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New KipwareM® Release : O.D. Boss Contouring Menu

Kentech Inc. recently released version 20.0.0 of our KipwareM® – Conversational CNC Programming CAM for Milling.

This new release includes a new contouring menu for O.D. square / rectangular bosses. The new menu allows the user to describe any chamfer, at any angle, or any radius on any corner of the boss. The chamfers / radii can all be different … or all be the same … some / all corners can also be left square … and the description is quick and easy to configure as the screenshot below illustrates.

Climb and conventional milling is configurable with the click of a button and the boss can be rotated at any angle with a single input.

Below is a video presentation with additional details :

Kentech Inc. continues to add innovative and ground breaking options to KipwareT® and KipwareM® … maintaining Kipware® conversational as the GOLD STANDARD in PC based CNC conversational CAM.

Please visit www.KentechInc.com for more information, pricing and purchase options for the complete line-up of Kipware® – Real World Machine Shop Software.

Kenney Skonieczny – President
Kentech Inc.

New KipwareT® Release – Auto-Tool List Generation

We are pleased to announce the release of our auto-tool list creation feature for KipwareT® – Conversational CNC Programming Software for Turning.

As the name describes, this feature will create a tool list for tools used in the currently developed program and includes for every tool in the program :

  • Tool #
  • Offset #
  • User’s note for tool description

This information is critical in set-up and users have the ability to have that tool list created :

  • And inserted directly into the G code program as text blocks at the start of the G code
  • Displayed in the KipwareT® EDITOR where it’s contents can be edited / added to directly in the Editor and also to have the ability to print the Tool List from within the Editor.

Below is a video link that illustrates this new feature in action :

Auto tool list creation is now shipping standard with all new KipwareT® orders … and is available in all KipwareT® UPGRADE purchases.

Kenney Skonieczny – President
Kentech Inc.

Covid-19 … CNC Machine Shops … and Kipware®

I think we have all heard this more than enough … “these are unprecedented times,” We all know it … because we are all living it. Unfortunately.

First off … we salute everyone for their efforts from staying at home to social distancing to the most needed front line workers. You have our gratitude for fighting the good fight … without all our efforts we, the fortunate ones, would not be here … surviving. And we remember the ones we lost. The numbers are staggering but we remember that each one was a mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister … each was a vital member of a family that will never be the same again. Each one will be missed … and forever remembered.

As business … including machine shops … begin “opening up” … the workplace looks much different than it did at the start of the year. Kentech Inc. is an internet based company and we have been up and functioning throughout … but now we are hearing from a different clientele.

Machine shops are functioning in a different light … smaller workforce with oftentimes a limited skill level … or smaller workforce just due to the financial consequences of limited work and trying to make the most with what you have. Everyone is being asked to do anything … and sometimes a little help is all we need.

BUT … Kipware® Was Made for THIS !!

Since our birth in 1986, Kentech Inc. and Kipware® software was built from the shop floor up. Built by real world machinists, engineers, chipmakers and shop foreman and leaders. We know that not everything is rocket science … not everything requires a bachelors degree … sometimes all we need is a simple tool to give us a leg up … and that is Kipware® software.

For CNC Programming …

We all know it … not EVERY job requires complex CAD/CAM nor a programmer well versed in CAD/CAM. Kipware® conversational was made to help good chipmakers become good G code generators … and that takes the burden of the CAD/CAM programmer and opens up the programming capability of any size machine shop. And that means increased efficiency and increased output.

Agree? CLICK HERE to explore Kipware® conversational for milling and turning.

For Winning PROFITABLE Work …

Now more than ever margins are tight and the work you win has got to be WORTH WINNING. Kipware® ESTIMATING software was created on the shop floor and has been proven in the trenches since 1986 !! KipwareCYC® will ensure that your machining cycletime estimates accurately reflect what happens on your shop floor … the ABSOLUTE KEY to real world estimating. KipwareQTE® will, ensure that you are not only winning work … but winning PROFITABLE work.

