Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, recently announced that it will participate at the SolidWorks World 2015 Conference with a presentation and booth demonstrations of GibbsCAM software’s optimization for machining parts designed in SolidWorks.
GibbsCAM is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Product that provides seamless integration with SolidWorks. Gibbs was selected to give a presentation called “Manufacturing Complex Solid Models with GibbsCAM,” to be delivered by Steve Aughinbaugh, a GibbsCAM applications engineer, on Monday, February 9, 2015 from 6:45pm-7:00pm. The presentation will highlight GibbsCAM’s integration with SolidWorks, and demonstrate the use of automation features of both products to read a complex part from SolidWorks and program it for machining with GibbsCAM. Mr. Aughinbaugh will demonstrate the ease of programming turning, milling, millturning and drilling operations on a multi-task machine, and finish with full simulation of the machining process. In addition to the presentation, GibbsCAM demonstrations will be available in Booth 525 of the Partner Pavilion. The conference runs from February 8-11, 2015 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mr. Aughinbaugh’s presentation will be centered on GibbsCAM’s MTM and Machine Simulation for programming, simulating and verifying multi-task machining (MTM) operations in making parts designed in SolidWorks. He will demonstrate how GibbsCAM directly reads SolidWorks part models, preserving features and attributes, and use these to identify, organize and select features for machining. The use of a complex part – a cylindrical part with flat areas, pockets, holes and compound holes – for the presentation will enable Mr. Aughinbaugh to demonstrate the ease and speed of GibbsCAM’s CNC programming for various different operations required to machine parts. Use of a complex machine for programming and simulation will enable him to highlight GibbsCAM’s new underlying architecture, the Universal Kinematic Machine engine, which allows programming and simulating machine tools of any configuration, simple or complex. His presentation will finish with simulation of the entire machining process, including the machine tool, its moving components, tool blocks and cutting tools as they make the part.
Inherent to the presentation will be GibbsCAM’s optimization for SolidWorks, which includes the integration of GibbsCAM’s Hole Manager with SolidWorks’ Hole Wizard to identify, categorize, and machine simple and compound holes, and GibbsCAM’s Automatic Feature Recognition and Feature Manager, to read and preserve features from the SolidWorks Feature Tree to easily identify and select areas for machining. This integration, in combination with many other GibbsCAM automation features, greatly simplifies solids machining and provides huge time savings for the SolidWorks user. With a short learning curve, GibbsCAM’s unique user interface enables additional productivity from ease of use and speed of programming.
The combination of GibbsCAM 2015 and SolidWorks 2015 provides a complete CAD/CAM solution for most manufacturing environments. Whether parts have simple geometry needing only 2.5-axis milling or 2-axis turning, or complex geometry requiring use of 5-axis machining, MTM or Swiss-style turning centers, the SolidWorks-GibbsCAM combination accommodates and optimizes the machining process. GibbsCAM verifies the toolpaths with gouge detection and interference checking, dynamically and visually simulates them on virtual machine tools, and accurately post-processes them to generate optimal NC programs. GibbsCAM features help users eliminate scrap and reduce cycle times, while they maximize efficiency, safety and profits.