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One interface. Multiple uses. GibbsCAM grows with you.
GibbsCAM is organized as a single application. When you add options, you are not forced to learn a new interface. Instead, all options are integrated into the familiar, user-friendly interface. The software is configured for your initial requirements and expanded as your needs grow. We protect your investment in both software and training.
Full 2-Axis Programming
GibbsCAM Production Turning provides a full range of functionality to define processes for efficiently machining 2-axis parts from wireframe geometry.
Graphical Tool Definition
The GibbsCAM Production Turning graphical user interface displays the user key dimensions so you can create error-free tooling easily. It supports a wide variety of predefined tool types and user-defined form tools.
Start/End Point Control
With GibbsCAM Production Turning, you have complete control over where you initially position the tool to start machining to where you finish machining. Automatically generate approach extensions if the tool is started off the machined profile.
Advanced Roughing Routines
GibbsCAM Production Turning provides a full range of roughing routines like turn roughing cycles for plunge roughing with automatic shoulder stroking and pattern shift roughing with constant path and constant step over choices.
GibbsCAM Production Turning maintains an awareness of remaining stock material to calculate entry/exit and toolpath moves automatically, which reduces programming time and eliminates air-cutting. Knowing the location of the remaining stock enables the system to define rapids that avoid material automatically.
Tool Approach Control
With GibbsCAM Production Turning, you can define toolpaths so the tool cuts in both forward and reverse directions or in one direction only. No tool dragging automatically calculates optimal cutting toolpaths, so the tool always cuts in a forward insert direction.
Canned Cycle Support
Production Turning provides support for a wide range of canned cycles like face, OD/ID and casting canned-cycles for roughing and finishing operations, and most drill-type cycles.
GibbsCAM Production Turning includes a built-in library for all popular thread form data so you can program threads quickly and accurately.
Entry-Level Solids Support
Solid models are more and more common in manufacturing as a source data type. Solid models provide more accurate geometry than other formats, which reduces errors. GibbsCAM solids-based options are built on the Solids Import option. If you are ready to step up to solids, Solids Import provides basic support to machine solid models in an easy-to-use environment so that you can ease into solids.
Native Parasolid Support
Solid models are available in a wide variety of formats, from industry standards like STEP, to CAD-system-specific formats, to kernel modeler formats. GibbsCAM Solids Import supports Parasolid files, a kernel modeler format widely used by numerous popular CAD systems like Siemens Solid Edge® and SOLIDWORKS®. Sharing a common modeling kernel ensures that you can read CAD models in Parasolid format directly into GibbsCAM and then view and manipulate them. Build your solids-based technology on a solid foundation.
Solid models provide a more complete representation than wireframe or surface models, which allows them to render more accurately. You can choose from a variety of solids display modes. You can orient your view dynamically while also providing quick access to standard views with the innovative GibbsCAM virtual trackball. Get a solid view of what you are machining.
Extracting Geometry from Solids
Solid models contain both wireframe and surface geometry for the richest amount of geometric data. And solid models ensure accurate edge geometry between surfaces. With GibbsCAM Solids Import, you can extract a solid model’s wireframe geometry, which corresponds to the edges of a part, and directly machine from it. Or, if necessary, you can modify the extracted geometry before you machine it. Take advantage of solid model accuracy.
Sometimes, where you want to machine is not necessarily defined by an existing edge. With GibbsCAM Solids Import, you can generate wireframe geometry by cutting the solid with a plane. You can then machine or further manipulate the resulting geometry. Get solid capability built on solids technology.
Foundation for Solids-Based Options
Solids introduce a whole new range of capabilities from data exchange, to visualization, to machining, to verification. With GibbsCAM Solids Import, you can choose to add additional capabilities seamlessly, which further expands your solids-based technology. Read in CAD data in other solid formats like ACIS files, CATIA V4 or V5, Pro/ENGINEER, and STEP AP203 or AP214. Grow at your own pace while you protect your investment.
Powerful Solid Modeling
Whether you import solid models from a CAD system, create your own from scratch, or modify an imported solid to create a manufacturable version, GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids provides a full range of solid modeling functionality with advanced functionality like history trees to support you. And its industry-leading ease-of-use makes working with solids straightforward and easy-to-understand. With its powerful solid modeling tools, you can take full advantage of solid modeling technology.
Importing and Repairing Surface Models
Even with the transition to solids, CAD systems still generate surface models that must be imported and machined. With GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids, you can read in surface models and then repair any problems that you encounter with a broad range of surface modeling tools. And you can create your own surfaces for machining. If you still work with surface models, GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids can still cut your jobs and provide a great migration path to solids-based machining.
With GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids, you do not have to start with solid models to take advantage of solids-based machining. Automatically stitch surface models, whether imported or created, together to create solid models that can then be further modified with the GibbsCAM solid modeling tools or machined directly. Access the tools you need to transition from surface-based to solids-based CAM.
