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CAD for Hydraulic circuits

02/20/2008 12:03 AM

Does anybody know of a CAD program that draws hydraulic circuits similar to TinyCad that draws electrical circuits?

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Re: CAD for Hydraulic circuits

02/20/2008 2:48 AM

I use my Prined Circuit layout CAD for drawing all sorts of things (plumbing diagrams, mechanical drawings), you can draw your own symbols and save them... so you could use it for hydaulics.

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02/21/2008 9:19 AM

Hu Guest,

The suppliers link looked good, but seems to be for electrical circuits only.

Did I miss something?

Thanks anyway.

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02/20/2008 11:59 PM

I would think TinyCad would work well for hydraulic/pneumatic diagrams. You would of course have to create your own libraries. Then it's just "connect the dots".

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Re: CAD for Hydraulic circuits

02/21/2008 3:05 AM

The best one I have come across is from Hydraforce™ and is free!

The design program that draws (and tests) your hydraulic circuits is called i-Design (v1.0.0 dbv1.01).

Go to website and request a CD (www.hydraforce.com). They will even adit a design and recommend components (from their range) by forwarding a design to iDesignProjects@hydraforce.com

It will also print into a quotation or other document!

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02/21/2008 4:40 AM

program that draws (and tests) your hydraulic circuits ..

Yeh right.... does oil squirt over the desk if you get it wrong??? or forget to tighten a connection?

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02/21/2008 5:15 AM

Oh Pussy!

Actually, amusingly enough it really does do what I said. Only last week I ended up wearing 600 Lts of HV 46! The program did mention that the 5th (x) port did need to go to tank!

What the program does is 'simulate' running the circuit as designed! It then recommends (say) changing a valve from 1/2" BSP to a 3/4" equivalent!

I actually don't bother with it and stick to my 'bits' in the AutoCAD toolpalets! Ops, probably shouldn't have admitted that!

But then AutoCAD = $14k

Hydraforce idesign = $0.00

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02/21/2008 5:23 AM

Bugger, why does windows keep wiping out my password!

The 'guest' reply was from me. As if you couldn't guess!

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02/21/2008 7:13 AM

Thanks Beej50

This program is more than I asked for. I did request a copy, hope I will receive it.

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04/19/2011 10:47 PM

Hi Johan, you can download i-Design V 3.0 from this link: http://info.hydraforce.com/download-your-free-copy-of-i-design-v3-today/

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02/21/2008 8:55 AM

Hi Beej50,

Good post!

I ran the trial. The promps were easy to follow and the results excellent .

I have been draughting blueprints for 40 years and recently opted to take an HNC course using AutoCAD. As the program is college based and I do not have CAD software at work due to cost, I have no access to Hydraulic CAD symbols for use at work. So have to resort to "cut and paste" in its original form.

I have requested a copy from Hydraforce, but not sure if they will respond as I live in the UK.

Many thanks anyway!

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02/21/2008 2:59 PM

You will be ok in the UK to get a copy of the Hydraforce software. Hydraforce bought out Sterling Hydraulics and have a presents there as a result!

Good luck!

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Re: CAD for Hydraulic circuits

02/21/2008 9:02 AM

I use CADopia for all 2D drawing. I made a library of hydraulic components and simply insert them as needed.

CADopia is a clone of AutoCAD; it not only uses AutoCAD commands, it will read AutoCAD files back to ver 2.5 . It comes in three versions. Mine is the standard edition, basically 2D with 3D wireframes. It sells for $295. A free demo (time limited, but fully functional) is available. The pro version is $495 and uses 3D solids.

Roughly 90-95% of AutoCAD's functionality at a fraction of the price.

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Re: CAD for Hydraulic circuits

02/21/2008 12:06 PM

A very simple program directed at thermodynamic circuits rather than hydraulic circuits is CyclePad, ww.qrg.nwu.edu.

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02/23/2008 5:40 PM

AutomationStudio is very good not only for hidraulic but for pneumatic too.

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Re: CAD for Hydraulic circuits

05/11/2009 3:22 PM

why doesn't anyone use Automation Studio? www.automationstudio.com , I mean they are the developers of the i-Design for Hydraforce and Easy Valve for Sauer-Danfoss. Automation Studio is the full simulation environment.

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05/24/2009 7:02 PM

To answer your question:- Automation Studio doesn't get used because their advertising is so crap, no one has ever heard of it! Their fault, not ours!

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Re: CAD for Hydraulic circuits

05/11/2009 3:30 PM

contact me for Automation Studio

sfarra@famictech.com

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Re: CAD for Hydraulic circuits

04/13/2011 10:17 PM

Yes,

Check out i-Design Manifold Design Software from HydraForce. You can download a free copy of the software here: http://info.hydraforce.com/download-your-free-copy-of-i-design-v3-today/

Let me know if you need more information.

Thanks,

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