Gibbs and Associates / GibbsCAM
Gibbs and Associates / GibbsCAM
323 Science Dr.
Moorpark, CA 93021-2092 US
Powerfully Simple. Simply Powerful.
GibbsCAM is a powerful, yet easy to use, modular CAM system supporting 2- through 5-axis milling, turning, mill/turning, high speed machining, multi-task simultaneous machining, Swiss, tombstone machining and wire-EDM. Specifically tuned for manufacturing, GibbsCAM's graphical user interface enables easy geometry creation, toolpath generation, process visualization and post processing.
GibbsCAM's broad range of exchange options allows it to receive data from any CAD system. Integrated 2D, 2.5D, 3D wireframe, surface, and solid modeling capabilities are provided. Full associativity provides flexibility to make modifications, automatically updating programs. Integrated process simulation provides real-time display avoiding costly mistakes on the machine. NC programs are generated by a generic, template-based post processor, modifiable by users, or post customized by Gibbs.
GibbsCAM is certified under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Application Program, is a Solid Edge Certified Select application, and is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Application. GibbsCAM is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Vista, each being certified by Microsoft.
|Gibbs and Associates Headquarters in Moorpark, California|
For over thirty years, Gibbs and Associates has been a leader in providing GibbsCAM® cutting edge CAD/CAM technology, while maintaining its signature ease-of-use and productivity. “Powerfully Simple. Simply Powerful.” is the guiding philosophy at Gibbs. Gibbs’ goal is to introduce new programming solutions for CNC machine tools technologies and new ways of working that makes manufacturers’ machining easier and their businesses more profitable. To achieve this goal, Gibbs creates tools that are naturally intuitive, graphically interactive, extremely visual, associative, and enjoyable to use.
Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that it has granted Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) a network license of twenty-five seats of GibbsCAM software and post processor library, which, when combined with first year maintenance, which was also granted, is valued at almost $510,000.
The software includes functionality to open CAD models from their native format file, modify and prepare CAD models for machining, and generate, verify, simulate and post process CNC toolpaths for up to 4-axis milling, rotary milling, and multi-axis turning. It will be used for CAD/CAM, CNC programming, and machinist apprenticeship and training classes of the NAIT School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Technology, and for its periodic GibbsCAM-only training classes, the first of which will be offered in April, 2011...
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Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron (Nasdaq: CIMT) company, announced today that its latest release of GibbsCAM, in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, has been certified for Autodesk Inventor 2012 3D mechanical design software under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Applications Program. Digital Prototyping with Autodesk Inventor software gives manufacturers the ability to digitally design, visualize and simulate how a product will work under real world conditions before it is built, which helps reduce cost and increase efficiency. Certification demonstrates that the product is of high quality and up to date, and that it provides the highest level of interoperability with Autodesk Inventor software...
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Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that it has released GibbsCAM 2011, with dozens of enhancements to make NC programming easier and faster.
“I am very pleased with the result of our development effort in the past year,” said Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates. “The 2011 release delivers many significant new features to improve efficiency in programming and machining, all while retaining the ease of use for which GibbsCAM is known. Across the product line, users will find new tools to make their jobs easier and their work more productive.”
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GibbsCAM Reaches Delivery Milestone
The company has delivered more than 1,000 post-processors.
Webinar: How High Speed Machining Can Improve Your Bottom Line
Learn how proven high speed machining GibbsCAM strategies, technologies and methodologies can have a significant impact on your shop’s profitability and bottom line.
A Big Move to Small-Parts Manufacturing
By using GibbsCAM software, Progressive Tool was able to change from large- to small-part manufacturing and produce more accurate parts with tighter tolerances.
Software Provides Specialized Five-Axis Features
GibbsCAM 2013 provides features designed to simplify programming and improve five-axis milling in specialized applications.
Technology Showcase Highlights Partners in THINC
The organization brings experts together to solve manufacturing problems.
Moving in with a Customer
Shop owner Chris Nachtmann has established a close relationship with one of his biggest customers. In fact, he moved his operation inside that customer’s facility a couple years ago. Now, he’s making greater strides to invest in and grow his business.
Gibbs Supports Record Number of Machine Tool Builders
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.
