DMG / MORI SEIKI Approved Post Processors for GibbsCAM to be shown at EMO

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 5:00 AM

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron (NASDAQ: CIMT) company, today announced completion of the GibbsCAM interface to the DMG / MORI SEIKI APT (automatically programmed tool) language implementation, after taking a role in the DMG / MORI SEIKI standardization initiative begun last year. The technology is based upon DMG / MORI SEIKI's implementation of standard APT with DMG / MORI SEIKI extensions that are supported within GibbsCAM. In concert with DMG / MORI SEIKI's initial focus, the GibbsCAM interface project began with 3- to 5-axis machining. Upon completion of that component, the GibbsCAM interface was further developed to encompass both turning and mill-turn requirements. Gibbs is working with DMG / MORI SEIKI to support MTM machines in a future release. To the GibbsCAM user, the interface is a simple output selection, with no further input requirement. It will be available for demonstration at the EMO Hannover Trade Show, in Hannover, Germany, September 16-21, 2013. The GibbsCAM exhibit is Hall 25, Stand G30.

The GibbsCAM interface, in combination with the DMG / MORI SEIKI post processor, enables the full use of features in DMG / MORI SEIKI machines and controls without the need for custom post processors or machine simulation models. As new machines and machine functions are introduced, DMG / MORI SEIKI and Gibbs will incorporate the new capabilities into their APT implementation. GibbsCAM users program a part in the same way as they are accustomed to doing so, but instead of running a GibbsCAM post processor, they select the DMG / MORI SEIKI interface, and with a single mouse click, generate a DMG / MORI SEIKI -specific APT-CL file. The Manufacturing Suite Post Processor software provided by DMG / MORI SEIKI take this data and create the machine ready NC code.

Gibbs and Associates' implementation of APT with DMG / MORI SEIKI extensions now provides output that customers can accurately post process, simulate, and execute without the need for a new post processor or modifications to an existing post processor for the entire range of machines that the DMG / MORI SEIKI APT implementation supports.  

Background:
DMG / MORI SEIKI's goal is to have all CAM system providers implement the DMG / MORI SEIKI APT implementation, which, when fully and accurately implemented, would eliminate the need for custom post processors or custom machine simulation models. The ultimate goal is for DMG / MORI SEIKI customers to have a smooth and reliable flow of programming data from any CAM system to DMG / MORI SEIKI machine controls. The project is intended to address one of the main challenges that CAD/CAM and machine-tool users often face: the need for a new post processor and machine model for each of their machines. Currently, when a customer purchases a new CNC machine or a new CAM system for use with an existing CNC machine, they need to work with both the machine tool vendor and the provider of their CAM system to implement a customized post processor and machine simulation model to fully program and simulate the capabilities of their machine. This process can sometimes be much longer than expected or desired, especially when the project requires the collaboration of two suppliers that do not always have the same level of detailed knowledge and understanding of each other's products. In this new approach, the CAD/CAM vendor outputs DMG / MORI SEIKI-specific APT data and DMG / MORI SEIKI provides a post processor and simulation package for their CNC machine, thereby eliminating the need for each CAM provider to develop a custom post processor and machine model. With this approach, users will be able to start cutting parts immediately after sending the DMG / MORI SEIKI APT-CL file to the Manufacturing Suite software product which would then generate NC code based on the post processors developed by DMG / MORI SEIKI.