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GibbsCAM is organized as a single application. When you add options, we don’t force you to learn a new interface. Instead, all options are integrated into the familiar, 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.
Production Turning Overview
Full 2-Axis Programming
GibbsCAM Production Turning provides a full range of functionality for defining processes for efficiently machining 2-axis parts from wireframe geometry.
Graphical Tool Definition
GibbsCAM Production Turning’s graphical user interface to define tools shows the user key dimensions to allow easy and error free tooling creation. The system supports wide variety of predefined tool types as well as 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. Approach extensions are automatically generated if the tool is started off the machined profile.
Advanced Roughing Routines
GibbsCAM Production Turning provides a full range of roughing routines such as 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 allowing automatic calculation of entry/exit and toolpath moves to reduce programming time and eliminate air-cutting. Knowing where remaining stock is also allows the system to automatically define rapids which avoid material.
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 is always cutting in a forward insert direction.
Canned Cycle Support
Production Turning provides support for a wide range of canned cycles, such as face, OD/ID and casting canned-cycles for roughing and finishing operations as well as most drill-type cycles.
GibbsCAM Production Turning includes a built-in library for all popular thread form data allowing threads to be quickly and accurately programmed.
Solids Import Overview
Entry-Level Solids Support
Solid models are becoming more and more common in manufacturing as a source data type. Solid models provide more accurate geometry than other formats reducing errors. GibbsCAM Solids Import is the base technology upon which GibbsCAM’s range of solids-based options is built on. If you are ready to step-up to solids, Solids Import provides basic support for machining solid models in an easy-to-use environment. Easing into solids was never easier.
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. Support for Parasolid files, a kernel modeler format widely used by numerous popular CAD systems, such as Solid Edge and SolidWorks, is provided with GibbsCAM Solids Import. Sharing a common modeling kernel ensures that CAD models in Parasolid format can be directly read into GibbsCAM, viewed and manipulated. 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 be more accurately rendered. GibbsCAM Solids Import provides a variety of display modes to display solids allowing you to chose which you prefer given what you’re doing. GibbsCAM innovative virtual track ball allows you to dynamically orient your view, while also providing quick access to standard views. Get a solid view on what you’re machining.
Extract Geometry from Solids
Solid models contain both wireframe and surface geometry providing you with 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 machining it. Take advantage of solid model accuracy.
Solid models contain both wireframe and surface geometry providing you with the richest amount of geometric data. Sometimes though, where you want to machine is not necessarily defined by an existing edge. GibbsCAM Solids Import allows you to generate wireframe geometry by cutting the solid with a plane. The resulting geometry can then be machined or further manipulated. 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 have the option to seamlessly add additional capabilities further expanding your solids-based technology. Read in CAD data in other solid formats, such as this ACIS file, or CATIA V4 or V5, Pro/ENGINEER, and STEP AP203 or AP214. Grow at your own pace while protecting your investment.
2.5D Solids Overview
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.vAnd GibbsCAM's industry leading ease-of-use makes working with solids straight forward and understandable. With GibbsCAM 2.5D Solid's powerful solid modeling tools, you'll be able to take full advantage of solid modeling technology.
Import and Repair Surface Models
Even with the transition to solids, CAD systems are still generating surface models that need to be imported and machined. With GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids you can read in surface models and then repair any problems you encounter with a broad range of surface modeling tools. You can also 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 don’t have to start with solid models to take advantage of solids-based machining. Surface models, whether imported or created, can be automatically stitched together to create solid models which can then be further modified using GibbsCAM's solid modeling tools or machined directly. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids provides you with the tools you need to transition from surface-based to solids-based CAM.
Directly Machine 2.5D Solids
Not only do solid models provide considerable advantages during design, but solid models also have many advantages during machining. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids' machining functionalities were developed to not only allow users to directly machine solids, but to specifically take advantage of the additional information available in solids resulting in improved performance, reliability and efficiency.
