MDTools 760 for Autodesk Inventor is getting close with a new interesting feature: Compare Manifolds.
From a designer perspective, when you do a revision table of a manifold you take note of all the features changed and you can hardly do it automatically. From a manufacturer prespective, if you already machined a manifold and need to do a new one that is only slightly different, it is much more convenient if you could know only what has changed from part 1 to part 2.

MDToolls 760, Compare Manifolds

MDToolls 760, Compare Manifolds

With ‘compare manifold’ feature MDTools can read 2 MDTools manifolds and check for:

  • manifold material
  • manifold size
  • mounting holes face
  • extra or missing cavities between manifold A and B
  • changed faces between same cavities (i.e. your customer asked to move a components away from a face)
  • changed positions (i.e. a cavity has been only moved)
  • changed cavities (i.e. you replaced a VC10-2 cavity with a VC12-2)
  • changed drill depth, inclination, diameter
  • missing engravings
  • moved engraving

To identify cavities MDTools can use Component IDs (to look from the designers’ point of view) or Machining IDs (for the Manufacturers’ perspective)

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MDTools 760 - Compare Manifolds

MDTools 760 - Compare Manifolds