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  • 11.08.2021 - Looking for staff: software engineers and support stafff Open or Close

    We are looking for two software engineers to support and complete our team.

    You are the right candidate for the job, if you are interested in CNC technics, model construction, Maker projects as well as in professional automation. Preferably you are experienced in programming with Visual Studio, Embarcadero RAD-Studio and C++. Specific qualifications concerning Embedded, programming micro-controllers and fieldbus interface are also required. If you want to realize your know-how in our innovative team, please send us your full application by mail to application@lewetz.de. We offer an interesting and varied job in one of the leading tourist regions in Germany – on Lake Constance.

    Please contact us for specific job details by mail or phone without any obligation. We will be pleased to provide further detailed information.

  • 30.07.2021 - Video of WinPC-NC version 4 Open or Close

    Right in time to the introduction of the latest WinPC-NC version 4, one of our power users, UBO from UBO-CNC, captured in short on video the innovations of the user interface. We express our sincere thanks to UBO for this presentation and the excellent timing.

     

  • 28.07.2021 - WinPC-NC 4.0 Open or Close

    As of today, the new version 4 of our WinPC-NC control program is available and ready for delivery. Based on an intensive development period and extensive tests during more than 2,5 years and by integrating the latest technical and engineering know-how, we are pleased to present WinPC-NC ProfessionalWinPC-NC USBWinPC-NC Light with nc100 adapter and WinPC-NC Starter in a new design together with innovations and improved features.

    Besides the well-known user interface of version 3, version 4 provides advanced settings with permanent side panel for direct machine operation and set-up as well as a touch screen optimized view with a new operational concept.

    WinPC-NC touch-optimized user interface

     

    WinPC-NC classic view with new side panel

    Here are the most important new features:

    • New and consistent buttons with clearly defined symbols
    • New button layout for easy and user-friendly handling
    • Optionally 3 different views according to the individual requirements: standard view version 3, standard view with side panel for direct operation of axes and a touch screen optimized view with a new layout of the user interface
    • Individually definable styles for personalizing the user interface
    • Real-time display with current feed rate and spindle speed
    • 2D-CAM functions with radius compensation and start distance
    • Recently used files can be directly activated via mouse or touch click
    • Saving last position
    • Precise homing
    • Spindle warm up function
    • New and substantially revised manual
    • New and enormously enhanced technology functions
    • Improved contouring control system
    • And much more besides

    Detailed information concerning the new functions and descriptive illustrations can be obtained as PDF for download here.

    The update can be directly ordered by a click here in our german online shop. Otherwise the update can be ordered via e-mail at info@lewetz.de. Subsequently the update is available by a download link including set-up instructions and information on features of the new version. Please note: The previous or existing software is compatible to the new version and parallel operation does not cause any trouble. Personalized parameters can be easily transferred via profile after installation without the necessity of being set up again. Detailed information on parameter transfer can be obtained in the category HowTo with WinPC-NC as PDF for download.

  • 18.05.2021 - Customized solutions with WinPC-NC and other components, e. g. CNC machine with 4 Z-axes Open or Close

    Despite various options concerning parameter settings and potential applications of our standard products, we are sometimes contacted by customers regarding specific applications. In the last years we managed to satisfy most of these inquiries by creating customized solutions with minimum efforts and by extending our standard products. Generally, it concerns specific positioning and production procedures with path-controlled mechanics and CNC machines or it is intended to integrate them into a sophisticated complete system.

    For integrating path-controlled motions or CNC operation into a production process, we standardly provide some options for synchronization. The spectrum ranges from control commands concerning operation, automated background processing up to the programming interface of our WinPC-NC Professional axis controller.

    We are pleased to present in short some of our latest projects in order to outline additional options of our standard products WinPC-NC and WinPOSI and to illustrate the variety of functions for realizing individual projects.

