CAM software developer Gibbs and Associates (Moorpark, California), a Cimatron company, has granted to Purdue University’s College of Engineering 60 seats of Gibbscam to run on the University’s Engineering College Network at the West Lafayette, Indiana campus. The grant supports CAM within the School of Engineering’s Artisan and Fabrication Laboratory (AFL). The AFL is part of the Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Learning Laboratory, which takes nearly 2,000 first-year engineering students through all stages of the design cycle.
“Gibbscam will help us teach students the machining aspects of manufacturing,” says Eric Holloway, director of instructional laboratories at the School of Engineering Education. “It will provide them with an easy method to access CAD data from Catia and other CAD systems and to generate and post-process programs for all our machine tools, from two-axis lathes to five-axis machining centers.”
The grant, excluding training services provided by Gibbs, is valued at $635,625. It includes modules for three-axis milling; rotary milling; lathe turning; five-axis milling and turning; machine tool simulation; ACIS and STEP readers; Catia and UG/NX (Siemens) translators; and software maintenance; as well as postprocessors for Purdue’s various machine tools.