Directly Machining 2.5D Solids
Not only do solid models provide considerable advantages during design, but they also offer many advantages during machining. GibbsCAM developed machining functionalities so that users can machine solids directly and take advantage of the additional information available in solids, which results in improved performance, reliability, and efficiency.
Solids Positioning Tools
Since solid models are the main building block within GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids, it supplies powerful positioning tools so you can position and orient solids quickly, easily, and precisely. Not only are these tools extremely useful when modeling a single part made up of multiple pieces, but they can streamline setting up part models in fixturing significantly. Focus on how things need to be placed, not how to calculate the rotations and transformations to get them there.
Identifying the manufacturable features in a part is a common starting point for a program. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids includes the Profiler, an innovative interface that interactively defines features like bosses, slots, and pockets. Unlike automatic feature recognition, the Profiler gives you complete control over the geometric elements that are included in a feature. The Profiler can also derive geometry interactively for machining. Its robust, feature-based machining provides you with powerful programming tools.
Automatic Feature Recognition (Holes)
Hole-making occupies close to 80 percent of machining time with most production machining jobs. Holes also represent a significant amount of programming time in production parts. Fortunately, holes are also fairly well-behaved features in solid models. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids provides an automatic feature recognition (AFR) capability that identifies holes along with their position and orientation and also determines various hole aspects (chamfer, counter-sink/bore, bottom condition) based on the hole's geometry. Leverage the AFR capability to improve your hole-making efficiency and quality.
Streamline hole-making productivity and improve overall quality. With hole-making occupying close to 80 percent of production parts’ machining time, how you identify, group, and program holes are extremely important. The Hole Manager is a front-end to processing hole features that displays the parameters of holes and enables you to group them for processing. The Hole AFR is integrated with the Hole Manager so that you can identify hole features to be directly loaded into it automatically. The Hole Wizard is similarly integrated so that hole information is passed directly for automatic tooling and toolpath generation.
Extended Surface Modeling Capabilities
Though more and more parts files are provided in solid model format, surfaces still play a key part in their definition, and surface modeling for manufacturing is still a very important capability. SolidSurfacer provides extended surface modeling capabilities to handle surface creation or modification. And its powerful surface modeling functionality is easy to use.
Advanced 3D with High-Speed Machining
Advanced 3D with High-Speed Machining (HSM) expands the 3D surface and solid body machining of SolidSurfacer in many ways:
- New types of finishing processes
- Support for 3D material only toolpaths
- Enhanced entry/exit control
- Directly machining faceted bodies like imported STL files
- Automatic core/cavity detection for inside-out or outside-in determination
- Operation splitting for tool wear and for optimal length out of the holder
- Automatic filleting of a surface to avoid sharp concave corners
- Support for batch toolpath generation
Often parts have vertical walls that make them difficult to remove from molds without sliders. With SolidSurfacer, you can apply an amount of draft slightly angling vertical walls.
Automatic Parting Line Generation
You need to separate mold halves at the extents of the part to ensure that the part can be removed readily. Manually determining where the parting line should be can be a very tedious process. With SolidSurfacer, you can generate the correct parting line automatically and then use it to divide the mold halves easily.
Extract/Heal Features (For Core/Cavity or Electrodes)
Often parts include minor features that get in the way when generating toolpaths. You can suppress these features with the SolidSurfacer extract/heal feature capability, which removes the feature’s geometry and heals the surrounding area. You can use the solid, which is generated from the suppressed feature, to create cores or electrodes.
You must consider different types of surfaces when machining: the surface that is actually being machined, the part surfaces not being machined, and any surfaces associated with fixtures. With SolidSurfacer, you can specify the offset, or how closely the tool comes, for each of these surface types. So, you’re in complete control when generating toolpaths.
3-Axis Multi-Surface Machining
Today’s parts include a variety of forms and surfaces. Applying toolpaths across multiple surfaces or over an entire solid is a key machining capability, in addition to pocketing and profiling. With SolidSurfacer, you can create gouge-free, 3-axis toolpaths easily using a variety of machining styles like lace-cut and zig-zag. You have complete control over cut parameters like direction, orientation, step-over amount, and depth. With SolidSurfacer, you can machine multiple surfaces quickly and easily.
3D Projection Machining
Sometimes you want to have direct control of the toolpath over multiple surfaces. You generate the toolpath you want and then you project it onto the surfaces to be machined. The source for the toolpath geometry can be just about anything, including text. SolidSurfacer provides a powerful capability that allows you to project geometry onto surfaces to generate final toolpath geometry.
