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New AViCAD Site Launches

AViCAD - Complete CAD for Plant Design and ArchitectureWe have launched a new site today featuring Process Plant and Piping Software. will host its’ new CAD Architectural / Engineering software called AViCAD. also provides an intro with videos about its brand new all in one CAD package for Engineers, Architects and Draftspersons. The site emphasizes that AViCAD has a AutoCAD®-like interface which is about one-eighth the price of its competitor.
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If you could draw a piping schematic in just minutes instead of hours, would you want to know how?

Mechanical Software For AViCADMeeting project deadlines can be really frustrating – especially without the right tools.

AViCAD is designed to increase your work flow using a streamlined dialog interface. It’s created by Engineers that understand exactly how you work.

That’s why over thousands of our customers are producing great looking drawings in record time. Many have tripled their productivity after using AViCAD for just a week. Our mechanical software includes everything you’ll need to get started including the new AViCAD  CAD software which is fully compatible with the latest AutoCAD® DWG format.

AViCAD Highlights Include:

  • AViCAD uses the same AutoCAD® commands & menus
  • Recent version includes new PDF tools  & more.
  • Read & write DWG’s by default just like AutoCAD®
  • Includes our Piping, HVAC, Structural, Mechanical Modules plus BOM
  • Draws 2D, 3D and Isometric Piping, HVAC
  • Receive support anytime.

Try AViCAD free today!

With our mechanical software, you’ll receive a 2D/3D Platform designed to operate just like AutoCAD® at zero cost to you. Plus you receive our popular engineering suite.

We think you will find that AViCAD offers a complete CAD solution at a unbelievable value. But don’t take our word for it. We encourage you to take AViCAD for a 30-day test drive today! We think you’ll agree that AViCAD not only offers the best value, but will get the job done quickly and effortlessly.

Why AViCAD Makes Sense For Any Office

AViCAD is a leading CAD platform based on IntelliCAD technology. AViCAD reads and writes DWG files by default.

Administrator Ends Up Saving Money:

Overall software setup costs are minimal with AViCAD

  • Fast start-up & training  – easy to use  intuitive menus
  • Annual upgrades at a fraction of the price
  • Project budgets – gets the job done quicker
  • Project networking capable

Incredible Savings On Our AViCAD Bundle

piping-assemblyHow do you fill up your pocketbook with 599 dollars? When you purchase our AViCAD Suite you’ll receive our popular CAD Platform called AViCAD – valued at $599!

With our engineering suite AViCAD, you’ll receive a free 2D/3D Platform designed to operate just like AutoCAD at zero cost to you. Plus you receive our popular engineering software. It may sound too good to be true… but we have been working hard to keep our prices low enough so that companies like yourself, can continue to operate within budget.

Users Want An Affordable 2D / 3D Solution

We recently sent out a survey to compile a software wish list. An overwhelming number of users wanted an affordable 2D / 3D platform compatible with AutoCAD to run our engineering modules. We also received feedback they many of you are tired of keeping up with updates and outrageous subscription fees.

So we listened and created a powerful CAD Engineering bundle with an amazing price tag:

o Professional package with 2D & 3D functionality
o Use the same AutoCAD commands & menus
o Read & write DWG’s by default just like AutoCAD
o Includes our Piping, HVAC, Structural, Mechanical Modules
o Draws 2D, 3D and Isometric Piping, HVAC & more
o Create Bill Of Materials On the Fly
o Upgrades are extremely affordable
o Receive Free local support in the U.S.

Dont Take Our Word For It – Try It Out!

We think you will find that AViCAD offers a complete CAD solution at a unbelievable value. But don’t take our word for it. We encourage you to take AViCAD for a 30-day test drive today! We think you’ll agree that AViCAD not only offers the best value, but gets the job done quickly and effortlessly.


Announcing ZWCAD 2011 – What’s new in ZWCAD?

ZWCAD 2011 is now available! ZWCAD is a powerful AutoCAD Alternative for both 2D and 3D CAD software with native DWG format.

