AutoQuoterX™ Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will my old quote drawings work with AutoQuoterX™ and vice-versa?
A: Unfortunately not, In order to make AutoQuoterX™ parts more accurate, allow for ease of upgrading, and add more advanced features we needed to rewrite the software from the ground up, by doing this it makes the old and new quote drawings incompatible.

2. What programs will AutoQuoterX™ run in?
A: AutoQuoterX™ is written exclusively for AutoCAD® versions 2000, 2000i,and 2002. It will not work or run within Windows 98, AutoCADLT, Mechanical Desktop, Solid Works, or any other CAD package.

3. I know the old software could not export out the BOM. Will the new software do this?
A: Yes, a new feature is the ability to export the BOM to a wide range of formats including, Microsoft Excel 95 and 97 *.xls, Rich Text *.rtf, Adobe *.pdf, and Extensible Markup Language *. xml.

4. How do we get new 80/20 parts into AutoQuoterX™ ?
A: Updates will be available from the web site or on CD. Update availability will be announced from the web site or by e-mail.

5. I have some ideas for some future changes. Who would I contact with my suggestions?
A: We would be glad to hear any suggestions that you might have for enhancing our software. You can
e-mail any suggestions to, log on to, or fax them to 260.248.8029 Attn: AutoQuoter Support.

6. When I edit a bar with Anchor Fastener counter bores or access holes the machining disappears, where do they go?
A: When you edit an extrusion with the "Edit Part" button it will erase any secondary machining on that bar. If you hit ctrl-z twice it will undo the erasure of the secondary machining.

Primary Machining: Machining performed on the bar before it is inserted into the drawing (Taps, Miter cuts, custom 45-degree supports…)

Secondary Machining: Machining performed on the bar after it has been inserted into the drawing. (Access holes, Anchor Fastener and Butt Fastener counter bores, Manifold holes and Door Latch machining...)

7. Does AutoQuoterX™ include the metric extrusions and parts?
A: Yes, AutoQuoterX™ does include the complete metric and fractional lines at this release, though we will continue to expand our product lines and update our software on a regular basis.

8. Can you mix metric and fractional bars in the same drawing?
A: Yes, not only can you mix-n-match metric and fractional extrusions and parts, but when you create the extrusion you have the option of entering either inches or mm for lengths.

9. Why when I use one of our companies' drawing templates AutoQuoterX™ defaults to metric parts and with some other templates it defaults to fractional. Why does this happen?
A: When a new drawing is started or a drawing template is used it was either created with fractional or metric as the default drawing units. AutoQuoterX™ reads these drawing units and switches between fractional or metric to accommodate the drawing. At any time if you wish to insert a metric part into a fractional drawing or vice versa you can select Metric, Fractional, or Both in the lower right corner of the AutoQuoterX™ screen.

10. When I use the AutoCAD® array feature the parts don't rotate properly. What is causing this?
A: This usually happens when osnap and/or ortho are turned on while attempting the array command. Deselect both of these options; repeat the command and it should work for you.

11. I made a cart with 1530 extrusion and when I ran the BOM the machining on about half of the bars are not correct. Did I do something wrong?
A: This sounds as if one half of the cart was drawn and then mirrored to create the other half of the frame. If the extrusion was mirrored and you know which bars are incorrect you will need to delete and recreate them to fix the problem. If you do not know which bar is incorrect you will need to run the part inquiry routine on each of the suspect bars, then delete and recreate the extrusion.

12. How do I move or remove machining (like an access hole) after I put it in, or do I still have to delete the bar and start over like I used too?
A: With AutoQuoterX™ you have two different types of machining, primary and secondary. Primary machining can be removed or changed be selecting the "Edit Part" button (Hammer Icon) from the toolbar. The secondary machine services can be deleted by selecting the "Remove Machine" button (Red Circle with Line).

Primary Machining: Machining performed on the bar before it is inserted into the drawing (Taps, Miter cuts, custom 45-degree supports…)

Secondary Machining: Machining performed on the bar after it has been inserted into the drawing. (Access holes, Anchor fastener and Butt fastener counter bores, Manifold holes and Door latch machining...)

13. When I insert a bar, it has a green point on one end and yellow on the other. What do they mean?
A: The green nodes represent the "Left" or insertion end of the extrusion and the yellow nodes represent the "Right" end of the bar. Note: all machining dimensions are measured and referenced from the "Left" end of the bar.

14. When I put a caster in my drawing it has a yellow circle at the bottom. What's it used for?
A: The swivel castors have a circle at the bottom of the castor representing the maximum swing radius with a vertical line showing the castor's working load height from the ground. The rigid castors have a vertical line only showing the load height.

