Updated CAM Software Eases Programming through Simulation

The latest version of 3D Systems’ GibbsCAM production machining software includes new tooling support as well as its Universal Kinematic Machine (UKM) engine designed to simplify CNC programming.

The latest version of 3D Systems’ GibbsCAM production machining software includes new tooling support as well as its Universal Kinematic Machine (UKM) engine designed to simplify CNC programming. The software is intended to ease NC programming and machining with solid modeling, two- through five-axis milling, high speed machining, turn-mill, Swiss-type, multitasking, and EDM capabilities.

New tooling functions and capabilities extend the software’s ability to define, use and simulate tools using icons and dynamic 3D viewing of tools and toolholders. Support for straight, tapered and stepped shanks has been extended to all mill tools, while new mill and lathe tool types have also been introduced, including 3D form tools and 75-degree diamond (ISO E-style) lathe tools. Intermediate tooling support for multi-task machining (MTM) enables more accurate placement and orientation of tools. Additions include a tool block library and support for tool blocks such as adapter blocks, holders for toolholders, right-angle and adjustable heads, and flash tooling. A fixture library and support for fixtures including chucks, tailstocks, steady rests and other workholding devices are also included.

The software’s integration with Sandvik Coromant’s Adveon Tool Library enables the importing of tools from Sandvik and ISO 13399-compliant systems, simplifying tool definition and tooling data management. This functionality also enables a shop to build, save and reuse a standard library as well as link tools and tool assemblies to parts and processes, easing reuse of a program for a subsequent part run, and speeding updates when parts change.

Enhancements for hole making include additional support for hole features from CAD systems and full associativity for hole features from Autodesk Inventor, CATIA version 5, Solid Edge and SolidWorks. The hole editor covers hole features including compound holes, which are supported with multiple straight, tapered and threaded segments. Feature recognition has been enhanced, and the five-axis drilling interface has been streamlined. These features are said to simplify hole-making operations and quicken the programming process.

The UKM engine, along with intermediate tooling support and improved rendering palette, supports machine simulation. Rendering is more accurate and efficient in this version, displaying intermediate tooling for a more complete simulation of all moving components. A new “stops and watches” feature enables customized monitoring of key conditions. 

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