Joint arrangement in the assembly model

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The command performs the arrangement of joints or other standard components in the assembly model. It is performed based on the iMate arrangement constraints pre-written in the component. The component is arranged based on the relevant geometry in the assembly model consistently specified for each assembly constraint. This command has a several default modes:


Single – where one geometric element is specified for one constraint in the model. An example can be a plane on which an axis is arranged: in this case, a component arranged to implement a constraint immediately changes its spatial position.


Multiple – where several geometric elements are specified for one constraint in the model. In this way, for the arranged component you may specify that its axis should be arranged based on several spatial planes. Then the command allows specifying a required geometry in the model for each assembly constraint, and inserting a new unit of the component being arranged in each available constraint realization position.



To open the command, go to:


Woodwork Design –> Joint –> Attach hardware_attachment32




Attach Joint



Select single entity

On-screen selection of a joint component inserted in the assembly.


Hardware component selection from the specified catalogue on the disk. If an iComponent is selected, the component configuration window is opened and the user can select the required configuration of the inserted component.


Hardware Attachment configure iPart



The use of the component last used in the command for performing the next arrangement. One of the five last inserted components can be selected from the dropdown list.



Enabling the single arrangement mode.



Enabling the multiple arrangement mode.



A space where the iMate assembly constraints of the selected component are represented. Unchecked the box means cancellation of the selected assembly constraints and re-enabling selection of the specified constraint.



Part Number of the component selected for insertion.



Collapsing additional window displaying images that illustrate component insertion. The window presents images that illustrate component insertion. Insertion of each iMate arrangement constraint can be illustrated or one illustration can be given for the entire component. For the command to read and display the illustrating image, the following rules have to be followed:


1.Images have to be stored in the same directory, in which the component is stored. When working with an iComponent, the image will be stored in the same location as its Factory. For example, the component factory is named Confirmat.ipt.
2.The name of the image has to be the same as that of the component. For example, Confirmat.png
3.If you wish to illustrate each individual arrangement constraint separately, you have to create an image with the component name at the end of which serial number of iMate arrangement constraint is added as specified in the list of iMate arrangement constraints of the component. Serial number is separated from the name by #.


Below is an example of showing commands in illustrations:

Nesled Board Plane has to find image Condirmat#1.png
Pillar Board Side Plane - Confirmat#2.png
Axis Plane - Confirmat#3.png
Where such image cannot be found for each iMate arrangement constraint, an image without the serial number will be used. If there are no images, the user will be informed that no images have been found.


The command is executed by clicking the "Attach" button.