kipware® companion applications
Kipware® Conversational is SO MUCH MORE than just programming !!
We used our 30+ years of experience living and working on the shop floor when we built Kipware® Conversational. As a result, we not only created the PREMIER PC based conversational programming applications, we also created many REAL WORLD companion applications.
Explore this page and the video links to check out all the REAL WORLD companion applications included STANDARD with ALL Kipware® full version conversational titles.
Kipware® SketchPad -- Simple CAD/CAM
A simple drawing application with DXF IMPORT for non-standard shape programming
While the conversational, fill-in-the-blank module is employed by Kipware® conversational for the G code programming of standard shapes … the included Kipware® SketchPad can be utilized for non-standard shapes.
SketchPad allows the user to either draw the toopath / shape directly or to import a DXF file created in any CAD program. Once the toolpath / shape is created or imported … the SketchPad uses conversational, fill-in-the-blank forms to gather inputs and then create the desired G code program.
SketchPad’s patent-pending and unique MACHINIST MODE allows users to create ANY toolpath desired by simple moving the mouse … represented by a user defined cutting tool configuration. SketchPad CYCLES can be employed to make toolpath generation even easier.
The Kipware® SketchPad can be used to create cycles for non-standard shapes in conjunction with KipwareM® (milling) or KipwareT® (turning) … or as a stand-alone programming application to create G code independent of Kipware® conversational. SketchPad® also contain a powerful EDITOR making it a complete, stand-alone G code generator.
We invite you to fully explore the Kipware® SketchPad through our YouTube videos series … just click the link.
KipwareTP® - Editor & Toolpath Plotting Software
For 90 to 95% of CNC programming done everyday in the real world, programmers and operators are looking for a simple tool that will produce a simple plot to confirm their G code program. Developed by machinists for machinists KipwareTP® cuts to the chase to allow for simple plots and includes powerful, easy-to-use features if you want to go complex.
KipwareTP® is included standard and is an integral part of ALL Kipware® conversational titles, but can also be used as a stand-alone application. Plot any Kipware® conversational program or create your G code from scratch in KipwareTP® and view the plot to confirm.
With a full G code specific Editor … you can create your code form scratch or import a program and use re-sequencing, inch / metric conversion, X and Z axis reversal, color highlight and more. On Screen Measurement allows users to use the mouse to measure right on the screen.
Import DXF files as stock models … plot directly over a DXF file to see how the toolpath compares to the part.
Create a Cutting Tool Library with user defined tools and use them to plot. Uses handy machine like functions for plotting like : Single Block, Optional Stop, Block Delete, Selectable Plotting Speed, Selectable Tool Display. Need a more robust plotting option? We now offer EditNC as an add-on option. Scroll DOWN for more on EditNC We invite you to fully explore KipwareTP® and all its features through our YouTube series … just click the link below.
KipwareCSF® -- Speed & Feed Wizard
Consistency in the cutting parameters utilized in a G code program is a key factor to reaching full production quickly. Kipware ®conversational makes creating G code fast … and the included KipwareCSF® Speed and Feed Wizard makes including consistent speeds and feeds in those programs fast and easy.
Rather than basing speeds and feeds on pie-in-the-sky, never-attainable “recommendations”, KipwareCSF® allows users to build a database of cutting parameters based on your shop equipment’s capabilities and your shop floor’s inventory. Then KIpwareCSF® uses that database to auto-calculate realistic speeds and feeds and auto-inserts them into your G code creations.
KipwareTB® -- Machinist Toolbox Software
Wasting time on the shop floor searching for the “answer guy” or looking through charts and formulas reduces productivity. Smart shops now employ PC’s on the shop floor with applications that make finding the necessary information quick and easy. KipwareTB® is the PREMIER Shop Floor Assistant … and is included standard with ALL Kipware® conversational titles. Developed by machinists for machinists KipwareTB® not only includes all the formulas and conversions you need every day … it also includes these unique and powerful “real world” features :
- Conversational intersecting point and tangency point calculator … no need for CAD or drawing.
- Circle mill helper …. quickly generate G code for circle milling with tangent ramping entry and exit.
- Cutting TROUBLESHOOTERS for turning, milling and drilling … quickly get recommendations for common material cutting issues.
- Cutter Comp Calculator … calculate shift amounts for chamfers and radius without having to use the machines cutter comp. functions.
KipwareDNC® -- RS232 Communication Software
For older machines that do not have floppy, USB or smart card capabilities … we include KipwareDNC® serial communication software with ALL full Kipware® conversational titles.
KipwareDNC® enables users to UPLOAD and DOWNLOAD their Kipware® created G code between their CNC’s and a PC or laptop. Unlike other communication packages … there are NO restrictions in KipwareDNC®. This means that users can transfer programs … both upload and download … between an UNLIMITED number of machines.
Need a more robust DNC or drip feeding application ? … check out the optional EditNC application below.
KipwareXC® -- G Code Conversion Software
Because Post Processors are OLD SCHOOL and OBSOLETE.
We were so tired of the post processor madness used in the CAD/CAM model that when we designed and created Kipware® conversational we decided to break the mold for good. How ???
We designed Kipware® to automatically output G code formatted for any of the BIG three CNC controls (all available in one package and selectable by the user) … Fanuc … Okuma … Haas. Ninety-five percent of machine tool CNC controls are “fanuc compatible”. Rather than making users jump through hoops to create or buy “post processors” for other controls … we created a REAL WORLD tool … KipwareXC®.
KipwareXC® works with the G code program … that means that users can convert the standard Kipware® output … but also any G code file … whether created with Kipware® or not. This is a huge advantage for shops that contain multiple, different CNC controls on their shop floor. KipwareXC® allows those shops to make Kipware® compatible with ALL their machines … no “post processor” necessary … BUT to also use KipwareXC® to auto-convert their other G code program formats to make ALL their shop machinery operate seamlessly.
KipwareXC® is included STANDARD with Kipware® STUDIO … but is offered as an OPTION with KipwareM® and KipwareT®. However, the option price is heavily discounted from the individual title list price.
editNC -- Enhanced Editor & Plotter
The more tools in your G code programming arsenal … the more capable and productive you can be. Kentech Inc. is now pleased to offer a new tool to enhance your G code editing and toolpath plotting in the form of editNC.
Although KipwareTP® is a capable and extensive G code editor and toolpath plotter … for advanced users and G code programmers editNC can help get you to the next level with powerful G code editing and toolpath plotting features. Check out the details below.
- Edit and backplot G code programs including Fanuc and Okuma formatted G code.
- Backplot Fanuc and Okuma CANNED CYCLES
- Powerful Compare methods – text and graphical methods – optionally ignore formatting, sequence numbers, and comments.
- Enhanced serial download and upload applications
- File conversion – change arc types, convert between G-code, conversational, CL, and DXF
- Coordinate translation, rotation, scaling, and mirroring
- Easily split a file into multiple programs, sub-programs etc.
- Merge Programs – locates sub programs and merges files
- Supports Fanuc sub-programs, variables, and macros
- Sequence number maintenance
- Calculators designed for CNC programmers
- Parts families creation using Fanuc-like macro language
- Fast, usable, backplotting – query individual moves and set break points
- File analysis – Min/max values, cycle times, and more
- Powerful search capabilies designed for CNC programs
- Loads related files containing notes, listings, etc.
- Syntax-based coloring and fonts
- View-only options
- Automatically identifies and adapts to CNC program type