Specialized MultiBlade Solutions to Simplify Programming of Turbo Machinery Parts
Gibbs and Associates introduced two new GibbsCAM options specialized to simplify five-axis programming of turbo machinery parts (rotary parts with blades).
We Made it TO Mars!/We Made it FOR Mars!
Every American can be proud of the accomplishment represented by the successful landing and deployment of the Mars rover, Curiosity. Some machine shops, however, can be proud that parts they made are on that amazing vehicle.
CAM Eases Multi-Task Machine Programming
Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM CAM software, will highlight the latest version of its multi-task machining (MTM) solution and automated programming capabilities.
CAM Considerations for Plunge Roughing
Plunge roughing is often more complicated than it appears. Here’s how one CAM program addresses some common challenges associated with this technique.
CAM Software Supports Two- through Five-Axis Machining
GibbsCAM productivity enhancements will be on display at Westec.
Making It Easier to Program Turbo-Machinery Parts
5-Axis MultiBlade from Gibbs & Associates is designed to make it easier for CNC programmers to create five-axis tool paths for machining blisks, impellers and similar turbo-machinery parts.
CAM System Offers Legacy of Speed, Flexibility
This hydraulic valve manufacturing specialist says the time savings and flexibility provided by Gibbs and Associate’s GibbsCAM CAM software have played an important role in two decades of growth and success.
The Pitfalls of Perfection
Machining to the exact specifications called for in a solid model might be unnecessary.
CAM Software Includes Automatic Feature Recognition
Gibbs and Associates’ GibbsCAM 2011 includes automatic feature recognition (AFR) that, combined with tagging capabilities, enables users to control how the software imports CAD models and manages part features and attributes.
A Thousand Postprocessors for Multitasking Machine Tools
Gibbs and Associates, the developer of GibbsCAM software for programming CNC machines, has created a thousand postprocessors to support multitasking machines. The availability of postprocessors for these machines has promoted the acceptance of multitasking technology in many shops and plants.
GibbsCAM Develops 1,000th Multitasking Post
GibbsCAM software developer Gibbs and Associates (Moorpark, California), a Cimatron company, recently announced that it has developed its thousandth multitasking (MTM) machine postprocessor.
Making the Most of Rotary Axes
Shops new to advanced rotary machining are sometimes held back by fundamental misunderstandings.
Five-Axis Software Drives Four-Axis Machining Gains
Using five-axis CAM software to program rotary fourth-axis operations has simplified the machining of this company’s most complex parts, improved flexibility and enabled faster, more accurate programming.
Five-Axis Software Optimizes Complex Machining
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.
How Center Rock Sees Setups
The company that made the rock drills used to free the Chilean miners last year is exploring the right level of multitask machining.
Gibbs Makes Second Grant to Purdue
CAM software developer Gibbs and Associates (Moorpark, California), a Cimatron company, has granted 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.
Gibbs Makes Second Grant to Purdue
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.
New CAM Feature Halves Roughing Time
New plunge roughing routines in GibbsCAM software have dramatically increased productivity at these Midwestern discrete parts manufacturers.
Plunge Roughing—Does Your Software Have What it Takes?
One software developer offers some guidelines for evaluating any CAM system's ability to perform this technique effectively.
Streamlined Automatic Hole Making
GibbsCAM 2011 has multiple new capabilities, including an Auto Wizard within Hole Manager, which enables users to store default settings for reuse and invoke the Hole Wizard multiple times quickly.
Gibbs Supports Purdue Technical Programs
Gibbs and Associates (Moorpark, California), the developer of GibbsCAM software and a Cimatron company, has granted 65 seats of software to Purdue University’s College of Technology, where more than 5,500 students are pursuing technical degrees.
CAM Optimized for Multi-Task Machining
GibbsCAM MTM (multi-task machining) module has been redesigned to reduce the time and effort required to develop postprocessors, generate CNC programs and simulate machine motion for multitasking lathes.
HSM for Direct Volumetric Machining Solid Models
Gibbs and Associates’ GibbsCAM VoluMill Solids is designed for high speed machining (HSM) solid models directly within the CAM software.
Fast Material Removal Software Feature
Gibbs and Associates’ Plunge Rough feature is a user-controlled custom process within GibbsCAM 2010 designed to accommodate inserted plunge-milling tools.
