Including New Feature-based Capabilities at IMTS 2010 – Streamlines Automatic Hole Making – Adds Attribute & Feature Definitions, Color Modes

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 5:00 AM

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, announced today that it will preview GibbsCAM 2011 enhancements to the automatic and feature-based programming capabilities of GibbsCAM at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), September 13-18, at McCormick Place, in Booth E-3810, where the Cimatron Group will also highlight its CimatronE CAD/CAM suite.

New Features Simplify and Speed Up CNC Programming and Extend Interoperability
Gibbs to Preview GibbsCAM 2011
Experienced users and those new to GibbsCAM will find demonstrations of the following new GibbsCAM 2011 capabilities very useful in understanding them and appreciating their value:

New Auto Wizard within Hole Manager – Will allow storing default settings for reuse at any time, and the Auto Wizard button will allow invoking the Hole Wizard multiple times quickly. Using the streamlined Hole Manager options, users will be able to take a part with hundreds of holes and, in just three mouse clicks, auto-recognize and program them all.

Attribute Manager & Feature Manager New tagging capabilities open the door to querying, creation, modification, sorting and filtering of elements and element sets by user-defined and system metadata tags, called attributes. When importing models, GibbsCAM users will be able to control whether and how to import attributes and geometry. Users can define features of any kind, by grouping feature geometry or grouping elements that share a specified attribute. Entities defined as features, or otherwise tagged with attributes, can be visually identified and isolated for manipulation, copying or machining.

Color Modes – When a part contains user-defined features, or when any of its elements are tagged with a color attribute, users will be able to switch among color modes: the traditional Gibbs Color mode; the new Feature Color mode to distinguish user-defined features; and various User Color modes to distinguish and select elements by their color attributes.

New Hole Capabilities – will be included for selecting, recognizing and drilling holes. Several new Variable Peck cycles and various options for user defined Custom Drill cycles will be available, and a new check box will enable reverse-order drilling. Hole Features will be selectable by face (or set of faces), or by coordinate system to which the Hole Feature is aligned. Also, a Hole Feature will be selectable by picking any of the hole's interior faces. Automatic Feature Recognition will automatically recognize entities that resemble holes, when a user specifies a face (or set of faces) or coordinate system.

Imported Feature and Color Recognition/Preservation – In opening models from SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, and other major CAD/CAM packages, GibbsCAM will now read model attributes, then recognize and preserve them as attributes in the GibbsCAM part file. Colors will be preserved as CAD colors in the part file, and hole features in the model will be interpreted as hole features recognizable and usable by Hole Manager and its Auto Wizard. For more information about GibbsCAM, or to locate your local GibbsCAM reseller, call 1-800-654-9399, or email info@GibbsCAM.com. Information about GibbsCAM is also available at the company's website, www.GibbsCAM.com.