Monday, January 26, 2015

New Release : Kipware® SketchPad Machinist CYCLE Mode

Kentech Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the CYCLE MODE for the Kipware® SketchPad - Conversational CAD/CAM application. The new Kipware® SketchPad ... Version 11.0.0 ... is available STANDARD with ALL Kipware® Conversational CNC Programming titles and also is available as a stand-alone application.

The MACHINIST MODE in the Kipware® SketchPad is our unique toolpath creation function that allows users to create G code programs for ANY shape and pattern by simply moving and double-clicking the mouse ... which is an on-screen simulation of a user defined cutting tool.  Using RAPID, FEED, HORIZONTAL, VERTICAL, FREE HAND and now CYCLE modes ... users can quickly and easily create G code programs that has them in complete control of the cutting toolpath. No complex menus and no complex commands ... just move the mouse and double-click to record.

The new CYCLE mode adds even more control by allowing the user to control the DEPTH OF CUT with simple keystrokes of the keyboard ARROW keys. These keys combined with the RAPID and FEED modes allow for the fast and easy creation of ROUGHING toolpaths for ANY type of contour or shape.

The video below illustrates both the MACHINIST mode and new CYCLE mode in more detail :

For additional information on Kipware® conversational titles 
as well as the Kipware® SketchPad ... 
please visit our website :

Kenney Skonieczny - President
Kentech Inc.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Release : Shoulder Grooving for KipwareT®

Version 17.3.0 of our KipwareT® - Conversational CNC Programming System for Turning has been released and includes (2) new conversational options ... OD and ID Shoulder Grooving.

We define shoulder grooving as an operation that creates an undercut or groove where the "spindle side" of the groove has a larger diameter than the opposite wall. Although KipwareT® already contains many grooving options ... the OD and ID straight grooving considered that both the front and rear of the groove lie on the same diameter.

As with all Kipware® conversational options ... powerful machining toolpaths with complex machining operations can quickly and easily be created using simple keystrokes and inputs. One of the options available in shoulder grooving give the user the ability to specify how much material is to be removed from the rear face ... in essence pushing the rear face back as mush as desired. Other standard complex grooving options are included such as :
  1. Peck Grooving with Chip Break
  2. Peck Grooving with Complete Retraction
  3. Easily add CHAMFERS or RADII to one or both corners
  4. Select ROUGH and / or FINISH operations
KipwareT® OD Shoulder Grooving Option
KipwareT® ID Sholder Grooving Option
Version 17.3.0 with the new shoulder grooving option is shipping standard as of 01/12/15.

If you're using or considering limited, underdeveloped so called "wizards" ... we invite you to explore the Kipware® conversational system at

GO PRO ... BE A PRO ... with Kipware® conversational.

Kenney Skonieczny - President
Kentech Inc.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New KipwareT® Option in Development

Proud to say we are starting out the New Year with the same aggressive development as we have shown right along. On 1/7 we started development for (2) new options soon to be standard in KipwareT® - our conversational CNC programming software for turning.

These new options are for conversational programming of what we are referring to as "shoulder grooves" ... both on the OD and ID. These would be applicable for the type of groove where one face of the groove is up against a larger diameter than the opposite face of the groove. With many options available ... this fill-in-the-blank menu will have the capability to create fairly complex machining toolpaths from a variety of user inputs.

Stay tuned ... release is set for Friday ... 1/9/2015.

Kenney Skonieczny - President
Kentech Inc.

Don't Be Fooled by limited, under-developed, so-called G Code "Wizards" ...
Go Pro with Kipware® Conversational !!