3D design tool for configuration and ordering of pneumatic systems

24 February 2015

The new Festo Design Tool 3D configuration software is said to reduce the risk of errors when designing and ordering pneumatic actuator assemblies.

Specifying system modules as a complete package, with a unique product key, simplifies design, logistics and assembly operations. The Festo Design Tool 3D allows users to select the required pneumatic drive and then automatically places any chosen accessories on the cylinder in accordance with requirements. The tool can be simply installed with a few easy-to-follow steps by visiting: www.festo.com/FDT-3D

The new CAD configuration tool can be accessed through the Festo online shop suite or downloaded for offline use. Featuring a simple graphic overview, the tool enables automatic and error-free selection and placement of accessories such as mountings, clevises, sensors and fittings and eliminates the need for individual file downloads. 

“There was always a risk when selecting, configuring, modelling and ordering all the individual parts surrounding pneumatic drives,” said Steve Sands, product manager at Festo. “Many individual system components have to be placed manually by CAD designers, compiling long bill of material lists to be ordered with plenty of potential for error. Using the Festo Design Tool 3D, these inadvertent errors can be avoided and the days of ordering each individual component are over. Producing complete assembly models in a wide variety of native CAD formats significantly reduces the number of CAD model downloads and the time to produce a complete drawing of the assembly.”

When the order is complete, the FDT 3D generates a product key for each complete solution as opposed to one for each component. Designers are then given a choice of how they would like to receive all the parts –either pre-assembled or as a ‘PrePack’ of individual components ready to assemble in-house. 

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