manifold designer

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

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.