Don't worry about how to create the assembly. You just have to place footprints and cavities on top of your hydraulic block and Manifold Designer will do everything for you.
You can download all kind of parts you want from Internet and then link them to our database. You have to do it only once in your life because Manifold Designer remembers how to handle a particular object also if you remove it and then you download it again.
The assembly is created automatically by using constraints or by placing all the components in the space.
When you create a new cavity or a new layout, Manifold Designer shows you all the compatible components. You just have to select the appropriate object with one click and the job is done: from now on you can ask for a Preview-Assembly or you can ask to see the real assembly without further efforts.
Yes, we are talking about Preview-Assembly! What is it? In a few words we can say that it is an assembly we create inside the part environment to give you the chance to see all the components mounted on the block since the begining of the design process also without the need to create a real assembly.
If you need to check for collision between elements mounted on top of the block, we can do it for you! The collision detection is not the standard one because we know that we have to take in consideration what is an hydraulic block and what are the objects mounted on top of it.
The collision detection can be done between components or between packs of components.
A clear report (visual and textual report) is automatically created to give you the idea of what is the real situation between the components you placed.
As you already know, we want to create only standard Autocad ® Inventor ® elements. This concept is applied also for the Assembler package.
Even if the assembly is automatically created, you can use all the commands Autocad® Inventor® offers you. Bill of material definition, Balloons and all of the elements you need to handle a standard Inventor® Assmbly are there waiting for you.
Nowadays you need to open your mind to the world and the world is made up by a huge number of suppliers each of whom has its own standards. So, how to use the components of any supplier?
It's easy! It's enough to use MD and its simple routines to catch entire libraries of components.
During the design process, Manifold Designer will guide you when you have to use components.
Both layouts and cavities placement rountine have a dedicated pannel to choose components to be mounted on top of them. In these situations, MD will show you only those components compatible with the MD object you are placing.
A bunch of functions are at your disposal to perfectly define the structure of the bill of materials. Even if you have done everything using our automatic routines, you will see that Inventor will recognize all the components and all their associated infos.
A bill of material is built by Inventor using standard commands!
All the customization that you have done so far will not be lost.
With Preview-Assembly you can manage components from inside the part environment. This is something "unusual" for a 3D cad but it is "normal" for us!.
By clicking a button you can switch on or off all the components of the block, of a face or of a MD object (cavity or layout).
The components can be shown as real objects (composed by real surfaces) or as a preview (composed by graphical surfaces).
If you need to measure the distance between two mounted components or you want to see if there is enough space between two valves, you can ask MD to show you the components you have selected during the placement of MD Objects.
This preview objects can be shown as real objects or better as objects composed by surfaces. In this case you can get measures or do whatever you think could be useful.
If you need to quickly see what could be the maximum volume occupied by the block plus all the components, you just have to click on "Show all components" and wait a few milliseconds.
Phantom objects are displayed to give you a precise idea about what you are designing without the need to open an assembly and to place all the components.... remember, only one click!