Modern Machine Shop
Gibbs and Associates’ GibbsCAM 2011 software includes multitask machining and five-axis CNC programming features that optimize programming of complex machining in industries such as medical, aerospace and energy.
The software is designed to eliminate scrap, increase shopfloor safety and reduce cycle times. Among the new features are a new routine for five-axis hole-making operations that makes programming five-axis drill cycles easier and more efficient, the company says.
The software’s operation modifier can convert 2 ½- and three-axis tool paths for machining in five axes, which enables use of shorter tools to achieve smoother tool paths at certain surface intersections and other geometric conditions.
Other features include swarf-cutting capabilities as well as a five-axis trimming (wireframe) strategy. Support for B axis (tilting live tooling) enables programming of five-axis milling with Y-axis offsets on lathes and multitask machines equipped with a live-tooling B axis. The software supports thread whirling attachments, making it well-suited for multitask machines with multiple axes (typically running with five-axis simultaneous motion), the company says. Thread whirling attachments provide the rigidity and rotary tools to make screws of high length-to-diameter ratio, such as ballscrews, worm shafts, feed screws and Acme screws.