Powerful capabilities including SolidWorks 2010 Interoperability, Plus Key Enhancements to Solids Machining and 64-bit Implementation

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 4:00 AM

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM®, software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, announced that GibbsCAM 2010 will be demonstrated at Booth #115 during the SolidWorks World 2010 Conference. The conference is being held from January 31 - February 3, 2010, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. This marks the twelfth consecutive year that Gibbs and Associates has participated at SolidWorks World.

The demonstrations will include GibbsCAM 2010's new feature enhancements along with GibbsCAM's powerful interoperability with SolidWorks 2010 allowing users to go "from model to metal in minutes." GibbsCAM, a SolidWorks Certified CAM Product, is able to work with SolidWorks designs in a number of different ways ensuring seamless interoperability between the two applications. The SolidWorks-to-GibbsCAM transfer add-in allows models to be directly transferred with a single menu selection within a SolidWorks session to GibbsCAM for NC programming."We aggressively develop and pursue technology to help customers achieve higher productivity with as much ease-of-use as possible," says Bill Gibbs, Gibbs and Associates company founder and president. "The Windows 7 operating system is all about making things easier, and that's what our software is designed to do for machinists and CNC programmers. So we are pleased with the result of our relationship with Microsoft, and proud to be one of the first to offer Windows 7 users fully compatible CAM software."

Key Enhancements to Solids Machining
New, More Capable Plunge Roughing – Integrated into the software, with the ability to calculate material removal strategies that accommodate carbide-inserted drills, which require special motion for no-drag retractions, while avoiding collision in tight or narrow areas.

Enhancements to Advanced 3D Machining – These include the addition of Hit Flats with specified tools for Pocketing, the ability to specify flatness tolerance in Flats Cut to ensure all desired "flat" areas are machined, locking Video: SolidWorks to GibbsCAM high feed rate for Shortest Route and Minimal Vertical retract styles, addition of Trim to Ramp Advance as a Contour option for waterline cuts, specifying surface finish with step-over distance or scallop height parameters, and using Stock Bounding Box as an additional machining boundary.

Addition of Option for Stock – Facet bodies, generated from a previous machining process, or brought in through a data file, can now be used as initial stock in solid pocketing.

64-bit Implementation
A significant development, the 64-bit implementation allows taking advantage of the more powerful, multi-processor PCs equipped with 4GB or more of RAM. This provides tighter interoperability with 64-bit CAD systems that are co-resident with GibbsCAM on a PC. Also, 64-bit operation reduces computation time when processing extremely long programs or working with complex geometry. It will also enable users to take advantage of system enhancements when running under the Windows 7 operating system.

With these seamless capabilities, SolidWorks parts can be manufactured without fear of losing valuable geometric information. In addition, GibbsCAM's associativity accommodates design revisions, an everyday occurrence in the design/manufacturing process. SolidWorks users who need to machine their parts will find that GibbsCAM is a simple and powerful solution. Going from model to metal just doesn't get any easier.

For more information about GibbsCAM and the GibbsCAM 2010 release, or to locate your local GibbsCAM reseller, go to www.GibbsCAM.com, call 1-800-654-9399, or email info@GibbsCAM.com.