New KipwareXC® Feature Release – X-Y-Z Separation & Height Offset Auto Addition

The latest version of KipwareXC®, Kentech Inc.’s ground breaking G code conversion software, contains a couple of new features catering to Fadal users and others who need to separate X-Y-Z moves and add height offset calls to G code during conversions.

COORDINATE SEPARATION

Some CNC controls have the capability to perform X-Y movement prior to a Z axis move when X-Y-Z coordinates are all commanded in the same line. On some controls … the command line :
G00G90X1.00Y-1.00Z.500
would result in the Z axis not moving to the .500 position until the X-Y movement has been completed. Most CNC controls do not possess this capability and will perform the 3 axis move … X-Y-Z … all axis simultaneously.

The new COORDINATE SEPARATION feature now included in Version 15.3.0 of KipwareXC® allows the user to set up a Profile to automatically separate this type of move command into two lines … with the X-Y positioning in the first line followed by the Z axis positioning command on the next on a line by itself.

In addition … KipwareXC® will automatically skip over this separation while all drilling canned cycles are invoked and active … allowing normal Z axis transitions to still be available in canned cycle command lines.

A simple checkbox is provided in the G-M Code Separation area of the KipwareXC® Profile option screen.

x y z axis seaparation in KipwareXC G code conversion software

Conversion

AUTO HEIGHT OFFSET INCLUSION

For users who wish to auto-convert G code from CNC controls that do not utilize height offset commands to G code that requires such commands … Version 15.3.0 of KipwareXC® can assist in these situations as well.

In addition to the ability to separate X-Y and Z moves as outlined above … users now have the ability to set the KipwareXC® Profile up to automatically insert any user defined height offset G code command during the first Z axis move after a tool change … and also have a corresponding H offset call command inserted either with using the current tool # or with a default 00 value.

For example … original G code formatted :

T01
M06
G90S1200M03
G00X1.000Y-2.000Z1.000M08

can be automatically re-formatted by KipwareXC® to read :

T01
M06
G90S1200M03
G00X1.000Y-2.000M08
G43Z1.000H01

The conversion will be done ALL AUTOMATICALLY by KipwareXC® during the conversion process. As the screen capture below illustrates … the user has multiple options available for this re-formatting.

automatically add height offset commands with KipwareXC

Post Processors are SOOO Yesterday and SOOO Obsolete

These two new feature releases on their own are very powerful options to have in your arsenal … add that to the multiple other conversion options available in KipwareXC® … which ALL perform simultaneously during a conversion … and you can see why utilizing a post processor to re-post / re-format existing G code just doesn’t make any sense. KipwareXC® can take your PROVEN G code program and automatically re-format it for another machine / control and never lose all the integrity of the proven code. Sooo simple … sooo fast … sooo efficient.

If you haven’t checked out KipwareXC® or any of the other pioneering G code conversions applications from Kentech Inc. … please visit www.KentechInc.net and check ’em out.

Kenney Skonieczny – President
Kentech Inc.