Polar and Cylindrical Milling
This option also adds the rotary repeat function to milling processes. Output for long, multiple rotations is on a single line of G-code. Post-processed output can support a control’s cylindrical and polar interpolation functions. This option is ideal for parts defined by flat geometry, for rotary part features created by the tool’s shape like simple grooves or pockets that do not need wall control), and for machines without a Y axis.
Level 2 adds support for multiple splitters and sub-splitters; blade fillet machining; tool-axis smoothing; splitter smoothing; additional control for tilt, leading, and trailing edges; toolpath segment sorting; and the ability to define stock for rest milling. Whether toolpath is generated for multi-task machines or machining centers, both levels of 5-Axis MultiBlade use the same post processors as GibbsCAM 5-Axis and the same simulation models in GibbsCAM Machine Simulation.
Multi-task machine tools represent some of the most diverse machine tool configurations available today. With GibbsCAM MTM, your machine tool’s specific configuration is captured by factory-supplied settings so that you are programming all its capabilities accurately. This way you can ensure that you are taking full advantage of your machine tool for maximum productivity.
Today’s multi-task machine tools incorporate a wide variety of spindle and turret combinations with no end in sight. A two-spindle, two-turret configuration is fairly common for machines, with more than two spindles or turrets becoming more and more common. GibbsCAM MTM supports an unlimited number of turrets and spindles so you can keep pace with advances in multi-task machines.
Live Tooling Support
Previously, multi-task machine tools were mainly high-end turning centers with two spindles and tool holders that sometimes included a light-use live tooling capability. Though these are still common, multi-task machine tools now incorporate more substantial live-tooling support so that you can perform more extensive milling operations. You can combine GibbsCAM MTM with any of the GibbsCAM milling options to support your multi-task machine tool’s complete range of milling operations.
Swiss-Style Machine Tools
Swiss-style machine tools are becoming extremely popular, especially for ultra-high-precision parts. Like other types of multi-task tools, Swiss-style machine tools have evolved radically and represent some of the most complex MTM configurations available. GibbsCAM MTM supports Swiss-style multi-task machine tools and provides an easy-to-use tool for programming these complex devices. With GibbsCAM MTM, supporting your Swiss-style machine tools is straight forward.
Unlike single cutting tool machine tools, multi-task machine tools apply multiple tools across one or more spindles at the same time, often in a synchronized fashion. Manually coordinating multiple process flows requires understanding many details and interdependencies. The GibbsCAM MTM Sync Manager provides an easy-to-understand, intuitive graphical interface that allows you to focus on optimizing your process. The Sync Manager handles all the underlying complexities for you. Programming multiple processes has never been easier or more efficient.
Integrated Cut Part Rendering
With the complexity of multi-flow, multi-task processes, it is extremely important to verify programs before they become expensive mistakes on your machine tools. The GibbsCAM MTM integrated Cut Part Rendering allows you to verify your programs visually, fully simulating multiple tools cutting at the same time. You can detect gouges and observe your program efficiency so that you can make adjustments to further optimize your program. See it before you machine it.
Factory Supplied Posts
With all the configurability and complexity of multi-task machine tools, creating a correct and complete post processor can be quite a challenge. The GibbsCAM MTM factory-supplied posts ensure you get posted output specifically formatted for your machine tool that fully supports its capabilities. With factory-supplied posts, you do not spend your time figuring out how to post output for your machine tool. Get what-you-see-is-what-you-machine output with GibbsCAM MTM posts.
Tombstone Management System
GibbsCAM TMS provides:
- The ability to create a part and fixture combination and have it automatically duplicated in a layout.
- Various options to locate and arrange parts on a tombstone face automatically.
- The flexibility to arrange a different part on each face or mix parts on each face.
- The ability to program parts or faces at different Z levels.
- The choice of duplicating an arrangement across all faces or creating different arrangements on each face.
- The ability to add or clear operations for exceptions on each face like part features or machining operations blocked by adjacent workpieces.
- The ability to set different safe distances for traversing from part to part and indexing (rotating) from one face to the next.
- Options for optimizing cycle time by tool, by tool and part, or by tombstone face.
- Support of subroutines, canned cycles, and B-rotation positions in the G-code output.
- The ability to generate CNC code in single-part mode to prove setup and machining before running a fully-loaded tombstone.
Optimization is typically dependent on grouping similar or identical operations together to minimize tool changes and rotations of the tombstone. TMS lets the programmer:
- Group operations by tool to minimize tool changes. Perform machining of part features with a single tool in order and across all parts before making a tool change.
- Group operations by tool and part to minimize traverses. Complete all operations with a tool on a workpiece before moving to the next workpiece. Or the programmer can choose to have a tool perform a single operation in a group before moving to the next group.
- Complete all operations on a face before moving to another to minimize tombstone rotation.
TMS provides tools for choosing among these options and automatically sorts the toolpath so that it can be verified and tested. Easily correct any problems by returning to the TMS dialog and making the necessary modification.
