First results of partnership between Kubotek USA & Gibbs and Associates

Thursday, Oct 25, 2007 5:00 AM

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools, and Kubotek USA, creators of geometry-based KeyCreator® CAD software, announced today that they have teamed to develop integrations linking Kubotek's KeyCreator software with GibbsCAM. A newly developed one-button interface allows models to be sent directly to GibbsCAM from within a KeyCreator session with the touch of a single button. Additionally, GibbsCAM now has the ability to directly read models from the KeyCreator CKD file format. Both capabilities were demonstrated at the Kubotek Americas Reseller Conference earlier this month.

Since KeyCreator's inception, Kubotek USA has maintained a primary focus of empowering manufacturers with innovative tools and processes allowing them to be more productive and efficient in the manufacturing environment. This complements Gibbs' focus on GibbsCAM's industry leading of ease-of-use and learning. Kubotek USA continues to focus on developing powerful, direct modeling CAD design tools that use a geometry-based format. This empowers manufacturing engineers with the ability to modify and prepare designs for manufacturing, without having to repeat a structured or "parametric history-based" formal design process, which could add significant time to the process. Gibbs' on-going development continues to advance the state of manufacturing technologies, while maintaining a commitment to production efficiency.

Robert Bean, Executive VP of Kubotek USA comments; "So many CAD companies view their products from a design-only perspective, without regard to CAM or an understanding of the manufacturing process. Kubotek USA embraces the manufacturing engineer, looking through their eyes at their problems with real solutions for what they need to get accomplished…making parts. KeyCreator is a power tool for manufacturing engineering."

With breakthrough data exchange, able to handle data from any source, and powerful model editing technologies, which combines the power of 3D solid modeling, surfacing, drafting, and layout capabilities, KeyCreator supports the full art-to-part process. KeyCreator allows users to quickly and efficiently translate a design, suppress features of the design and prepare shop floor documentation in order to keep the production line running. In-process shapes and any geometry needed to support CAM can be sent to GibbsCAM.

"In order to stay current with the latest versions of CAD applications, we continually update GibbsCAM's data interoperability capabilities," states Bill Gibbs, Founder and President of Gibbs and Associates. "KeyCreator is an excellent PC-based design tool, but the capabilities introduced with the latest version of KeyCreator are directly applicable to manufacturing users. Using KeyCreator's feature discovery and manipulation technology, manufacturers can better prepare the design model for machining. The GibbsCAM/KeyCreator combination really makes for a cost effective, yet extremely powerful product development solution."

Peter McCutchen, Kubotek USA's VP of Strategic Partnerships, comments that "GibbsCAM users can be more efficient using KeyCreator. Now, anyone running GibbsCAM can take full advantage of the features and functionality of KeyCreator with either a simple, one-button transfer or direct read capability. Load them both up on the same PC, then modify CAD designs prior to passing it to GibbsCAM to create machining process and toolpath. It's that easy. If you operate GibbsCAM, you need KeyCreator."