Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010 5:00 AM

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, announced today that GibbsCAM will be demonstrated as part of Haas Automation's annual Demo Days held June 9th at numerous Haas Factory Outlets (HFOs) throughout the United States including:

  • Birmingham, AL | Barber Motorsports Museum
  • Little Rock, AR | HFO Little Rock
  • Tempe, AZ | Ellison Machinery
  • Torrance, CA | HFO Torrance
  • Union City, CA | Selway Machine Tool Company
  • Denver, CO | Moncktons Machine Tools Inc.
  • Windsor, CT | HFO Trident
  • Meridian, ID | King Machine, Inc.
  • Chicago, IL | HFO Chicago
  • Indianapolis, IN | HFO Midwest
  • Kansas City, KS | HFO Kansas City
  • Colfax, NC | HFO Greensboro
  • Fairport, NY | HFO Rochester
  • Broken Arrow, OK | Timco Machine Tools, Inc.
  • Nashville, TN | HFO Nashville
  • Austin, TX | Champions Machine Tool
  • Houston, TX | Champions Machine Tool
  • Brookfield, WI | Gosiger, Inc.

"I've known Haas since before they made CNC machines," said Bill Gibbs, Gibbs and Associates company founder and president. "Gibbs has been supporting Haas customers, and Haas corporate as a customer, ever since.  It's rather amazing what Haas has grown into today, simply the leading manufacturer of CNC machines in the world.  We at Gibbs are proud to maintain our support of Haas by participating in their Demo Days events."

GibbsCAM to be Demonstrated at Haas Demo DaysThe one-day Demo Days events will feature the latest affordable, super-high-production CNC machines from Haas, including the redesigned VMCs and new ST-series turning centers, with live demonstrations on every machine in the HFO showrooms. Live demonstrations of GibbsCAM 2010 will be showcased, showing how easily it creates efficient CNC programs for Haas machine tools. The GibbsCAM Advanced 3D High Speed Machining (HSM) and 5-Axis modules will be featured, together with post-processors that support all Haas machine tools. Additional GibbsCAM modules will be demonstrated, including GibbsCAM TMS (Tombstone Management System), which was originally developed to support Haas' internal tombstone programming needs with an efficient layout and programming method for tombstone-fixtured parts.

The Advanced 3D HSM module comprises multiple machining methods specifically developed for multi-surface hard milling and high speed machining in SolidSurfacer®. This feature provides high quality surface finishes that reduce or eliminate the need for polishing. The various machining styles are useful for multiple applications and offer smooth entries, exits and cutting motions, with steep or shallow angle limits, rest machining, tool-holder collision checking, and options for changing cutting style. These styles include Contour, Constant Step Over Cut, Flats Cut, Lace Cut, Intersections, Automatic Core Detection, and enhanced Pocketing routines.

The GibbsCAM 5-axis Module provides multi-surface 5-axis roughing and finishing; multi-surface, 5-axis, flow-line machining; surface edge 5-axis swarf cutting (typically for trimming vacuum-formed parts); adaptable interface, based upon part-type strategy, which shows only what is needed; advanced gouge checking to ensure safe cuts even in most complex operations; complete control of entry, exit, cut-to-cut and between-cut motion; 5-axis depth cuts machining; and integration with the GibbsCAM Machine Simulation module for complete toolpath verification and simulation of all of the machine's moving components.

For more information about GibbsCAM and GibbsCAM participation at the Haas Demo Days, or to locate your local GibbsCAM reseller, go to www.GibbsCAM.com, call 1-800-654-9399, or email info@GibbsCAM.com.