CLICK HERE to check out our Kipware® REAL WORLD ESTIMATING software.

For Ending CNC Control Incompatibility …

With time constraints and more … moving jobs from machine to machine is more and more common. Re-posting or manual editing is NOT AN OPTION !! Kipware® CONVERSION software makes the machine and CNC control incompatibility simply go away !! KipwareXC® and CNC XChange can make all your shop machines … all your CNC controls … run seamlessly. And that means moving that job from the DMG Mori to the Okuma or the Fadal to the Haas can be done in seconds … not hours.

CLICK HERE to check out how Kipware® cam make your shop floor run seamlessly !!

And We ALL Need a Good ROI !!

And Kipware® can accomplish ALL of the above without breaking the bank. Kipware® has simple interfaces to get you up and running quickly. And priced for the REAL WORLD … a Kipware® purchase means a fast return on your investment. That’s a WIN-WIN for productivity and profitability.

CLICK HERE for Kipware® Pricing and Purchase information.

So Sure … Times are Different

But Kipware® is here to help.
And we’ve been here since 1986 … creating tools for the Real World.
So grab some Kipware® and let’s discover the “new normal”. Because now more than ever … it’s REAL !!
Oh ya … it’s REAL !!

Kenney Skonieczny – President
Kentech Inc.

New Release – Mutli Sided Conversational Menu for Pentagons, Octagons … any -OGONS !!

While performing an online demonstration the other day, a client asked if KipwareM® had a menu to perform multi sided milling of shapes other than a hex. Of course, the hex shape is a standard feature. KipwareM® can also mill square, rectangular and round bosses using the conversational menus and non standard shapes through the SketchPad. But his question got us wondering about easily programming the milling of pentagons, heptagons, octagons and so on. We thought the answer would be to create a conversational, fill in the blank menu that can quickly and easily create G code milling for a figure with any number of sides, so we did.

The video below will illustrate the use of the newly released multi sided milling menu, now a standard menu in KipwareM®

The form allows the user to define a shape with any number of sides, by just entering the diameter of the circumscribed circle and the required number of sides. The user can also input the radius of the cutter along with all the machining parameters required to machine the shape to the desired depth.

At Kentech we are innovators and pioneers. This new menu illustrates not only the constant innovation being done on Kipware® software, but also the level of real world development being poured into Kipware® to ensure that it continues to be the gold standard for PC based conversational CNC cam software.

Kipware® conversational is a powerful and easy to use tool for anyone’s CNC programming arsenal. Click HERE or visit www.KentechInc.com to put Kipware® conversational to work for you.

Kenney Skonieczny – President
Kentech Inc.

New Release : Unlimited Grooving Options in Conversational OD ID Grooving Profiles [ Conversational CNC CAM for Turning ]

Creating corner chamfers and radii on OD or ID grooves can be a challenge. Whether programming these profiles manually or through a complex CAD/CAM package … hitting the correct dimensions and tolerances is a tough task.

That’s why we have invested considerable time, effort and testing in the newest feature of our KipwareT® – Conversational CAN Programming Software for Turning … OD and ID GROOVE PROFILING.

Through a simple conversational or fill-in-the-blank form … users can easily describe any chamfer or radius on the outside corners … any radius on the ID corners …  any tool nose radius on the grooving tool … and have KipwareT® auto-generate the profiling toolpath in seconds … all the math, all the calculations are done automatically in seconds. The best part is if actual cutting conditions cause an out-of-spec part … changes and revisions can be made in seconds … all done conversationally … and sent back out to the machine for prove-out.

Now we all know that “ideal” numbers don’t result in an “ideal” part, Cutter deflection … cutter pressure … cutting conditions can all cause a deviation from desired specs. This new feature in KipwareT® makes any alterations or edits to bring the actual dimension into spec quick and easy.

