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MDTools Essential

VEST, Inc.

MDTools® Essential manifold design software provides power tools to assist in the manifold design, checking, documentation, and modeling process within the Autodesk® Inventor® environment.  It provides fluid power manifold designers with a powerful visual workspace that embeds manifold design methodology and authenticated data.

MDTools Essential deploys logical, hydraulic, geometric, and machining knowledge in the design process. The software includes a tooling knowledge database, materials database, and extensive manufacturer specific cavity libraries for both cartridge and interface valves.

Design manifolds easily, fast and error-free. MDTools Essential helps check the manifold for wall-thickness. It enables creation of a professional manufacturing drawing including cavity machining IDs, and bore charts.


  • Speed: Achieve more, reduce costs and improve time-to-market
  • Precision: Get your design correct, first time around
  • Ease: Focus on actual design using automated work flow functions and embedded manifold design methodology, rules and checks

Target Industry Segments:  Fluid Power Industry, Occasional manifold designers, hydraulic distributors, and machine builders.

Compatible with Autodesk products:  Autodesk® Inventor® 2016, Autodesk® Inventor® 2015, Autodesk® Inventor® 2014, Autodesk® Inventor® 2013 

Integration: MDTools Essential runs on top of Autodesk Inventor and is fully integrated with its own section in the menu structure.

Languages: English, German, Italian

Countries: Customers in 39 countries worldwide

Additional Information:

Company Information: 
VEST is a pioneer in the field of Fluid Power Engineering Software Technology with customers located in over 39 countries worldwide. VEST MDTools manifold design software and HyDraw circuit design software enables global OEMs, Fluid Power distributors, and manifold manufacturers reach higher levels of performance and capability.

Contact Information:
VEST, Inc.
3250 W. Big Beaver Road
Suite 440
Troy, MI 48084
United States
Phone: +1 (248) 649-9550
Fax: +1 (248) 649-9560
Contact: Yudi Raina