     

    CNC control unit with four Z-axes

    We developed and manufactured a complete control system with 8 motor drivers for a CNC machine with four Z-axes based on the approved and tested CNCMAX. For this control unit we produced an intelligent board which manages administrative tasks and the change-over of different Z-axes. Synchronization of the individual Z-axes, inclusively homing and selection is comfortably made by macros which are applicable in many cases in WinPC-NC. Each of the four Z-axes are equipped with various tools and can be used fully automatically within a job.

     

    Industry 4.0 projects with integration of the WinPC-NC system to higher-level control systems

    In the last years there was a constant increase of projects which have been realized by using the well-known keywords Industry4.0 and interconnection of production. This means integration of CNC operation into a complex job process. Applications comprise the automatic feeding, external production steps and specific host applications for individual processes and customer machines.

     

    Laser cabin with laser marker

    Recently we supplied a position controller and control interface for a laser cabin intended for automatic marking of single components. The used laser is equipped with a reflecting mirror for covering independently a wide workspace. The supplied unit controls the communication between laser control and position and moves along the defined positions according to the program settings. Due to simple programming with plaintext commands and non-cryptic G codes it is quite easy to refine or customize the products later on – and this is explicitly requested.

     

    Are you interested in customized solutions for realizing specific projects?

    Do you have to manage positioning tasks or intend to centralize various operational steps and create an all-in-one concept?

    Do you wish any further information on the presented projects according to your requirements?

    Please send a mail to Info@Lewetz.de by indicating basic information on your system and version. We would be pleased to submit a customized solution as soon as possible.

  • 09.04.2021 - Current version as update Open or Close

    Sometimes we are faced with queries and reports concerning irregularities with previous versions. In most cases we managed to eliminate these failures before the request and ask our customers to download the current version of the update.

    Therefore we kindly ask you, to check our homepage from time to time for new versions in the category Service-Downloads.

    Updates within the major versions V2.xx or V3.xx are still available for free and can be easily loaded and set up by oneself. Brief instructions are always available in the README file.

    In WinPC-NC the actual used version is indicated in the “Help” menu ‘About WinPC.NC’.

  • 18.02.2021 - Adapter for signal adaption Open or Close

    We provide a varity of signal adapter to adjust the signals to extern components for different applications. The adapters are optionally available with DIN rail mount kit.

     

    Adapter-C

    Junction of clock pulse signals and directional signals may be required for retrofitting Mach3 control units

    SMC-Adapter

    Conversion of clock pulse signals and directional signals into current application pulse for common SMC stepper motor cards

    Double axis
    board

    Controlling parallel arranged X or Y axes with automatic alignment on two
    separate reference switches

    PWM-Adapter

    Conversion of the PWM signal into a real analog signal 0-5V or 0-10 V

    Adapter-422

    Conversion of simple clock pulse signals and directional signals into difference signals according to RS422

    Boost-Adapter

    Amplifying all output signals up to 50mA, alternatively with level for 24V power stage outputs

    Most of these adapters are combinable and can be plugged in a row. Please do not hesitate to contact us for your specific requirements. We are gladly prepared to assist you in realizing your individual projects.

  • 17.12.2020 - Merry Christmas Open or Close

    We wish all partners, clients and friends merry christmas after this challenging year 2020 and a good start into the new year 2021.

    Our office is closed from the 21th december to the 6th january. Your e-mail requests will be answered as soon as possible during this time.

    Burkhard Lewetz und Team

  • 21.09.2020 - Customer Application glass cutting with tangential knife Open or Close

    A customer from Russia uses our WinPC-NC software to control his new glass cutting machines.
    The video shows a test run in a mirror production facility with mirrors in different shapes.

    WinPC-NC controls the 3 cartesian axes and the tangential knife to cut the glas plates. The plates can be cutted in different shapes from simple DXF drawings with more than 1m/sec speeds.
    To improve the cutting result WinPC-NC controls a special liquid with its powerfull macro functions before the tangential knife is moving.

    After the automatic cutting process the mirrors are seperated and sorted by hand.

