manifold design software

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.

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 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….

want to evaluate MDTools?

 

HyDraw CAD, MDTools 750 and Inventor .dwg

Hi, I am a HyDraw CAD and MDTools 750 user, I have felt the need to handle all information regarding a manifold block design within a single .dwg file. I want to have one .dwg file with:

  • HyDraw CAD circuit
  • Assembly layout drawing
  • Manifold block machining drawing

A single DWG file has some advantages:

  • Stores and manages a low number of files
  • Can be easily accessible from either HyDraw CAD, Autocad and Inventor
  • Allows any free dwg viewer and compatible .dwg software to open it
  • Helps to easily import into any major 3D CAD platform

Here’s a video showing the process. Feel free to comment or contact me.

MDTools Essential Workflow

Hi,

this article comes from a simple question I asked myself:
Inside Solidworks, how can I speedily design hydraulic manifolds?

Later I wondered how I could:

  • Draw a circuit with HyDraw CAD600,
  • Export information to MDTools Essential for Solidworks
  • Quickly design hydraulic manifolds inside Solidworks
  • Create a 3D assembly
  • Create a machining drawing

That’s a real workflow, isn’t it? Something that you too could implement in your company?

So le’ts begin the show!

1. Schematics, this first video is showing how to create a circuit by selecting components inside HyDraw CAD600.
I am using Hydraforce cartridge valves because I am more familiar with them. However if you work with Rexroth, Parker, Eaton, Hydac, Sun Hydraulics or other major Fluidpower OEMs you don’t need to worry: the FluidPowerTools.com service will let you select between different manufacturers..You could use it to compare different products and find out which ones fit your needs better.

2. One year ago I could never think that designing a hydraulic manifold could also be funny, easy and relaxing…. Since I am using MDTools, each time I have played with it, I have experienced a series of WOW momentrs.
I know the following video is a bit long, I decided to leave all the passages that lead me to the final manifold design. You are free to fast forward the video to points of your interest: please do notice that, except for engravings, I always use MDTools Essential commands inside Solidworks. The amazing part of the story is that you can design a hydraulic manifold with Solidworks….. without knowing anything of Solidworks!

3. Assembly creation. Anytime you create an assembly you lose time due to constraints creation, MDTools Essential lets you define constraints for all the valves once and for all. During the 3d assembly creation, plug insertion is fully automatic while a user friendly interface lets you manually assign a valve to it’s cavity. This process can help you save time. A lot of time!

4. Machining drawing.This job comes easy, MDTools Essential reads the 3d model and lets you display machining callouts in the drawing. You have only to move them to where you want, then add dimensions and there you go! The manifold is ready for production. You could also export a drilling chart for any further needs.

Feel free to request an evaluation version, write comments or contact me.

MDTools 945 for Solidworks, released!

MDTools 945 gives more Power-to-Design. Energy efficient connections are now possible by auto optimization of drill depth and diameter. Achieve smooth bends and minimize pressure drop to cut energy losses within the manifold block.

Enhanced HyDraw to MDTools Integration to pull in flow and port type information automatically. Enhanced MDTools user interface with improved icons and an integrated browser.

New interactive functionality includes Stretch Block, Stretch and Incline Drill, and Move Cavity or Footprint by dragging. Consolidated Wall Thickness Check, and Connection Offset Check. >> more…

MDTools, Solidworks and …. color

machining drawing are always black and white, during a recent visit to Parker Italy I had the chance to look at a huge hydraulic manifold drawing……with colors

this is possible with MDTools and Solidworks, without manually “painting” all the cavities

MDTools, Solidworks and color

MDTools, Solidworks and color

MDTools, Solidworks and color

MDTools, Solidworks and color

MDTools 750 released

MDTools 750 released, power to design:

  • Energy Efficient Design
  • Check for Velocity Hot Spots in Blocks
  • Energy Efficient Smooth Bends
  • Energy Efficient Connections
  • Energy Efficient Construction Port
  • User Interface Improved
  • Re-organized Ribbon Menu
  • Ribbon Menu Optimized for Large Sized Icons
  • Context Flyout
  • Cavity Library Integrated within the Browser
  • Cavity and Connectivity Browser Enhanced
  • New Interactive Functionality
  • Stretch Block
  • Stretch and Incline Drill
  • Move Cavity or Footprint – Dragging
  • New Checking Functionality
  • Wall thickness Check – Consolidated
  • Check Connection for Offset
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mounting Holes with Preview
  • Set Manufacturing Precision
  • HyDraw to MDTools Integration
  • Port Info Captured through Schematic Interface
  • Auto Assemble

more info…

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