CAM Software Is Enabled by Machine Kinematics

3D Systems will be demonstrating the next generation of its CAM software, GibbsCAM 2016.

3D Systems will be demonstrating the next generation of its CAM software, GibbsCAM 2016. The software builds on its Universal Kinematic Machine technology to deliver increased efficiency; accelerated programming speed; and enhanced visualization and accuracy for CNC machine programming, the company says.

The product features enhanced thread milling, including support for multi-point tools; tapered threads for both single- and multi-point tools; and improved simulation. It also features an updated version of VoluMill technology, which provides new toolpath strategies for high-speed roughing of large pockets and slots, as well as open face milling strategies that can decrease cutting time significantly. It also includes Technology Expert integration for access to optimal speeds and feeds.

Additional features include oriented turning capabilities, giving users added control in how tools interact with parts. Such interactions include using a single tool at multiple B-orientations, reorienting tool groups for use on a different spindle and full support of Flash Tooling for multiple-orientation turning tools. Added toolpath strategies for five-axis milling enable users to define toolpath direction using the natural flow of a surface with the new Flowline option, along with toolpaths with extended width and length. Improved five-axis drilling, multi-stepped pocket roughing and new gouge checking strategies round out the offering.

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