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Add BOM Data Like a Pro With Mech-Q

The MechQ modules library covers a large range of Mechanical, Piping, Structural an Plumbing routines  – each allow you to tabulate your data and create estimates.

To create a BOM, first load the appropriate module. MechQ allows you to create a bill of materials in just a few seconds and counts and itemized each object in your drawing!

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3D Ductwork Software Demo

3D Ductwork DemoIf you are looking for an easy way to create 3D Ducting in CAD, then we have just released a 3D Ductwork video which will walk you though many of our HVAC tools available in either Mech-Q or our standalone CAD Bundle, AViCAD.

Menus are intuitive and are simple to use un both 2D and 3D. Dialogs selections allow you to create unlimited duct fittings and accessories.

Draws Rectangular, Round and Flat oval ducting and more…

Our 2D and 3D Ducting Software Draws Rectangular, Round and Flat oval ducting. Easy to use dialog interface will allow you generate complex HVAC ducting layouts with surprising ease.

This HVAC design software also adds insulation as shown in the video below.

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Upgrading MechQ

updating & upgrading MechQ When you purchase a new Mech-Q software product, the purchase price includes FREE lifetime technical support as well as free Mech-Q upgrades for one year from date of purchase.

The one year free upgrade period includes upgrades from one Mech-Q AutoCAD or IntelliCAD version to another, however it excludes upgrades from one Mech-Q AutoCAD LT version to another (Eg: Mech-Q for AutoCAD LT 2015 to Mech-Q for AutoCAD LT 2016).

Mech-Q Service & Maintenance Contract

In addition to the free upgrade one year period, we also offer a Mech-Q Service & Maintenance Contract which may be purchased for extended periods of 12 months, 24 months or 36 months.

The contract DOES include:

Upgrades from one Mech-Q product version to a newer product version (Eg: Mech-Q v3.36 to Mech-Q v3.40)
Upgrades from one Mech-Q CAD version to a newer Mech-Q CAD version (Eg: Mech-Q for AutoCAD 2016 to Mech-Q for AutoCAD 2017)

How to create a backup in Mech-Q – even CAD – in just seconds

Today in our video we discuss how to backup both your CAD and Mech-Q settings and customization. Using a few simple steps will save you time should you ever have to reinstall CAD or Mech-Q in the future.

(Video is 2 minutes long with audio)

Engineering Suites are included in both Mech-Q and in AViCAD. In this video show how to backup your CAD settings.

Each module in Mech-Q has its own BOM utility. In addition to the individual BOM’s for Piping, Ducting and Structural, we also provide a General BOM that can be customized for any type of drawing. If you need to edit the BOM schedule, you’ll want to do so before starting a project or generating a piping layout.

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What’s Mech-Q – Video

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Structural Steel Stair Demo

A quick look at the stair utility in our structural engineering package.

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How to Register MechQ?

register-mechqHow do I get my unlocking code? Registering Mech-Q is easy.

You will need to first download the mechanical software after your payment is processed (if you have already installed a trial of MechQ you can skip re-downloading the software). When you see the startup dialog, a serial number will appear. Use our on-line authorization code application to send the serial code to us.

We will then process the serials and send you a key back. The key will be a series of letters and numbers. When the email arrives, just copy and paste the key back into the registration box.

Steps to registering MechQ

  • Download the Mech-Q software.
  • Install software.
  • Make note of Serial Number (see Mech-Q start up dialogue)
  • Open up readme.txt with download and review quick instructions
  • Use the Mech-Q On-Line Authorization Code Application to register your software
  • Once registered please allow 24 hours to receive the keys to unlock the software.

New 3D Piping Demo

A quick look at how to create a 3D Piping & Vessel using our piping module. The Piping module is an easy to use Isometric, 2D & 3D piping package. Includes a comprehensive range of pipe, fittings, flanges and valves. Completely integrates into AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, AViCAD and other IntelliCAD applications.

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Windows 7 / Vista Compatibility Settings

Windows-7 MechQ Settings

MechQ is fully compatible with the latest Windows operating systems including the new Windows7 and Vista.

When installing MechQ in Windows 7 or Vista you are required to install Mech-Q as the administrator, even if you are the administrator.

If you have Vista or Windows 7, one of the first things you will want to check is check your permissions.
Follow these steps if you have Vista or Windows 7:

1. after the installing Mech-Q, right click on “AutoCAD 20##” desktop icon shortcut (## = AutoCAD version)
2. select properties
3. click “compatibility”
4. tick “Run this program as administrator” under “Privilege Level”.
5. click ok.

Then re-start AutoCAD by double-clicking the desktop icon. Mech-Q should now work without problem.

Can I edit and still retain BOM data?

pick style for MechQA common question is how to edit the drawings created by Mech-Q and retain the BOM data created by the program.

Most Mech-Q objects are not blocks but “Anonymous Groups” – so they will never need to be “exploded” …. doing so it will result in loosing the group integrity.

To EDIT MechQ drawing objects please do the following ….

Before editing Turn Groups ON/Off by changing the AutoCAD variable PICKSTYLE

PICKSTYLE = 0 (OFF) – Object are Ungrouped
PICKSTYLE = 1 (ON) – Object are RE-Grouped

When you turn Groups OFF (PICKSTYLE = 0) you can edit the Mech-Q Piping groups as you wish. – TRIM/Erase/Change color etc…

After editing we recommend that you turn Groups ON (PICKSTYLE = 1) . Leaving Groups OFF (PICKSTYLE = 0) may result in Mech-Q BOM errors.

If you follow the above – No BOM data will be lost

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