Supports simultaneous 4- and 5-axis machining with various tool types. In combination with GibbsCAM MTM, it also supports sophisticated multi-task machines with live tooling on articulated heads. It includes various machining styles and machining strategies for roughing and finishing, with full tool-axis control, plus application-specific functions such as projection, swarf, electrode, impeller, turbine and cylinder-head machining.
For additional accuracy, the 5-axis Option provides collision detection and gouge checking for various tool shapes, with appropriate avoidance options. Toolpath is verified, on the fly, with the integrated GibbsCAM Cut Part Rendering, while GibbsCAM Machine Simulation can provide further verification with dynamic display of work piece, cutting tools and all machine-tool components in motion.
GibbsCAM MTM was specifically designed to address the CNC programming requirements of multi-task machine tools, providing powerful programming tools that are easy to learn and use with the ultimate in flexibility and configurability. Machining processes are easily defined with GibbsCAM's intuitive graphical user interface that provides seamless access to both turning and milling capabilities. And GibbsCAM's associativity allows operations to be updated easily when modifications are made. Factory-supplied post processors output multi-flow NC code complete with utility operations and sync codes.
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.
UTILITY OPS SUPPORT
Bar Feeders. Parts Catchers. Sub-Spindles. These are just a few of the ancillary devices on a multi-task machine tool that require non-cutting utility operations to control. GibbsCAM MTM supports the entire range of utility operations used by your machine tool providing you with full control all the way to posted output.
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.
5-Axis MultiBlade is an addition to GibbsCAM 5-Axis Milling, optimized for programming machining centers and multi-tasking machines (MTMs) to make turbomachinery parts. It simplifies machining blisks, blings and impellers – parts with blades. Its specialized and condensed interface allows easy selection of geometry without having to prepare the model. Users may choose from two levels of functionality, depending on the type of work or level of specialization they pursue.
Level 1 includes parts with single splitters, with toolpath strategies that include roughing between blades with single splitter support, hub finishing, blade and splitter finishing, and automatic gouge checking on all toolpaths. The software includes options for leading- and trailing-edge extension and edge roll trimming, tilt controls, various intelligent controls for rotating toolpath segments around the part, automatic axis detection, plus automatic and user definable links and clearances.
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.
An addition to GibbsCAM 5-Axis Milling, optimized to simplify machining ports, manifolds, throttle bodies and any tubular openings that change shape and curvature from end to end. The specialized interface is condensed to use only the settings needed for porting operations, making programming much easier and faster. Machining strategies include roughing, rest roughing, and spiral and plunge-along finishing. To control excessive machine motion, 5-Axis Porting uses 3-axis machining as far into the port as possible, and then automatically transitions to full 5-axis to allow for maximum tool reach.
All 5-axis motion is calculated for smooth and gouge-free toolpaths. Tool tilting is automatic, at optimal angles, with no need to split surfaces or create tool axis control splines. The software can automatically detect the spine curve through the port and properly align the toolpath. The upper and lower sections of the port can be determined automatically, using maximum tool reach, at the midpoint, or by a user-specified percent of reach, always ensuring proper toolpath blending between upper and lower sections. Overall, 5-Axis Porting makes programming easier and faster, and generates a cleaner, more efficient toolpath for faster and higher quality machining.
Drives one rotary and two linear axes to achieve 3-axis toolpath. It extends GibbsCAM’s standard 3-axis milling functions for use on machines with a rotary axis to enable wrapped geometry, cylindrical and polar rotary milling, and rotary repeats. On mills, rotation is typically around the A or B axis, while on mill-turns C-axis motion replaces Y-axis motion. This C-axis motion can also be applied to the face of a mill-turn part. Input may be flat or “wrapped” wireframe geometry.
Wrapped geometry is flat 2D geometry, displayed and machined as if wrapped around a cylinder. Geometry may be created in flat or wrapped mode and toggled between flat and wrapped representations. With this option, all 2D mill processes – contour, pocket, drill, etc. – may be applied to a cylinder. The tool is kept on the centerline of rotation; as a result, there is no control of wall angles or tool engagement. 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.
GibbsCAM Radial Milling drives one rotary and three linear axes to achieve 4-axis toolpath. It provides a roughing and a finishing mill process for off-centerline “Y-axis” rotary machining, allowing control of wall angles and tool engagement. Input is 3D wire-frame geometry extracted from solids or created by other means, to drive and orient the tool. Optionally, surfaces may be used to orient the tool and limit toolpath.
Tool orientation control includes cutting with the side or bottom of the tool, using a surface or two curves to control tilt, following one curve at a specified lean angle, or using progressive tool lean. Toolpath is usually segmented, but can be optimized for helical motion.
GibbsCAM Solids Import provides entry-level support for machining solid models. Solid models can be read, viewed and manipulated. Geometry can be selected and extracted for machining. Using this option you can import a solid model, view it, extract geometry from selected edges, which can then be machined. This option is ideal for users who have been machining wireframe geometry who want to expand their capabilities to support rudimentary machining of solids.
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.
GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids provides significant surface and solid modeling capabilities. Functionality to directly machine surfaces and solids is also included. With this module, you have the ability to create, import and modify solid models and then generate programs to machine them. Specialized tools are also provided to import, repair and automatically solidify surface data. Using GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids, CNC programs can be created faster and easier, making you more efficient and productive.
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.
An extension to GibbsCAM's integrated Cut Part Rendering visualization/verification capability, Machine Simulation uses animated machine tool models to identify any program errors before they cause costly mistakes on the shop floor.
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
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 and is also free to GibbsCAM Milling customers on Maintenance.
GibbsCAM TMS was developed specifically to simplify and streamline the multi-part setup, programming, toolpath verification and post processing for tombstone machining. Within a single, interactive, graphic interface, the TMS dialog provides all the options and flexibility required for CNC programmers to specify and modify machining strategies, and generate efficient, error-free G-code ready for your machines.
Different parts on one face
Fixturing on Multiple Faces
Cutting Tool Access on Three Sides
Rear Window Machining
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.
Required: TMS is a GibbsCAM Option that requires the 2.5D Solids or SolidSurfacer Options and a customized post processor to generate the appropriate G-code.
Recommended: While not required, the Machine Simulation Option is highly recommended for proper visualization of TMS output.