Solids Positioning Tools
Since solid models are the main building block within GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids, powerful positioning tools are supplied to allow you to quickly and easily yet precisely position and orient solids. Not only are these tools extremely useful when modeling a single part made up of multiple pieces, but they can significantly streamline setting up part models in fixturing. With GibbsCAM 2.5D solids you can 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. The Profiler, an innovative interface to interactively define features like bosses, slots, and pockets, is included in GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids. Unlike automatic feature recognition, the Profiler gives the user complete control over the geometric elements which are included in a feature. The Profiler can also interactively derive geometry which is used for machining. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids' robust feature-based machining provides the user with powerful programming tools.
Automatic Feature Recognition (Holes)
Hole-making occupies close to 80% 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. Leveraging GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids' AFR capability you can improve your hole-making efficiency and quality.
With hole-making occupying close to 80% of production parts’ machining time how you identify, group and program holes becomes extremely important. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids provides the Hole Manager as a front-end to processing hole features. The Hole Manager displays the parameters of holes allowing you to group them for processing. The Hole AFR is integrated with the Hole Manager allowing automatically identified hole features to be directly loaded into it. The Hole Wizard is similarly integrated allowing hole information to be directly passed for automatic tooling and toolpath generation. With GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids your hole-making productivity is streamlined and overall quality is improved.
Extended Surface Modeling Capabilities
Though more and more parts files are being 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 GibbsCAM’s signature ease-of-use ensures that its powerful surface modeling functionality is easy to use.
Advanced 3D with High-Speed Machining (HSM)
Advanced 3D with High Speed Machining expands the 3D surface and solid body machining of SolidSurfacer in many ways. This includes new types of finishing processes, support for 3D Material Only toolpath, enhanced entry/exit control, the ability to directly machine Faceted bodies including 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 holder, automatic filleting of a surface to avoid sharp concave corners and it supports 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. You won’t get stuck with SolidSurfacer’s breadth of capabilities.
Automatic Parting Line Generation
Mold halves need to be separated at the extents of the part to ensure that the part can be readily removed. Manually determining where the parting line should be can be a very tedious process. With SolidSurfacer, you can automatically generate the correct parting line and then use it to easily divide the mold halves.
Extract/Heal Features (For Core/Cavity or Electrodes)
Often parts include minor features that get in the way when generating toolpath. These features can be suppressed using SolidSurfacer’s extract/heal feature capability, which removes the feature’s geometry and heals the surrounding area. The solid, which is generated from the suppressed feature, can also be used to create cores or electrodes.
There are different types of surfaces to consider when machining – the surface that is actually being machined, the part surfaces not being machined, and any surfaces associated with fixtures. SolidSurfacer allows you to specify the offset, or how closely the tool comes, for each of these surfaces types. Just another example how with SolidSurfacer, you’re in complete control when generating toolpath.
3-Axis Multi-Surface Machining
Today’s parts include a variety of forms and surfaces. Applying toolpath across multiple surfaces or over an entire solid is a key machining capability in addition to pocketing and profiling. SolidSurfacer allows you to easily create gouge-free, 3-axis toolpath using a variety of machining styles, such as lace cut and zig-zag. You have complete control over cut parameters like direction, orientation, step-over amount, and depth. With SolidSurfacer, machining multiple surfaces is quick and easy.
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 generating final toolpath geometry.
Polar & 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, (such as simple grooves or pockets not needing wall control), and for machines without a Y axis.
With Level 1 installed, the addition of 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 MTMs 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.
MTM (Multi-Task Machining)
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 GibbsCAM’s factory-supplied settings so that you are accurately programming all its capabilities. This way you can be sure 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 with machines with more than two spindles or turrets becoming more and more common. GibbsCAM MTM supports an unlimited number of turrets and spindles allowing you to keep pace with advances in multi-task machines.
Live Tooling Support
Multi-task machine tools used to be mainly high-end turning centers with two spindles and tool holders, sometimes including a light-use live tooling capability. Though these are still common, multi-task machine tools now incorporate more substantial live tooling support which allows more extensive milling operations to be performed. GibbsCAM MTM can be combined 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 also gone through a radical evolution 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. Supporting your Swiss-style machine tools is straight forward with GibbsCAM MTM.
