HyDraw CAD2018 overview

HyDraw CAD2018 is ready for release with many new functionalities like:

  • new search for symbols by component type
  • enhanced search for components with advanced data filters
  • schematic check
  • jumping references
  • fully redesigned sub-system management
  • sub-system as super component with child items

and much more, please find below an overview video of main functionalities

Step Converter

With Step Converter it is possible to convert a solid manifold block model into an intelligent mbxml file to be used with VEST MDTools.
After convert process, the block can be rebuilt, modified, checked, assembled like if designed with MDTools.
Please find below a short introduction video, feel free to contact me for more informations.

HyDraw CAD 900 – preview

Few days before HyDraw CAD900 release, a preview video of main new features:

New Convert commands enhance HyDraw CAD users with the ability to quickly transform a dummy dwg circuit into a smart schematic.
Modify your legacy drawings has never been so easy, with the ability to link model data, interface with your ERP system, check for connection errors, extract bill of material, export informations to design a manifold with MDTools.

If you want to watch a demo, feel free to contact me

MDTools 760 demo for Autodesk Inventor

MDTools give you all the commands to design, check and assemble hydraulic manifolds, either you start from a circuit on paper or made with HyDraw.


Below is a list of MDTools main features:

  • extensive and customisable cavity library
  • rich 3d command set to quickly create,change and twist your manifold design
  • ability to display connections in the manifold thanks to an easy and intuitive net color set
  • ability to find errors in the design like
    • wrong connections (like a pressure net hitting a tank net)
    • missing connections (you forget to connect one port of a cavity)
    • bad quality connections (a drill shorter than expected)
    • dead area intersections (a drill hole hitting an are where you would expect an oring)
  • ability to check wall thickness problems (2 cavities too close each other)
  • manufacturability check
  • commands to manage stamping text
  • automatic assembly from HyDraw
  • tools to easily and quickly assemble components
  • simplified 3d assembly in step model directly from MDTools (removing all construction ports and all internal connections)
  • automatic machining drawing with full set of customizable lists (bore chart, cavities, engravings…)

Here’s a video showing a small manifold design workflow from a circuit on paper, and consequent modification through a schematic made with HyDrawCAD.


MDTools 760 at work

MDTools 760, compare manifolds

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)

Feel free to contact me for more informations, or visit www.vestusa.com

MDTools 760 - Compare Manifolds

MDTools 760 - Compare Manifolds

MDTools 755, released

MDTools 755 for Autodesk Inventor has been released, compatible with Autodesk Inventor 2015, 2014 and 2013.

VEST professional hydraulic manifolds design software is growing, year by year, to provide extensive features and powerful solutions to address a complex engineering problem.

designed with MDTools 755

a 500 drill holes manifold designed in less than 3 days with MDTools 755 for Autodesk Inventor

what’s new page here

  • Enhanced shrink wrap command, working in assembly environment and automatically creating a simplified solid model without construction ports.
  • Update assembly commands, to quickly update assembly constraints even if you change face to a cavity
  • Conformance to schematic check: ability to check circuit, cavities, type of connections, flow rate
  • Keep existing machining IDs, helpful if you handle revisions
  • New assembly interface
  • much more….

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