Gibbs and Associates has been offering CAM software to its customers for 30 years and is making the most of its ample experience in the metalworking industry this year.
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GibbsCAM simplifies programming of complex MTM machines. This configuration shows a part being center-drilled on the main spindle while another part is turned simultaneously on the subspindle with a tool from the rear gang.
Gibbs and Associates has been offering CAM software to its customers for 30 years and is making the most of its ample experience in the metalworking industry this year. Not only is the company still producing improvements and updates to its existing software while creating next generation products, GibbsCAM software is also supporting a record number of machine tool builders at IMTS 2012.
According to Bill Gibbs, president and founder, GibbsCAM programs are either running specific parts or running live demonstrations on the machines of more than eight machine tool builders at the show, including DMG/Mori Seiki, Doosan, Hardinge, Mazak, Methods, Romi, Toyoda and Willemin. The company has a non-machine tool manufacturing presence as well, such as in the AME and CAMSolutions booths, where computers show live demos using GibbsCAM software.
Gibbsand Associates and Cimatron Group (also celebrating 30 years of business this year), are demonstrating their GibbsCAM and CimatronE product lines in their combined Booth E-3310. Live presentations are being held in the booth’s theater, and experts on GibbsCAM software are available to answer questions and demonstrate the software capabilities.
“We have the best applications engineers and people from tech support come in for the show to man our booth,” Gibbs says.
GibbsCAM’s focus at the show is on multitask machining (MTM), which helps customers use the full capabilities of complex MTM machines, including five-axis rotary head and Swiss-type machines. Also highlighted in the booth are GibbsCAM 2013 and Gibbs’ newest improvements in automated programming, including “smart features.” Smart features help users program parts faster by retaining data about the feature itself, including depths, clearances and feature types (pocket, boss, slot, etc.).
Visitors to the booth also can see new support for multi-core processors and new multi-threading technology, making the software much faster, Gibbs says.