15. Can I insert extrusions and parts at angles other than 90 degrees?
A: Yes. After you hit "Create" from the main program screen a "Rotate Part" dialog box will be displayed. At the right side of this box if you type in a different angle in place of the default 90 degrees the part can then be rotated at your chosen angle. The "custom angle" will remain the new default until a new drawing is started.

16. Are the AutoQuoterX™ parts solid Parametric?
A: No, AutoQuoterX™ uses dynamically generated surfaced wire frame models.

17. Where do I find structural shapes?
A: In this release of the software we only included the 10, 15, 25, and 40 series upper and lower door tracks and both types of panel stiffeners. All of these parts are located in the "Door and Panel Parts" tab on the main AutoQuoterX™ screen. For any other structural shape part you would need to create a special part

18. Are all the parts in the catalogs also in AutoQuoterX™ ?
A: We currently have the entire metric and fractional catalogs within AutoQuoterX™ with the exception of structural shapes and a couple of new parts. We will continue to update the software with both downloads and CDs.

19. Can I insert in other manufactures parts or 80/20 custom-machined parts and have them show up on the BOM?
A: Yes, for example, if you want a drive motor listed in your BOM you would create it as follows. Insert the drawing block for the motor into the drawing. Select the special part button from the AutoQuoterX™ menu, select "User Part" and then input the following information, Part Number, Description, Vendor, Price, "Select the object", "Base Points", and click on "Create the part". Now your motor will appear in the BOM. If you do not have a block to insert, you would insert a piece of text and then follow the same routine listed above.

20. Can you rotate the dynamic pivot arms and nubs in the new software?
A: Yes. Before you insert the part into the drawing you can rotate the arms from 0 to 180 degrees depending on the pivot. If after you insert the part you wish to rotate the arms you first select the "Edit Part" button and pivot nub assembly then enter the new rotation angle for the arms.

21. Does AutoQuoterX™ still use the same shortcut commands, like "Whatis" and "PN"?
A: AutoQuoterX™ includes 61 keyboard shortcut commands. For a complete shortcut listing with descriptions click the AutoQuoterX™ help button.

22. I am trying to create an "L" shaped panel and am having difficulty. How would I do this?
A: This revision of the software does not allow for the creation of non-rectangular panels, it is being considered for future releases. To have an "L" shaped panel you would need to make a special part.

23. Can I change or edit the panel material similar to changing the extrusion?
A: No, this revision of the software does not allow for editing of panels, but it is being considered for future releases.

24. How do I change the fasteners on a joining plate after I already inserted it?
A: Using the "Edit Part" button either change or deselect the "Include fasteners" checkbox at the bottom of the AutoQuoterX™ screen.

25. I am trying to add a brake to a bearing. Where do I find the machining services for the bearings?
A: AutoQuoterX™ Rev.1 does not include linear bearing machining services. They are currently being considered for Revision 2.

Note: One temporary solution would be to create a special part that calls out the brake machining service. For an example if you want a brake hole in a 6815 bearing at location LB you would create it as follows. Insert a line of text into the drawing and type in the service number 7400. Next select the special part button from the AutoQuoterX™ menu, select "User Part" and give it a part number of "7400", with a description of "6815 w/ 7400 @ LB", enter "4.25" for the price, lastly select the object and base points for the special part and create the part. Note: remember to copy the special part text in the drawing if you have more then one bearing requiring the same service.

26. What is the difference between the create and connect buttons?
A: The create button simply inserts an extrusion or part into the drawing, similar to inserting a block in AutoCAD®. The connect button asks the user to select the t-slot that the part or extrusion should align itself with, at which point the part is inserted, orientated, and "snapped" to the selected T-slot.

27. Is it possible to put the BOM into the drawing so I can keep both the BOM and drawing together in one file?
A: Yes, Run the BOM and export it to a *.pdf format to your hard drive; then within AutoCAD® go to the "Insert" menu, "OLE Object", "Create from file" then browse to the *.pdf file and insert it into the drawing (Do not select "Link" or "Display as icon"). Now you will see a representation of the BOM file in your drawing. Now if you have Adobe Reader installed and double click on the embedded BOM file to view and print the BOM.

28. Is it possible to edit or change a bar from 10 series to 15 series?
A: Yes, not only 10 to 15 series but also any fractional extrusion to any metric extrusion or vice versa.
One important thing you must keep in mind is when you edit any extrusion you will erase any Secondary Machining operations on that bar.

Primary Machining: Machining performed on the bar before it is inserted into the drawing (Taps, Miter cuts, custom 45-degree supports…)

Secondary Machining: Machining performed on the bar after it has been inserted into the drawing. (Access holes, Anchor fastener and Butt fastener counter bores, Manifold holes and Door latch machining...)

29. Can I run both the new and old AutoQuoter in the same drawing?
A: No, not in the same drawing, but it is possible to have two quote drawings open side by side in AutoCAD®, one running AutoQuoterX™, and the other AutoQuoter 2.83.




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