i-Design version 3 is a free hydraulic system design software that helps you create custom integrated manifolds. The product incorporates the schematic layout and pricing tool from previous versions with the addition of a 3D layout tool.
i-Design helps you to select specific technical parameters as default valves that will carry throughout all component selections. After designing the circuit, you can move to the Manifold Specification page where you specify where to locate valves, ports, and mounting holes, and define the maximum envelope dimensions.
Using the tool, you can specify the location of ports, valves mounting holes and other components in a real-time 3D editor. All components are drawn to scale. The manifold length and extrusion can be manipulated by grabbing the grip points surrounding the various surfaces. A full 3D rendering of the assembly is also available. You can document your needs to fit the assembly in a machine design. The interface helps you drag and drop the components onto any surface. From there, components can be moved to any surface by clicking and dragging it to the desired location. A color change alert will appear if components are too close to one another or too close to the edge.
Other highlights include an ISO metric view of the manifold, estimated manifold, estimated weight of the manifold, and extrusion size. At any time during the circuit layout or placement of the product onto the manifold surface, you can request the price of the manifold by using the Get Total Price function. The product’s library contains the complete HydraForce product catalog. A valve selection guide lets you view the flow and pressure of the other size valves in the same family and other parts of the circuit such as pumps, cylinders, and filters. You can track design changes with HydraForce Sales and Engineering function. The software can help you work on several projects at one time and you can cut and paste from existing projects.