KCam Support

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Table of Contents

  1. What is KCam software?

  2. Who developed KCam and how is it supported?

  3. What Operating Systems will KCam work on?

  4. What are the PC requirements for KCam to run properly?

  5. Does KCam do 3D milling or just 2D engraving and drilling?

  6. Why don't my Gerber files import properly?

  7. Why do I get errors when opening the Port Setup window?

  8. What G and M codes does KCam support?

  9. How do I make use of Cutter Compensation?

  10. How do I use FreeMill with KCam?

  11. How do I use DeskProto with KCam?


What is KCam software

KCam is shareware CNC software used for milling, drilling, engraving and cutting.  It has various import functions to convert cad files to Gcode for use in CNC equipment.

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Who developed KCam and how is it supported

I wrote it (Kelly Ullrich) and support it via email.  It is a midnight engineering venture that I enjoy.  I try to answer all questions sent to me.  At times I cannot keep up with the numerous requests, but I try to keep users who have purchased KCam happy.  I am steadily working on it adding features and trying to improve current features per users requests.  Most of what's in KCam now has been the result of worldwide users ideas and wishes.  To contact KellyWare with a question about KCam please use this page to begin KCam Support Contact.

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What Operating Systems will KCam work on?

KCam has been tested on Windows 98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7.  Its possible Operating Systems like Windows 95 and ME  may work, but they are not supported or recommended at this time.

*** Please do not ask for support for installations on operating systems that are not supported.  Since those operating systems are not tested it is not possible to diagnose issues resulting from their use.

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What are the PC requirements for KCam to run properly?

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

    Processor:                        Pentium 4 1Ghz

    Operating System:            Windows 98

    Memory:                          512 Meg of Ram

    Hard Drive space:            10 Meg of free space

    Screen Resolution:            1024x768 pixels

    Stepper Hardware:           3 axis parallel port step and direction motor drivers

RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS

    Processor:                        Pentium 4 2GHz or greater

    Operating System:            Windows XP

    Memory:                          2 Gig of Ram

    Hard Drive space:            10 Meg of free space

    Screen Resolution:            1024x768 or greater

    Stepper Hardware:           3 or 4 axis parallel port step and direction motor drivers with MaxStepper

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Does KCam do 3D milling or just 2D engraving and drilling?

Yes, KCam can do 3D milling.  You need to load the Gcode file into KCam from your CAM program.  KCam supports 4 full axis of motion.  The import functions of KCam only support 2 1/2 D motion for engraving, cutting and drilling.

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Why don't my Gerber files import properly?

The only Gerber file type KCam supports is RS274X.  KCam needs the built in aperture list to determine line and pad sizes.  Some PCB CAD programs don't have RS274X output and some don't add all apertures.  These PCB CAD packages will not produce a file KCam can read properly.

Tip:  It helps to rename your Gerber files to *.gbr for use in the recent file list.  If you open a file with an extension other than .gbr then KCam doesn't know its a Gerber file and uses the standard Gcode open  method.  Other extension will also work, but the first 2 characters must be "gb".  For example: *.gbr, *.gb1, *.gb2, *.gbs, *.gbc etc.

Tip:  I was using PCB Editor , but I recently switched to SuperPCB for developing PCB's.  They both work very well with KCam by exporting good RS274X files.

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Why do I get errors when opening the Port Setup Window?

Either the DLL file used for port I/O or another windows control file KCam needs is not properly registered or the version (date) is wrong.  This particular problem is frequent with non US systems and is under investigation.  Further information will be added when available.

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What G and M Codes does KCam support?

KCam supports G00, G01, G02, G03, G04, G40 ,G41 ,G42, G45, G73, G80, G81, G83, G90, G91.

KCam supports M01, M02, M03, M04, M05 and user defined M codes.

See the KCam Help file for updates.

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How do I make use of Cutter Compensation?

I have created a document explaining Cutter Compensation.  Cutter Compensation Example.doc

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How do I use FreeMill with KCam?

I have created a post processor file for FreeMill that is compatible with KCam.  KCam Free Mill Post Processor.spm

Save this text file in the FreeMill Posts directory along with the other Post Processor files.

Hint:  Right click on the Hyperlink and select "Save Target As..." in the pop up menu. Browse to your "Program Files\MecSoft Corporation\FreeMill\Posts" folder.

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How do I use DeskProto with KCam?

I have created a post processor file for FreeMill that is compatible with KCam.  KCam_Desk_Proto_Post_Processor.ppr

Save this text file in the DeskProto Driver directory along with the other Post Processor files.

Hint:  Right click on the Hyperlink and select "Save Target As..." in the pop up menu. Browse to your "Program Files\Desk Proto 3.1\Drivers" folder.

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