2015 Kipware® Development Report

It’s hard to believe that we are about to close out 2015 and start a new journey into another New Year. At this time each year we are fond of taking a look back to reflect and evaluate what we have accomplished during the past year for our products in terms of development and enhancements … and of course for our clients.

Versus other software vendors who boast “millions of hits on our website” … we’re doers. We don’t talk about it … we do it … and we’re more than happy to publish our doing it and lay it out there for all to see. We’re proud of our hard work and results and the fact that THOUSANDS of real world machinists … from the one man shop to fortune 500 companies like SpaceX and General Dynamics around the world use Kipware® software. I guess they’re doers too. Are you a doer?

Why do we feel it is important?

Since 2012 … the first year we started blogging regularly … we have posted our year-in-review article highlighting the main items of development over the year.  We feel this is SOOOO VERY IMPORTANT for a number of reasons … but let’s focus on the top two.

  1. To show clients and potential clients that Kentech Inc. and Kipware® software is constantly on the move … innovating … inventing … improving … and enhancing. So clients and potential clients can compare our rate of the above against other competition and developers. We are by far the busiest in terms of enhancing and upgrading our machine shop software … all our market leading titles. If you follow our blog you’ll know we are a big fan of software Version #’s. For developers who adhere to the software version norms … major release, minor release and build numbers ( e.g. 10.1.0  )  … these are an actual reflection of the number of releases which usually illustrates the amount of new development. As the major release number grows … it reflects the number of major upgrades and enhancements. The reverse … software with Version #’s that are low … reflect the lack of development and lack of major releases. This is a good indicator of how much work and effort a company is putting into development. We always encourage any potential client to compare our version numbers with any competitor … the result is always astounding. We have posted the current version #’s next to each title along with the release information for the last year for your review. Nothing to hide here.
  2. So existing clients can view the various changes and enhancements to titles they may own … and help them decide if these changes warrant an UPGRADE investment. Kentech Inc. does not have any maintenance agreements and no yearly fees. Our UPGRADE policy basically allows the user to pick-and-choose when they wish to upgrade based on features released. At any time the user can UPGRADE … and will receive the latest version of the software with ALL the current features. So if we release an UPGRADE and the features are not of interest this time but they are the next time … an UPGRADE purchase will get you ALL the features that have been released to date.

By the way … if you missed any of our previous end of the year reports or wish to see our progress … here are some links to help :

So without further ado ….

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Let’s raise the curtain on this years highlights !!

Below is a list of our accomplishments for 2015 … with links to articles with in-depth information about each. Enjoy.

KipwareT®

Conversational CNC Programming Software for Turning
Current Version : 18.1.4

  1. Shoulder Grooving Conversational menu released … for more info CLICK HERE.
  2. New unprecendented conversational OD and ID turning menu released … truly game changing … for more info CLICK HERE.

KipwareM®

Conversational CNC Programming Software for Milling
Current Version : 16.9.1

  1. New conversational 3D BOWL menu released … for more info CLICK HERE.
  2. New conversational 3D MALE and FEMALE BENDING DIE menus released … for more info CLICK HERE.
  3. New conversational TAPERED TOP facing menu released … for more info CLICK HERE.

Kipware® SketchPad

Conversational CAD / CAM
Current Version : 11.0.0

  1. Machinist CYCLE MODE released for both milling and turning … for more info CLICK HERE.

KipwareCYC®

Machining Cycletime Estimating Software
Current Version : 8.0.0

  1. Enhanced PRINTING options released … for more info CLICK HERE.
  2. New MULTI-PART estimating features released to aid in tombstone, multi-vise and multi-spindle cycletime estimating … for more info CLICK HERE.
  3. New RUNTIME CALCULATOR companion application released to aid in production runtime calculations … for more info CLICK HERE.

KipwareQTE®

Machine Shop Job Costing and Estimating Software
Current Version : 14.0.1

  1. Enhanced PRINTING options released … for more info CLICK HERE.

KipwareXC®

G Code Conversion Software
Current Version : 15.2.0

  1. New X-Y-Z SEPARATION and HEIGHT OFFSET AUTO ADDITION features released … for more info CLICK HERE.

These illustrate only the MAJOR releases … there are also tons of minor tweaks behind the curtain along with User Interface changes that have been released without any fanfare. Unlike some developers who tout screen color changes or pop-up tips as MAJOR enhancements. I guess it comes from our on-the-shopfloor no-nonsense experiences … don’t give me something unless it truly makes a difference.

We invite you to compare this type of development and enhancements with any software developer you are considering. We like to use that famous New England clothiers marketing phrase … “An educated consumer is our BEST customer.” or “Shop us last … you’ll love us.

Of course … we couldn’t accomplish anything without the dedicated crew here at Kentech Inc. nor our fabulous family of Kipware® users. Thank you to everyone for your support and we promise to keep working hard … dedicate our efforts … to create and enhance our REAL WORLD software to make a difference in the REAL WORLD.

Happy New Year to ALL !!

Wishing all the best to everyone in 2016 !!
Kenney Skonieczny – President
Kentech Inc.

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