New Features and Enhancements Demonstrated in Exhibit #5429

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, announced today that it will demonstrate new enhancements to the 5-axis module of GibbsCAM 2009 at EASTEC 2009 in exhibit #5429, at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield, MA from May 19-21, 2009.

"The new features and enhancements within our 5-axis module provide greater flexibility and productivity in using multi-axis machines," says Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates. "The latest enhancements accommodate the increasing number of machinists who choose 5-axis machining to reduce set-ups and overall machining time and those manufacturers whose jobs require 5-axis strictly because of part geometry. In addition to the overall improvements, users will find that enhancements to the postprocessors extend support to drive all 5-axis machines with rotary heads."

The general machining capabilities of the GibbsCAM 5-axis Module are:

  • 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, 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
  • Integration with GibbsCAM Machine Simulation module for complete toolpath verification and simulation of all the machine's moving components

Latest GibbsCAM 5-Axis Exhibited at EASTEC 2009

Enhancements for 2009 Version 9.3

  • Additional tilting options for tool axis control, including tilt relative to impeller machining layer
  • Advanced options for gouge checking, to include or exclude selected segments of toolpath, enabling toolpath trimming before first collision and after last collision
  • New sorting options for better control of passes in roughing operations
  • Added ability to flip arcs on lead-in and lead-out for links
  • 5-axis work area angular axis limits
  • Roughing enhancements, including a redesign of the Translate/Rotate dialog with new options
  • New roughing option that changes cut direction with each pass
  • New options for spiral machining cutting method for surface path creation
  • New surface edge handling options for surface path creation
  • Improved impeller roughing with new options for toolpath trimming, extension, smoothing and depth of cuts
  • Adaptive cuts (for variable step-over cuts)
  • New Damp feature for toolpath control to inhibit tool motion along tool axis at or near corners

GibbsCAM 2009 5-axis is shipping throughout the first quarter of 2009, including the international version, with localized User Interface in seventeen languages and localized documentation in six of the seventeen supported languages.

For more information about GibbsCAM, the GibbsCAM 2009 release, the GibbsCAM 5-axis module, or to locate your local GibbsCAM reseller, go to, call 1-800-654-9399, or email [email protected].