Friday, Feb 2, 2007 4:00 AM

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM®, software for programming CNC machine tools, announced that they will demonstrate the next generation of GibbsCAM and SolidWorks® interoperability at Booth #433 during the SolidWorks World 2007 Conference. The conference is being held from February 4th - 7th, 2007, at Morial Convention Centerin New Orleans, LA. Every year SolidWorks World brings together designers, engineers, managers, and partners to discuss ideas, trends, and the technology shaping the future of mechanical product development. This marks the ninth consecutive year that Gibbs and Associates has participated at SolidWorks World. GibbsCAM is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Product.

Using GibbsCAM's new macro capabilities, the information stored in SolidWorks' design tables can be directly accessed and utilized to automate creating CNC programs. If one or more values in the design table are modified, GibbsCAM can automatically make adjustments to the process and update the corresponding toolpath. This enhanced SolidWorks – GibbsCAM Interoperability approach is very effective for handling family of parts.

"We look forward to showing SolidWorks users just how easy it is to manufacture their parts with GibbsCAM," states Bill Gibbs, president and founder of Gibbs and Associates. "From job shops, to rapid prototyping environments, to in-house design/manufacturing groups, GibbsCAM provides the best value, best-in-class manufacturing solution for SolidWorks users. Going from model to metal just doesn't get any easier."

The new capability extends the existing ways GibbsCAM is currently able to work with SolidWorks. 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. GibbsCAM can also directly read native SolidWorks part or assembly files, including imported data, with the ability to select between various configurations. With these seamless capabilities, SolidWorks designs can be operated on without fear of losing valuable geometric information. And GibbsCAM's associativity accommodates design revisions, an everyday occurrence in the design/manufacturing process.

For more information about the SolidWorks World conference, go to www.SolidWorks.com/pages/swworld07.