3 Reasons You Should Update to PathPilot v 1.9.10

Daniel Rogge PathPilot

Here at Tormach, we take a lot of pride in our efforts for continuous enhancement of our products. PathPilot, our control system, is no different. Last week we launched the newest version of PathPilot, v 1.9.10, and here are three reasons you should download the update.

USB IO Board

In the Status tab, we’ve added buttons to control the relay state of the USB IO board. These new buttons provide convenience in testing your USB I/O connections without resorting to using MDI commands to switch outputs on and off.

PathPilot USB IO

This idea of added automation often comes up when people are looking to integrate a vacuum table, shop-vac dust collector, mist coolant, or anything else that may help their manufacturing processes. Now, not only can you add those automations, but it’s easier to integrate them with PathPilot.

Even Better Conversational

In previous updates, we have added a lot of features to PathPilot’s conversational functionality. Adding the ability to edit G-code with conversational programming was quite popular – giving users the ability to rearrange and re-post previously generate G-code.

In this update, conversational enhancements include tweaks to facing/parting routines and threading routines on the lathe.

Conversational drilling or tapping on the mill has improved as well. You can now program up to 100 holes in conversational, more if you’re working with the circular feature.

Backing Things Up

PathPilot updates that you previously installed can be reverted to with the click of a button. This reduces your risk of downtime in trying out the newest version and eliminates the need to keep an older version of PathPilot on a USB drive as a backup when you’re updating to the newest version.

Bonus: Adding Images to Comment Lines

While this little gem was added in v 1.9.8, it is just too cool to not mention. You can add images to comment lines.

PathPilot Comment

If you tend to forget just how you flipped your part, you’re dealing with multiple setup workflows, or there are multiple people that may be running your program, this allows you to give a visual guide to keep things repeatable.   

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Chris Fox

Chris comes from a publishing background with years of experience in science, technology, and engineering publications. Previously an editor with Product Design and Development and Gizmag, he has a keen eye on the maker community and the changing landscape of the world of prototyping, product development, and small-scale manufacturing. Chris has been working with clients to create Tormach's customer success stories since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @TheChris_Fox

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