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Scheme Editor 6.2

The new version 6.2 of Bosch Rexroth Scheme Editor has been released! And now it contains the Hydraulic library, like they promised couple months ago (see my article)!

Download the software you can by this link: http://www.boschrexroth.com/dnc-scheme-editor (78 Mb.)

Free registration is required for downloading. After launching of installing wizard the automatic updating of the previous version will be made. So you do not need to uninstall previous one. And, don’t forget to restart your computer!

After computer restarting it is necessary to import new libraries. So, finally you get 3 libraries:

Scheme Editor 6.2 Libraries

Scheme Editor 6.2 Libraries

Pneumatics library has been updated to ver. 1.2 and new Hydraulics and Electrical libraries have been added to the Symbol Library list.

I quickly checked new hydraulics symbols and found the library a little bit poor.

Hydraulic symbols example

Hydraulics symbols example

For example, I did not find symbols for hydraulic valves pneumatically operated for one of my applications. But a generic schematic can be done with the existing hydraulic library and for other, more complicated systems, you can use wonderful “Symbol Modeling Tool”.

Resume: Bosch Rexroth is moving forward in the right direction and hopefully this software will continue to develop and libraries will be updated with a new symbols, at least with components what BR has in their assortment.


FREE Fluid Power schematic design software

Article Updates:

Aug 31, 2019. Since Comotrol is part of Danfoss, Comatrol Easyvalve is not available anymore, so info about this software was removed.
Sep 25, 2019. URLs were updated in this post.
Dec 29, 2019. Info about QCAD was replaced with LibreCAD.
Oct 14, 2020. Info about nanoCAD has been added.
Oct 24, 2021. Info about Dassault Systemes DraftSight has been removed since there no free versions of DraftSight anymore.

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For my work I use AutoCAD LT or ePlan Fluid to draw hydraulic, pneumatic, lube and P&ID schematics. Companies where I worked and where I have the work now, provide this software because the price of them is unbelievably high for the regular individual.

One day, after reading of this article I decided to try to find something absolutely FREE for Fluid Power schematic design.

All software what I found, I divided into three categories:

  1. FREE Generic 2D CAD software
  2. FREE specialized Fluid Power design software for PC
  3. FREE specialized online Fluid Power design software

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New QuickDesign with SmartConnect from SUN

New QuickDesign with SmartConnect from SUN

New QuickDesign with SmartConnect from SUN

SUN announced about new SmartConnect schematic tool for manifold design.

The direct link where you can read more about this online application is here . In addition SUN offers the free webinars how to use it.

This is a very interesting feature which really simplifies the preparing work of manifold design. The online application is free and required a free registration only. Before this time it was a pretty complicate algorithm to indicate connections between cartridges’ ports. Now you just draw a hydraulic schematic (easy drag and drop SUN components) and with next step you get ready to use manifold design drawing set.

I used SUN manifold design before and tried to use it now with SmartConnect – I see the difference, and it is really improving and great feature.

I think the next step from SUN to be components’ placement optimization. I really like the idea of free online manifold design, but on the other hand, I found the complicated design from SUN has not optimal components placement and always manual correction required. And the problem with it – it hard to do in CREO because at the end we get STEP file which impossible (or very hard and uncomfortable) to modify. But anyways, this online application can give you some idea how to place components in the space and this is a good basis for your own manifold design. This is why I at least recommend to pay attention to QuickDesign with SmartConnect tool.