     

  • 16.04.2020 - New function board SMC800/1500, WinPC-NC with SMC power stages Open or Close

    Please note that previous versions of WinPC-NC could use SMC signals as well as the common clock pulse interface and directional interface for controlling power stages concerning the communication between CNC control and stepper motor power stages. The current versions WinPC-NC USB and WinPC-NC Professional do not support these old SMC signals automatically.

    In the past SMC signals have often been used and there are still some mail order houses or specific shops where power stages can be purchased. SMC800 and SMC1500 from the Emis company are well-known examples for SMC power stages.

    Up to now these users have been forced to replace the SMC power stage and to use a power stage with integrated clock pulse signal and directional signal, if they wanted to use another version of WinPC-NC or after loading an update. Our Step3S is perfectly made up for replacing SMC stepper motor power stages and provides some additional features and benefits.

    As we are always focused on best support of our customers, we developed a specific adapter, called SMC800/1500 adapter. This adapter is especially designed for users with SMC stepper motor cards and it allows a change to current versions of WinPC-NC without the necessity of purchasing a new stepper motor driver card. This device is available since this year. The adapter converts the clock pulse signals and directional signals into SMC signals. Additionally, the adapter provides terminals for 5 digital inputs of the 25pin interface of WinPC-NC, and, for example, it is possible to connect reference switches or height sensors.

    The SMC800/1500 adapter is plugged between the 25pin interface of the WinPC-NC hardware and the 25pin connector of the SMC stepper motor driver card.

    Contrary to the SMC800/1500 stepper motor cards which merely can be used by an input frequency of 5kHz, the SMC adapter allows independent and individual step resolution. By defining the number of steps per revolution of 200, 400 and 800, the user can define and obtain the perfect setting between rapid speed and position.

  • 16.12.2019 - Merry Christmas and perfect start into the new year Open or Close

    Happiness is the only thing that doubles when you share it.

     

    We wish alle clients, partners and friends merry christmas and a perfect start into the new year 2020.

    Please note that our office is closed from 23th december to the 6th january. During that time we are trying to answer your requests fast via e-mail.

    Burkhard Lewetz

     

  • 30.11.2019 - New Functions for WinPC-NC Open or Close

    New version 3.40 of WinPC-NC has some brand new functions and a lot of minor fixes:

    • In 2D-CAM functions you can define aproach and leaving vectors for found contours.

     

    • Also in 2D-CAM there is an option to compensate a dragging knife offset for cutting foil.

       

     

    •  Controlling of different laser heads now is much more accurate and reliable if PWM signal is used
  • 12.08.2019 - WinPC-NC Version 3.40/29 is ready for download Open or Close

    We have just published the revised WinPC-NC version 3.40 in the download center. This version provides further remarkable improvements for cutting and engraving lasering processes. Detailed information concerning the individual amendments can be obtained after each update in the menu ‘HelpThis is new' in the WinPC-NC main menu.

    As described here, you can proceed as usual for updating to the current version. Those customers who already utilize version 3.xx can directly load and use the update.

    Customers who are still using the old version 2.xx but are interested in the advantages of version 3 can contact us via E-Mail for obtaining detailed information concerning the corresponding update from version 2 to 3. In order to provide complete and correct information please indicate your appropriate WinPC-NC serial number.

  • 30.07.2019 - New function boards for analog signals and for controlling double drives for one axis Open or Close

    With version WinPC-NC Professional, which is conceived for industrial use, it is possible for some time to control two drives synchronously for one axis direction. Furthermore, it is possible to generate a pure 0-10V analog signal due to expansion card EA160802 and Step 3S-card. Now we have also succeeded in realizing both functions for our other products by the PWM5V/10V board and the double axis board via an external hardware. Thus, these functions can also be used in WinPC-NC Light and WinPC-NC USB.

     

    Both boards are conceived for being plugged in between the USB hardware and the machine electronics. This means less wiring complexity. Due to various options concerning configuration and a detailed description the corresponding in- and outputs on the board can be individually allocated to unassigned input and output pins. Thus it is not necessary to make any changes concerning the actual wiring or assignment and it is quite easy to upgrade these functions.