By enhancing TMS with GibbsCAM Machine Simulation, the programmer can render and dynamically simulate the entire setup including tombstone, parts, fixtures, tools, tool holders, and all moving machine tool components to test for interference, collision, and cycle time. Simulation also tracks X-Y-Z positions to prevent tools from exceeding a machine’s travel limits.
When the programmer is satisfied with the result, a single click in TMS generates a post-processed G-code program for the entire tombstone of parts.
Recommended: While not required, we highly recommend Machine Simulation to visualize TMS output properly.
Designed to handle the most demanding wire EDM (electrical discharge machining) programs while being easy-to-use, GibbsCAM Wire EDM supports programming 2- through 4-axis CNC wire EDM machines. With a very flexible and robust graphical user interface, novice users will find the system easy to understand and learn, while experienced users will find it a straightforward, efficient way to access its breadth of capability and options. GibbsCAM Wire EDM provides complete control over wire EDM machining operations. It includes post processors for all major wire EDM machine brands.
2- and 4-Axis Support
Wire EDM machining represents an expanding manufacturing segment with continual improvements in technology and machine tools. GibbsCAM Wire EDM provides full support for 2-axis parallel or tapered with or without lands and 4-axis tapered machining with automatic 4-axis synchronization. Full associativity with geometry enables easy updating to accommodate changes. With full control over all aspects of machining, you can optimize your part production while ensuring high-quality results.
Today’s wire EDM machines come in a wide variety of configurations, but there are key parameters and characteristics across all of them. Fully define the physical and operating characteristics of your wire EDM machine tool, wire, and stock to use when programming parts. Store and recall standardized settings to ensure consistency between jobs.
Multiple Part Support
Setting up a wire EDM machine to cut multiple parts unattended is a very common operating mode. GibbsCAM Wire EDM supports cutting multiple parts with different machining strategies: completely cut out each part individually, 2-stage (rough first or rough-skim first), or 3-stage (rough, skim, gluestops). Output code as sub-routines or in longhand format, depending on the machine controller.
Machining Strategies (User-Specified Number of Rough/Skin Cuts)
Wire EDM cutting parameters and machining strategies vary depending on the material, thickness, and other material conditions. Fully control your machining strategy such as entry/exit radius, start/end angles, gluestop tag removal, skim cut control, and handling lands/tapers. Cut with confidence the way you want.
EPAK Table Settings
Today’s wire EDM machine tools use a wide variety of settings for a wide variety of machining situations. Define various standard or custom machining EPAK settings for rough and skim cuts for different part/stock conditions. Save these EPAK settings in a library to reuse in future jobs for consistent production. Once you have determined what works, you do not need to go back and figure it out again.
Machine Data Integration
Many of today’s wire EDM machine vendors provide a wide variety of support for manufacturing data. Directly read data from Mitsubishi into the GibbsCAM Wire EDM configuration and parameter tables. In addition, the Charmilles CT-Expert is integrated into GibbsCAM Wire EDM to provide a seamless interface to its knowledge base. Cut with confidence using the wire EDM vendors’ data.
Whether defining the wire orientation and path or reviewing a process simulation to verify your program, visualization is a key aspect in developing a wire EDM process. GibbsCAM Wire EDM provides a full range of visualization modes that correspond to various programming stages. In addition to the standard GibbsCAM standard display, GibbsCAM Wire EDM provides a four-view display for multiple standard views of your work and maximum clarity. It also provides real-time process simulation so you can verify your program before running it on the machine. You will not be in the dark with GibbsCAM Wire EDM.
Post Processor Support
Put simply, CNC wire EDM machines run off CNC programs. The powerful GibbsCAM Wire EDM post-processing capability generates optimal and efficient CNC output for your wire EDM machines. It includes posts for the widest range of popular wire EDM machines. With GibbsCAM Wire EDM, what you see is what you machine.
VoluMill™ for GibbsCAM is an ultra-high performance toolpath (UHPT) option that uses a continuous, high-speed toolpath for an optimized CNC program. These powerful, high-speed, high-material-removal-rate capabilities can help you create the fastest, most efficient toolpath for a wide variety of milling part types in your shop. The process automatically takes into account the best option for milling pockets including the tool speed plunging into the material and material removal rates. Variation in tool load is smoothed, which allows the machine to use much higher speeds and feeds.
- Improves productivity.
- Reduces cycle time.
- Extends tool life.
- Provides up to 100 percent stepover with no uncut material.
- Safely doubles machine output.
- Reduces energy costs by up to 60 percent.
- Fully integrates into the GibbsCAM with the same look and feel.
- Requires zero post-processor changes.
- Automatically adjusts feed rate.
The GibbsCAM VoluMill Wireframe option is included with each new GibbsCAM milling license and GibbsCAM milling licenses covered by software maintenance.