Based on IntelliCAD technologies, ZWCAD 2011 assures you of unrivaled compatibility with AutoCAD & Windows Operating Systems. ZWCAD is a great AutoCAD alternative and is used widely by many well know companies.

CAD software gets even better in 2011 as ZWSOFT introduces its latest innovations to its best selling CAD software. See improvements below:

Parametric Drawing

Parametric drawing – (geometric and dimensional) constraints – will radically redefine the way you design in 2D by significantly reducing editing time.

PDF Plotter and more!

Print and convert your drawing directly into PDF format. Plus drawing tool functions such as Word Table, Field, Mleader and Solprof (converts 3D to 2D).

Better User Experience

Brand new enhanced tools such as Snap (hovered snapping), Refedit, Raster Image, Dimension Break, and Online Help.

New API Improvements

Added in ZWCAD 2011 is a wide range of API improvements, including new classes for UI in ZRX and a batch of new visual LISP functions, greatly simplify migration.

ZWCAD 2011 now available!contact us for more info today!

ZW3D Just Released!

ZW3D - CAD/ CAM 3D ProductZWSoft, the makers of AViCAD,  have just released a new 3D CAD product called ZW3D. This is a alternative to Autodesk Inventor and is a completely new breed of CAD/CAM software. If you are looking for an affordable and powerful “all-in-one” software solution for design, analysis, and manufacturing look no further!

ZW3D allows you to get even your toughest jobs accomplished in no time at all. With ZW3D you can effortlessly create wireframes, solids and surfaces and is perfectly suited for any production modeling environment. It will also import any imported file, including scan data. It supports STL, point cloud, scan data and more.

ZW3D will soon be available right here at CADavenue.   » Contact us today to preorder!

ZW3D Main Features

  • Import massive files
  • Integrate solid/surface modeling
  • 2-5 Axis optimized milling
  • Sheet metal specific commands speed design and flat pattern layouts
  • Get the speed of solids ,the power of surface and the flexibility of wireframe
  • Eliminate model repair time
  • Convert 2D images to 3D models

Digital sculpturing and surfacing

  • Supports Class A Surfacing to add style & designs
  • Get total control over surface curvature
  • Dynamically morph any shape
  • Directly edit surfaces

Versatile Assembly Design

  • Top-down and bottom-up assembly design
  • Fast and simple to make assembly animation
  • Burst technology easy to make big assembly

Reads, Scans & Builds In Many Ways

  • Work with STL , point cloud and scan data to build 3D models and assemblies
  • Build surfaces?refine meshes and repair parts
  • Reconstruct parts
  • Send to ZW3D CAM for STL machining
  • Support your 3D printer and more

Supports 2-5 axis CAM

  • QuickMilling improves productivity
  • SmoothFlow AFC(TM) Technology
  • Adaptive Feedrate Control
  • Intelligent Machining Automation
  • Features Aware Offset 3D milling

Includes Self Paced Tutorials

  • Learn at your own pace, on your own schedule
  • Reduce cost of training
  • Accelerate learning speed
  • Many good examples just like a 3D tutorial book

» Learn more about ZW3D today contact us with any questions you may have.

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Mech-Q for 2011 released

mechq for AutoCAD 2011A new Mech-Q version has just been released. Mech-Q now fully compatible with AutoCAD 2011 Full Version!

We have also release Mech-Q for AutoCAD LT 2011, both 32 bit and 64 bit are available!

Mech-Q is also fully compatible with Windows Vista & Windows 7 – Both 32 and 64 bit operating systems.

The latest release of MechQ is largely a Maintenance Update release. Several minor improvements and bug fixing in:

  • Mech-Q Piping
  • Mech-Q Mechanical
  • Mech-Q Structural

Please note: following the demise of drcauto late 2009. ASVIC no longer use drcauto’s LT Toolkit with Mech-Q. We now use the new advanced CADSTA Tools which allows LISP to run in LT. All new versions of Mech-Q LT versions from now (2006-2011+) will be using CADSTA Tools.

Customers that are still using an old version of Mech-Q with LTToolkit should now upgrade to Mech-Q.