What 64-Bit Technology Means For CAM Systems
GibbsCAM 2010 adds 64-bit support as an option, preparing for a future where 64-bit computing is the norm and also offering significant benefits to some GibbsCAM customers. This article offers information to help you appreciate the considerations associated with moving to a 64-bit computing environment.
Software Features Additions To Five-Axis, Solids Machining
Gibbs and Associates’ GibbsCAM 2010 includes new features, additions, enhancements and productivity tools.
Gibbs Donates Software To University
Gibbs and Associates, a Cimatron company and the developer of GibbsCAM software for programming CNC machines, has granted the Clemson University Campbell Graduate Engineering Center 50 seats of its software for use in undergraduate and post-graduate mechanical and automotive engineering research and curricula. The software will be used for advanced CNC machining simulation and analysis at both the campus and the university’s International Center for Automtoive Research (CU-ICAR).
Increase Multitasking Machine Productivity
Gibbs and Associates offers its GibbsCAM MTM solutions designed to enhance productivity by allowing multitasking machines to execute multiple operations in a single setup. The software fully supports all the functions available on standard multitasking machines and Swiss-type lathes.
Toolpath Engine Option Expands CAM Capabilities
Gibbs and Associates, a Cimatron company, has announced a partnership with Celeritive technologies to incorporate VoluMill as an integrated option for its GibbsCAM software. According to the company, this collaboration will provide seamless integration between GibbsCAM and VoluMill’s toolpath engine and reduce cycle times.
Webinars From MMS Online
View on-demand webinars that cover topics including 3D printing, machine monitoring technology, tool shop optimization and CAM's impact on profitability.
Mission To Mars: CAM System Aids Rover Production
This California-based shop machined parts for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover. GibbsCAM CAM software’s modeling functions and toolpath verification capabilities played a key role in its ability to effectively machine these critical components.
Programming Thread Whirling Attachments On Swiss-Style Machines
Gibbs and Associates’ GibbsCAM Multi-task Machining (MTM) features a ProAXYZ module that enables the software to program thread whirling attachments on Swiss-style machines. According to the company, these machines can provide fast, productive machining of screws requiring high length-to-diameter ratios, high tapers from root to head, tight tolerances and burr-free finish typical of bone screws used in the medical industry.
Five-Axis CAM Module Reduces Cycle Time
The five-axis module of GibbsCAM 2009 software is said to reduce set-ups and overall machining time. In addition to the overall improvements, the module includes enhancements to the postprocessors that extend support to drive virtually all five-axis machines with rotary heads, the company says. General machining capabilities of the five-axis module include multi-surface five-axis roughing and finishing; multi-surface, five-axis flow-line machining; surface-edge five-axis swarf cutting; an adaptable interface based upon part-type strategy; advanced gouge checking to ensure safe cuts in complex operations; complete control of entry, exit, cut-to-cut and between-cut motion; and five-axis depth cuts machining; and more.
Software Developer Marks 25-Year Milestone
Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCam software for programming CNC machine tools, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. “We owe our success and longevity to our customers, our employees, our GibbsCam resellers and other industry partners,” says Bill Gibbs, president and founder. “Without them, we would not be celebrating this landmark year.
Multitasking with Enhanced Lathe Features
GibbsCAM MTM (multitask machining) now includes lathe features that are said to provide more efficiency through tool control and take advantage of newer high-tech cutting tools that turn harder materials and machine smoother surfaces. Among the features is a ProAXYZ module that enables MTM users to program thread whirling attachments on Swiss-type machines, thereby eliminating the complexity of time consuming, manual code modification at the machine control, the company says. Also, as a result of the company’s collaboration with Mazak, Mori Seiki and Tornos, the MTM module now includes features to support advanced machines from these partners.
Software Features 3D High Speed Machining Enhancements
The company has incorporated many new features and enhancements across the GibbsCAM 2009 product line including changes for advanced 3D high speed machining. According to the company, all of the additions are geared for ease of use and productivity. Interface, interoperability, programming, verification and machine simulation features are said to decrease programming and prove-out time.
Producing High Quality Surface Finishes
Gibbs and Associates’ GibbsCAM 2009 features enhancements in milling, turning, user interface/productivity and interoperability. Milling enhancements include advanced 3D high speed machining (HSM) methods. These machining methods, specifically developed for multi-surface hard milling and high speed machining in SolidSurfacer, are said to provide high quality surface finishes that reduce or eliminate polishing.