    The signals for the individual functions can directly be connected on the board via integrated plug.

    For further information please have a look at the manual which can be downloaded by the link below.

    PWM-5V/10V board german manual (english manual will be available soon)

    Double axis board

    Current prices for the individual version can be found in the category ‘Accessories”.

  • 02.05.2019 - The new FILOU NC20 and Update Open or Close

    With immediate effect a new version of the mostly used CAM program is available. It is called FILOU NC20 and it is highly popular among WinPC-NC users. Besides new functions, FILOU NC20 also provides an updated user interface with new icons and it makes quite an impression concerning many optimizations. A 30-day demo version is ready for download in the download center.

    The new functions of FILOU NC 20 are indicated below:

    • Thread-milling

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    • Countersink-milling

       
    • Face-milling
    • Oscillating along the contour
    • Milling bridges during contouring
    • ...and much more besides

    Please note our price quotation including special discounts for updates from the old version to the latest version. This offer is valid until 31.05.2019.

    • We offer a free update for all versions acquired after 01.07.2018. Please use our contact form or send us an e-mail indicating your complete address as stated at the time of purchase of Filou NC 16.
    • Concerning old licences you can benefit from a 20 % discount for updating to the latest version of FILOU C20.
    • You can benefit from a 50 % discount until 31.05.2019 on the upgrade price for ordering an advanced version.

     

    System requirements:

    • FILOU NC20 has been developed by Windows 10.
    • Starting from Windows VISTA all other versions of Windows can be used.
    • Support of Windows Tablet computers with touchscreen.
    • 3D graphics requires OpenGL.
    • Individual postprocessors of NC12 and NC16 can be further used.
    • Filou NC20 can be installed in parallel to former versions.
  • 26.04.2019 - WinPC-NC Version 3.40/05 is now available Open or Close

    We published a new revision of WinPC-NC Version 3.40 today. The update can be loaded and installed like usual. You can find some detailled information of how to update you current installation here. The update can be loaded directly to all computers, which have already a running WinPC-NC version 3.xx installed.

    The new functions of version 3.40 will be described more detailled in the how to section soon.

    If you are stil using an old version 2.xx, please do not hesitate to contact us by mail for more information about the update from version 2.xx to 3.xx. Please do not forget to send us your WinPC-NC serial number with your request.

     

  • 08.04.2019 - Actual changes and information concerning Handwheel/Pendant HR-10 Open or Close

    For more than 3 years we provide a very user-friendly and comfortable solution for operating the machine without the necessity of using a keyboard or a mouse – the handwheel HR-10. This high-quality product can easily be handled as it feels very comfortable in the user’s hand. Top quality and the high standard of durability can be guaranteed by the production here in Germany.

    Meanwhile it is unthinkable to use our testing machines without the handwheel, as operation can be extremely simplified. This is also confirmed by a repeated positive feedback.

     

    Please note: Due to higher purchase prices we are unfortunately forced to raise the selling price (gross) for the handwheel to 229,00 €, applicable from 16.04.2019. However, orders received before 15.04.2019 are charged with the previous price.

    Further information on the handwheel HR-10 can be obtained here.

  • 29.11.2018 - Customer application with cutting laser Open or Close

    As part of our discounted upgrade options to a more feature-rich version, it often happens that old WinPC-NC installation CDs have to be returned to us or destroyed. One of our customers sent us a nice and suitable for the cold season video in which he drives a cutting laser with his new WinPC-NC license.

     

  • 07.08.2018 - New functions for the operation of engraving and cutting lasers in WinPC-NC Open or Close

    As part of version 3.01, WinPC-NC offers new functions for a more comfortable use of an engraving or cutting laser. With these functions, the parameters which are heavily dependent on the material when working with a laser can now be easily and intuitively determined and stored.

    This saves time and costs by reducing first step failures.

    The example picture shows a 0.2mm thick self-adhesive foil which was processed with the laser functions in WinPC-NC.