile records,
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
    When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.

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