Note: This option is available starting with version 2012
Joint grouping is a new option that will you save time in configuring joints. When the master joint is changed, the slave joints, which are subordinates of the master joint, are changed automatically.
In a model, you can apply several times the same joint with identical parameters.
First create the master joint. The connection between the master joint and the slave joints is made through the name that the master joint receives, on the first page of the properties window.
The name for the master joint must be unique. The slave joints receive the same name automatically.
After the master joint is created, start the creation of the slave joints, which are dependent on the master joint. The slave joints are created with the "Create by template, as Slave" command on the Ribbon.
After the creation of the slave joints, the master joint can be configured. The configurations made in the master joint are also applied automatically to the slave joints.
The master and slave joints can be searched and marked with the filter.
In the filter there is a search option that helps you find only the master joint, only the slave joints or both. This filter marks only the joint box.
Note: Grouping joints is possible only when the geometry and the position of the selected elements is the same with the master joint. When this condition is not fulfilled, you are informed, through a dialog window, that the slave joint is not the same with the master joint, and you are asked if you want to separate the slave from the master.
If you choose to separate the joints, the slave is created, but the joint is independent.
If you choose not to separate the joints, the slave is created, but it is marked because the joint is different from master joint.