This new feature in KipwareT® will make anyone … novice or beginner programmer … a grooving master in no time.

Here is a video with additional details :

You can check out all the features of KipwareT® conversational by :

(a) visiting our website HERE
(b) visiting our YouTube channel HERE

Kenney Skonieczny – President
Kentech Inc.

New Release : Backturning Options in KipwareT® [ New Turning CNC CAM Conversational Features ]

Kentech Inc. is pleased to announce the release of Version 21.0.0 of our KipwareT® – Conversational CNC Programming Software for Turning.

This version release includes (2) new backturning menu options for both STRAIGHT and TAPER turning. 

STRAIGHT Backturning Menu

TAPER Backturning Menu

As with all KipwareT® conversational menus, these new menus offer the user multiple options to create powerful G code programs. The user has the ability to select from the following :

  • Rough and / or Finish cutting … create separate operations or combine roughing and finishing with the same tool.
  • Turning ( cutting along the Z axis ) or Facing ( cutting along the X axis ) type cutting … and these can be different for roughing and finishing.
  • Any configuration with any taper can be defined in the menus.

Version 21.0.0 is shipping standard as of 12/10/2019 with these new backturning menus options a standard, included feature.

Kenney Skonieczny – President
Kentech Inc.

Conversational C Axis Polar Interpolation for Live Tool [New Feature in KipwareT® ]

August 12, 2019 – New release

Kentech Inc. is pleased to announce the release of Version 20.2.1 of KipwareT® along with Version 12.0.0 of the Kipware® SketchPad.

These two new versions have enhanced C axis polar interpolation features for live tool turning centers. Although Y axis turning centers are the newer version of CNC lathes that include live tool milling, our clients have told us that they are still purchasing older live tool centers that have C axis milling capabilities and no Y axis features.

As a result of these numerous requests for conversational C axis milling features … we have added new capabilities to both KipwareT® and the Kipware® SketchPad.

The following video example illustrates some of the new features and capabilities.

These new features create G code compatible with Haas … Fanuc … Okuma … and all “fanuc compatible” controls straight out of the box. No “post processor” or anything additional is required … as is the case with all Kipware® conversational output. Complete user configurable settings … and the ability to select DIAMETER or RADIUS programming … insure that users can further configure M codes and other machine specific functions for their specific machine and control.

We invite you to visit www.KentechInc.com for more or contact Sales@KentechInc.com to arrange a live, online demonstration to see the complete range of Kipware® conversational features.

Kenney Skonieczny – President
Kentech inc.

New Conversational 3D Menu for KipwareM® [ Tapered Straight Edge ]

We are always following up on user requests.

Our conversational 3D menus for KipwareM® have truly been a game changer for a lot of our clients … allowing them to create G code programs to machine “standard” 3D shapes like cones, troughs, curved surfaces, tapered holes, edges with radii and more … without having to rely on expensive and complex CAD/CAM software. Packed with powerful, real world machining features … KipwareM® 3D programming has proven to be groundbreaking, innovative and in-demand !!

Since it’s introduction in 2013 … many clients have suggested new “standard” shapes and we have tried to answer the call when we feel the shape requested would be beneficial to the general community. Our TAPERED – RADIUS EDGE is one of those that has proven to be quite popular and widely used by our clients.

But recently I handles a phone call where the client asked “Do you have a 3D menu to chamfer an edge?” I though to myself … geez we should have. But low and behold we had one for a radius but not a chamfer. Blew my mind … and I immediately reached for the Development Whiteboard and added that for immediate development.

I’m happy to report that as of June 15th, 2019 … the KipwareM® 3D option now contains conversational menus for BOTH cutting a radius tapered edge and a straight tapered edge.

It has already proven quite useful with a good client of ours how wanted to cut a radius tapered edge … but was looking for a quick way to rough out the shape before finishing. Using the straight tapered edge allowed him to utilize a fairly large step-over to rough out the material … then come back with the radius tapered edge with smaller step-overs to finish the contour with a nice smooth finish.

