Enhancements introduce support for turning operations to existing milling simulation.

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM, software for programming CNC machine tools, announced today that they will be introducing the GibbsCAM Machine Simulation option at WESTEC 2007 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on March 26th – 29th, 2007. This capability which complements GibbsCAM Cut Part Rendering process simulation functionality, allows for entire machine tool motion of a CNC program to be validated in an accurate simulation.

"As machine tools become more and more complex, the need for an accurate simulation of the machine tool motion become more and more critical," states Bill Gibbs, president and founder of Gibbs and Associates. "The latest class of multi-tasking machine tools represent just the beginning for machine tool complexity and configurability. We fully expect that multi-tasking machine tools will continue to evolve and place even more extreme requirements on programming systems. The foundation that we've put in place with GibbsCAM will allow it to keep pace with this evolution."

Multi-task machine tools represent one of the fastest growing machine tool segments in the market. Multi-task machine tools have become so popular primarily due to their ability to fully machine a wide variety of parts entirely within their working space without human intervention. Today, Gibbs and Associates has formed key partnerships with a number of machine tool vendors, which are focusing on multi-tasking as part of their strategic market position, such as Index, Matsuura, Mazak, Mori Seiki, and Nakamura Tome.

The updated version of GibbsCAM Machine Simulation being demonstrated at WESTEC adds support for turning, mill/turn and multi-task machine tools to the previous version which supported milling machine tools. Machine tools models can be built and setup like the real machine tool, then the CNC program is simulated to validate it prior to running the CNC program on the actual machine tool. Not only does this allow potential programming errors to be visually identified before they become very expensive mistakes out on the shop floor, but program inefficiencies can also be recognized and addressed.

WESTEC visitors can stop by the company's booth, #3268, to see first hand the GibbsCAM Machine Simulation option being demonstrated along with the latest productivity enhancements available in the latest version of GibbsCAM.