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. GibbsCAM MTM’s Sync Manager provides an easy to understand, intuitive graphical interface allowing 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 can become expensive mistakes on your machine tools. GibbsCAM MTM’s integrated Cut Part Rendering allows you to visually verify your programs fully simulating multiple tools cutting at the same time. Not only can gouges be detected, but you can also observe how efficient your program is allowing you to make adjustments further optimizing 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. GibbsCAM MTM’s factory supplied posts ensure you get posted output specifically formatted for your machine tool that fully supports its capabilities. With factory supplied posts, you don’t 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 (TMS)
GibbsCAM TMS provides:
- The ability to create a part and fixture combination and have it automatically duplicated in a layout
- Various options to automatically locate and arrange parts on a tombstone face
- 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, such as 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 set up 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. Machining of part features with a single tool are performed in order and across all parts, before making a tool change.
- Group operations by tool and part to minimize traverses. All operations with a tool are completed 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, minimizing tombstone rotation.
TMS provides tools for choosing among these options, and automatically sorts the toolpath, so that it can be verified and tested. Any problems are easily corrected 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 – 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 click of a button in TMS generates a post processed G-code program for the entire tombstone of parts.
Recommended: While not required, Machine Simulation is highly recommended for proper visualization of TMS output.
Designed to handle the most demanding Wire-EDM 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, 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 the user with complete control over the Wire-EDM machining operations. Post processors for all major brands of Wire-EDM machines are included.
2-axis and 4-axis Support
Wire-EDM machining represents an expanding segment of manufacturing 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 allows for easy updating to accommodate changes. With full control over all aspects of machining, you can fully 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. GibbsCAM Wire-EDM allows you to fully define the physical and operating characteristics of your Wire-EDM machine tool, wire and stock to use in programming your parts. Standardized settings can be stored and recalled ensuring consistency between jobs.
Multiple Part Support
Setting up a Wire-EDM machine to cut multiple parts unattended is a very common mode of operating. 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). Code can be output either 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 material, thickness and other material conditions. GibbsCAM Wire-EDM allows full control of 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. GibbsCAM Wire-EDM allows you to define various standard or custom machining EPAK settings for rough and skim cuts for different part/stock conditions. These EPAK settings can be saved in a library allowing them to be reused in future jobs ensuring production consistency. Once you’ve determined what works, you don’t 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. GibbsCAM Wire-EDM allows data from Mitsubishi to be directly read into its configuration and parameter tables. In addition, Charmilles’ CT-Expert has been integrated into GibbsCAM Wire-EDM providing a seamless interface to its knowledge base. Cut with confidence using the Wire-EDM vendors’ data!
Whether defining the orientation and path of the wire, or reviewing a simulation of the process 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 which correspond to various stages of programming. In addition to GibbsCAM’s standard display, a four view display is provided to allow you multiple standard views of your work for maximum clarity. A real-time simulation of the process is also provided to allow you to verify your program before running it on the machine. You won’t be in the dark any longer with GibbsCAM Wire-EDM.
Post Processor Support
Put simply, CNC Wire-EDM machines run off CNC programs. GibbsCAM Wire-EDM’s powerful post processing capability generates optimal and efficient CNC output for your Wire-EDM machines. Posts are included 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 resulting in 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 speed of a tool plunging into the material and material removal rates. Variation in tool load is smoothed, allowing the machine to use much higher speeds and feeds.
VoluMill for GibbsCAM
- Improves productivity
- Reduces cycle time
- Extends tool life
- Up to 100% stepover with no uncut material
- Safely doubles machine output
- Up to 60% reduction in energy costs
- Fully integrated into the GibbsCAM, with the same look and feel
- No post processor changes required
- Automatic feedrate adjustment
GibbsCAM VoluMillTM Wireframe option is included free with each new GibbsCAM milling license. Learn more »
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