Over the past fourteen years 80/20 Inc. has offered a free plug-in for the AutoCAD design software. The most current version of this software is called AutoQuoterX. It allows users to design frames using only 80/20 Inc. T-slotted profiles and most matching accessories. When a design is finished, a user can then generate a bill of materials used in that design.
80/20 Inc. also publishes a free profile stress calculator that can be used to figure the stress a given load will place on a T-slotted profile. 80/20 Inc. calls this software Deflection CalculatorX. This calculator will also determine the profile's deflection and column load stress. A measurement converter is also included with the Delfection CalculatorX software.
80/20 Inc. has several services available to help the design and building process when using their framing systems. The company has a large in-house custom machining department that can machine anything offered in their catalogue, as well as others' materials which they do not offer. 80/20 sells their products through a large distribution chain. There is a link on their web site home page that displays a distributor lookup section. Distributors can help customers design and build anything using 80/20 products.