Thursday, October 31, 2013

4th Axis Conversational Programming Now Available in KipwareM®

Have a full 4th axis on your CNC mill? If so the new features now available in KipwareM® will be of interest.

Due to customer requests ... we have added new conversational menu options that will cover the creation of G code programs for machining that can be accomplished with a 4th axis. As time goes on and additional requests are received ... we will add more "fan favorite" options.

The first menu option released is for XY Slotting. Some of the features available in this menu include :

  1. Straight slots or "twisted" slots.
  2. Easily create programs to machine multiple, evenly spaced slots ( straight or twisted ) by simply inputting the total number of slots and the angle between the slots.
  3. The user can select the cutting direction .... climb or conventional milling ... for both roughing and finishing.
  4. The user can select from a variety of machining options beyond just roughing and finishing including :
  • Zig-Zag cutting with Z ramping
  • Zig-Zag cutting with Z plunging
  • One-Way cutting with Z ramping
  • One-Way cutting with Z plunging
We are excited to be able to add this feature to KipwareM® and to start the process of building a complete and robust 4th axis option moving forward.
Do you have a machining operation you would like to see added? Rrop us a line at and let us know the details. If we feel it would be a "fan favorite" ... we'll get it included in the next release.

Kenney Skonieczny - President
Kentech Inc.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Kentech Inc.'s C.S.D. Strategic Business Unit for Custom Software Development Goes Live

In the 25+ years of our existence, we have created hundreds of custom software applications from custom G code conversion applications to custom conversational CNC programming applications. In September 2013, due to increased customer demand for custom machine shop and CNC applications, we created our C.S.D. Strategic Business Unit to better concentrate developers and their resources on these custom applications. With this new SBU, we can insure your custom machine shop and CNC applications are developed professionally and intelligently and brought to your shop floor in the quickest and most efficient manner.

Our over 25+ years of metacutting, CNC and machine shop experiences enable us to "see" the shop floor and our clients problems with a clarity unmatched in manufacturing based software development. Our focus lies with our strengths ... in manufacturing ... in metacutting ... in CNC programming and in G code and G code creation. If you have ideas that you feel would benefit your shop ... we encourage you to contact the Kentech Inc. C.S.D. unit today and turn those IDEAS into INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY !!

The Kentech Inc. C.S.D. unit operates on the philosophy :

If you can DREAM it ... We can CODE it !!

For additional information, capabilities and to find out what the 
Kentech Inc. C.S.D. Unit can do for you ... 
please visit the C.S.D. website :

Kenney Skonieczny - President
Kentech Inc.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

SpaceX purchases Kipware® for their CA Manufacturing Facility

Kentech Inc. is pleased to announce the purchase of Kipware® software by SpaceX for use in their manufacturing facility in Hawthorne California.

The sale of (40) seats of Kipware® was finalized on October 23, 2013.

Welcome SpaceX to the Kipware® family of users !!

Kenney Skonieczny - President
Kentech Inc.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

First Look - Conversational Y Axis Programming for Turning Centers

First look and development progress on theY AXIS CONVERSATIONAL PROGRAMMING module for KipwareT®

In late September we began development on the Y Axis Conversational Programming
module for KipwareT® - Conversational CNC Programmng Software for Turning. We have been steadily creating new menus and the accompanying toolpath generating code for Y axis milling operations such as pocketing, boss machining, thread milling and more ... with options to perform these machining operations on the FACE or OD of the workpiece.

The same proven-in-the-trenches milling toolpaths created through KipwareM® will soon be available for milling on Y axis turning centers.

In addition, revisions are being implemented into our KipwareTP® - Toolpath Plotting Software to accommodate Y axis toolpath plotting both on Z axis and X axis features.

Full release is scheduled for mid to late November 2013. Stay tuned to " ... In The Trenches" or watch for your November Kentech Inc. Newsletter for more details. If you're not signed up to receive the Kentech Inc. Newsletter ... which always contains our vastly popular Monthly Puzzler ... you can sign up here.

Kenney Skonieczny - President
Kentech Inc.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

New Training Video Available

We have added a new training video for Kipware® conversational covering the Kipware® conversational TREE and the cycle editing options available for cycles loaded into the tree.

This video also highlights some new options recently added and made available for cycle editing.

You can view all our videos through our YouTube channel : KTSoftware ... or by visiting the Kipware® Video Training page ... the link is directly available within all Kipware® conversational applications.

Kenney Skonieczny - President
Kentech Inc.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Live Webinar on Machine Shop Estimating with Kipware®

We would love to invite you to join us for a live Webinar demonstration of quoting and estimating with KipwareCYC® machining cycletime estimating software and KipwareQTE® job costing and estimating software ... this Thursday 10/10/2013 at 1:30 pm ET. Our webinars usually last between 20 and 30 minutes with Q&A session to follow.

Also ... our Kipware® business software titles are featured in our Stupid Deal of the Week this week. So come and join us ... get the scoop on quoting and estimating with Kipware® ... get all your questions answered in real time ... and if it feels right, save some serious $$$ with a Stupid Deal of the Week purchase of an individual Kipware® title or all our business titles in our Kipware® Suite bundle.

You can Register Here :

The webinar capacity is limited to 25 ... so don't miss out ... register early.

Thanks to all in advance ... hope to see ya Thursday !!

Kenney Skonieczny - President
Kentech Inc.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Release - New KipwareCYC® Cut Length Calculator Features

On the heels of the release of the CLC SketchPad for KipwareCYC® machining cycletime estimating software  ( ) ... we have added another new feature to the Cut Length Calculator as well.

Version 10.1.0 gives user the ability to SAVE and RECALL operations calculated using the CLC conversational / fill-in-the-blank forms. This new feature will allow for faster length of cut calculations as user will be able to save commonly used operations ( e.g. - Peck Drilling in 303 Stainless ) ... then  recall them ... make any subtle changes to the data ... and rec-calculate the length of cut without having to re-enter all the information onto the form.

We have also posted a new video to our YouTube channel ( KTSoftware ) that demonstrates the creation of a sample cycletime estimate using all the latest features within KipwareCYC®.

As always ... many thanks to our Kipware® users for your feedback and support.

Kenney Skonieczny - President
Kentech Inc.