Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 5:00 AM
GibbsCAM Link to Prove Initiative for Customer Assurance and Efficiency
MOORPARK, CA – September 5, 2012 – Cimatron limited (NASDAQ and TASE: CIMT), a leading provider of integrated CAD/CAM software solutions for the toolmaking and manufacturing industries, announced today that GibbsCAM®, its software for programming CNC machine tools, plays a leadership role in supporting phase one of the DMG/Mori Seiki standardization initiative. The new initiative will ultimately provide DMG/Mori Seiki customers a smooth and reliable flow of programming data from any CAM system to DMG/Mori Seiki machine controls. This will enable the full use of the features of DMG/Mori Seiki machines and controls without the need for custom post-processors or machine simulation models. The technology is based upon DMG/Mori Seiki's implementation of the standard APT (automatically programmed tool) language, with DMG/Mori Seiki extensions that are supported within GibbsCAM. DMG/Mori Seiki's initial focus during phase one is on its 3- to 5-axis machining centers and controls, with an ultimate goal of enabling the technology for all of its machines, including the most challenging multi-task machines. As new machines and machine functions are introduced, DMG/Mori Seiki and Gibbs will incorporate the new capabilities into their APT implementation.
This joint 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 postprocessor and simulation package for their CNC machine and 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 on their Mori Seiki machines.
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 or modifications to an existing post processor for the entire range of DMG/Mori Seiki machines supported. Furthermore, because these new APT extensions provide the ability to add functions beyond cutter location, CAD/CAM generated APT-CL files can incorporate additional data for set-up and simulation, such as coordinate systems, datum and offset positions, tool shapes, tool holder data and stock size. A GibbsCAM user programs a part in the same way as they are accustomed to doing so, but instead of running a GibbsCAM postprocessor, they generate a DMG/Mori Seiki-specific APT-CL file. Software tools provided by Mori Seiki in the Mori Seiki machine control then take this data and create the machine ready CNC code.
"We are very pleased to have been selected by DMG/Mori Seiki to assist with their effort in delivering a fully-integrated solution to customers, who will now be able to take immediate advantage of all the features of Mori Seiki machines and controls with GibbsCAM," said Robb Weinstein, Senior Vice President of Sales and Strategic Planning of Gibbs and Associates. "Our thirty years' experience in providing over 11,000 customized post processors and delivering hundreds of error-free post processors for the most complex Mori Seiki machines, as well as our meticulous attention in providing customers access to all of their machine-tool capabilities, made Gibbs the perfect choice for this initiative. We are proud of our role in DMG/Mori Seiki's effort and in delivering the CAM-representative portion."
DMG/Mori Seiki's ultimate goal is have all CAM system providers implement the DMG/Mori- Seiki APT implementation, which, when fully and accurately implemented, would eliminate the need for custom postprocessors or custom machine simulation models.
Parts programmed in GibbsCAM utilizing this technology using 3- to 5-axis machining centers will be highlighted at the International Machine Technology Show (IMTS 2012), September 10-15, 2012, at McCormick Place, Chicago, within the DMG/Mori Seiki USA exhibit, in booth S-8900. Gibbs and Associates will have its own exhibit, in booth E-3310.
About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM
For thirty years, Gibbs and Associates has been a leader in providing cutting edge CAD/CAM technology, while maintaining its signature ease-of-use and productivity. Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful is the guiding philosophy at Gibbs. Gibbs believes in empowering the NC programmer, machinist, and manufacturing engineer, not eliminating them. Gibbs' goal is to introduce manufacturers to new technologies and new ways of working that makes their machining easier and their businesses more profitable. To achieve this goal, Gibbs creates tools that are naturally intuitive, graphically interactive, extremely visual, associative, and just plain enjoyable to use. Gibbs provides a total quality solution with the service and support that successful customers require.
The current GibbsCAM product line supports 2- through 5-axis milling, turning, mill/turning, multi-task simultaneous machining and wire-EDM. GibbsCAM also provides fully integrated manufacturing modeling capabilities that include 2D, 2.5D, 3D wireframe, surface, and solid modeling. GibbsCAM is Compatible with Windows 7 and Certified for Windows Vista. GibbsCAM's data exchange capabilities are able to access the broadest range of native and industry standard CAD data formats. GibbsCAM is certified under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Program, is a Siemens Solution Partner Program-PLM for Solid Edge product, and is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Product. GibbsCAM is either offered or endorsed by a number of leading worldwide control and machine tool manufacturers, including GE Fanuc, Infimatic, Siemens, Doosan Infracore, Haas, Index, MAG Fadal, Mazak, Mitsubishi, Mori Seiki, and Tornos. Gibbs and Associates distributes its products worldwide through a network of international Resellers.
In January 2008, Gibbs and Associates merged with Cimatron Ltd., and is now operating as a wholly owned subsidiary. For more information about Gibbs and Associates and its CAM software packages, visit its web site (www.GibbsCAM.com) or call 1-800-654-9399 (outside of North America, call +1-805-523-0004).
With 30 years of experience and more than 40,000 installations worldwide, Cimatron Ltd., or Cimatron, is a leading provider of integrated, CAD/CAM software solutions for mold, tool and die makers as well as manufacturers of discrete parts. Cimatron is committed to providing comprehensive, cost-effective solutions that streamline manufacturing cycles, enable collaboration with outside vendors, and ultimately shorten product delivery time.
The Cimatron product line includes the CimatronE and GibbsCAM brands with solutions for mold design, die design, electrodes design, 2.5 to 5 axes milling, wire EDM, turn, mill-turn, rotary milling, multi-task machining, and tombstone machining. Cimatron's subsidiaries and extensive distribution network serve and support customers in the automotive, aerospace, medical, consumer plastics, electronics, and other industries in over 40 countries worldwide.
Cimatron's shares are publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the symbol CIMT. For more information, please visit Cimatron's web site at: http://www.cimatron.com.