In addition … we revamped the radius tapered edge to clamp the step down along the taper for the Z axis. Previously we had it set to clamp the Y axis … but for shallow angles the Y step created a greater Z step that proved to be too heavy in some instances. This new concept insures that the Z step down will be the one that is clamped … and the Y axis step will most often be reduced … not increased.

Always innovating … always improving … that is our promise !!

Kenney Skonieczny – President
Kentech Inc.
www.KentechInc.com

KipwareT® Conversational CNC Software – Enhanced Sub-Spindle Programming

Kentech Inc. is pleased to announce the release of new conversational CNC features for our KipwareT® – Conversational CNC Programming Software for turning. This latest release of Version 20.1.0 add enhanced conversational sub-spindle programming to KipwareT®.

Each conversational menu now contains a checkbox through which the user can designate the operation as a SUB SPINDLE OPERATION. This designation will cause KipwareT® to insert the appropriate M codes and sub-spindle spindle commands to insure that this operation is configured by the machine for cutting using the sub spindle.

All sub spindle M codes and commands are user configurable through the KipwareT® LIVE TOOL SETTINGS for complete machine compatibility. This design and feature makes configuring KipwareT® extremely easy without the need for post processors or custom designed posts.

In the above example the SUB-SPINDLE MODE ON / OFF commands and spindle CW command were automatically included in the G code program after the checkbox was used to designate the operation as a sub spindle operation.

As of this posting of 4/30/2019 … these new sub spindle features are shipping standard with KipwareT® when the SUB SPINDLE OPTION is purchased.

Kenney Skonieczny – President
Kentech Inc.

Kipware® Conversational Programming Software – New 4 Axis Drilling Option Released

Kentech Inc. is pleased to announce the release of a new 4 axis DRILLING menu created in response to a customer request. As with all 4 axis conversatinal programming option … this new menu is available STANDARD with KipwareM® Version 19.5.0 as of April 22, 2019.

Screen #1 – Cutting Parameters

Initiating this programming menu in KipwareM® displays the cutting parameter input screen. Along with standard inputs for stock diameter, clearance, feedrates, spindle speed, depth of cut and retract (peck plunging parameters) … the user can select from (3) available machining cycles.

PLUNGE Cycle : most closely resembling a drilling cycle where the cutter will feed down in the Z axis only. Inputting a DEPTH OF CUT and RETRACT AMOUNT will initiate a peck drilling routine … whereas 0 values in these fields will initiate a straight drilling cycle.

POCKET Cycle : selecting this cycle will first execute a drilling / peck drilling cycle as defined using the PLUNGE cycle parameters … then a pocket mill cycle will execute including circular entry and exit to insure smooth machining and a smooth side wall finish to open up the hole diameter. This cycle is best executed when machining larger holes greater than the cutter diameter.

BOTH : selecting this cycle will begin the hole machining with a drilling / peck drilling cycle as defined like a PLUNGE cycle … and then execute a pocket milling cycle at the final Z depth to open up the hole diameter. This cycle is best executed when peck drilling to depth is required and the hole diameter is greater than the cutter diameter.

Screen #2 – Hole Locations

Once the cutting parameters are defined … user have the ability to define an UNLIMITED number of hole locations through the HOLE LOCATION screen.

Each location can include an X axis and Y axis coordinate … going beyond just center line operations … along with different Z depth coordinates … to avoid “air machining” … and 4 axis angular coordinates. In addition a different hole diameter can be included for each location … allowing the user the ability to program a wide variety of hole locations and diameters in one operation and with one menu.


We are always developing new options and new power for our Kipware® conversational. We were happy to work closely with this client and many others to develop new menus to help save them time and increase their programming efficiency.

KipwareM® Version 19.5.0 is now shipping with this new programming menu standard.

Kenney Skonieczny – President
Kentech Inc.