CAM System Eliminates Operations on Big Parts
Extremely large workpieces often cause set-up issues because they can be difficult to move and position without a significant commitment of both time and manpower. Thanks to GibbsCAM software, mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus International can use right-angle heads to cut down on the number of operations required to machine parts. In addition to helping the shop cut back on time-consuming setups, the software provides valuable estimation and toolpath verification features.
CAM Optimized For HSM
Gibbs and Associates offers its Advanced 3D with HSM enhancement for GibbsCAM SolidSurfacer, which introduces a complete range of advanced three-axis milling functionalities with support for high speed machining (HSM). The three-axis surface machining capabilities provide more control and flexibility in toolpath generation with integral high speed machining support, the company says. The enhancement includes toolpath strategies optimized for high speed and hard material machining; 3D rest or material-only machining; support for tapered tool shapes; and new types of finishing processes, including constant step-over and steep-shallow combination.
Turning Is Optional
The part requires only milling and drilling, but it is still run on a lathe. Except for the cutoff tool, all of the turret positions on this lathe hold rotating tools. In other words, turning is not essential for using a lathe effectively. This application illustrates the productive possibilities of a modern turn-mill machine.
Another Step Toward CAM Automation
A CAD/CAM software provider has taken an important step that will enable CNC machine tool users to benefit from emerging data-communications standards designed to promote a truly “paperless” manufacturing environment. The key is a STEP AP224 interface.
Lean Manufacturing For The Job Shop
Lean practices are not just for predictable production. Here are the common-sense ways this low-volume job shop has implemented a leaner process.
Reverse Engineering Paves The Way
For Scott Tudury, co-owner of Apex CNC, the key to the future was a broken rocker arm on a Harley-Davidson Knucklehead motorcycle engine. Built between 1936 and 1947, the overhead valve V-Twin earned its name because of the valve cover design.
Programming From Memory
Go beyond crib books. Using a CAM-based knowledge library does more than just speed programming—it can also make machining more consistent throughout the shop.
Machining’s Role In Making Cancer "History"
A machine shop in a new cancer treatment center produces components to precisely guide proton radiation to eliminate its target—cancerous tumors.
Drilling And Beyond
This collection of hole making-technologies offers some new, unusual and overlooked ways to make holes in machined parts. One of these tools might be the solution you're looking for. All of them will help you rethink your approach to hole making.
CAD/CAM Software Eliminates Trial- And Error- Manufacturing
This manufacturer has a history of manufacturing parts primarily for the automotive industry that dates back to the 1930s.
CAM Software For Probing
Software for creating probing routines off-line promises to make machine tool probing easier to use. As a few examples show, different software providers look at this off-line programming in different ways.
Plugging Into Tombstone Productivity
Customized software helps this machine tool builder maximize the output of its horizontal machining centers.
Process Versus Geometry
Most CAM software can be classified as either fundamentally process-based or fundamentally geometry-based. Understanding this often-overlooked distinction can help you find the CAM system that is best for your needs.
Getting To Know Knowledge-Based Machining
The term refers to different levels of automation that CAM software developers are building into their NC programming software.
Skilled Labor Shortage Solved With Technology
The problem facing this casting shop is that the artisans who create patterns used to model and create cast-iron parts aren't available in the numbers that they once were, and as skilled workers retire, there aren't enough replacements to staff the industry. Foundries across the country face this problem as the skilled labor pool diminishes through attrition. The remaining patternmakers are working longer hours trying to keep up, causing longer lead times.
Plugging Into STEP NC
CAM software companies are offering software programs that allow their users to read STEP-NC files into their existing CAM software to generate the tool path and output for specific CNC machines. These "plug-ins" make many of the benefits of STEP-NC available to the average machine shop today.
Enabling Manufacturing's Future Without Limits
The Internet promises to put job shops and large manufacturers on a level playing field that extends around the world, but first they have to be able to exchange high level process models. (2002 Guide To Metalworking On The Internet)
The Right Start For A Fine Finish
Developers of CAM software have introduced many programming features for the initial removal of excess stock prior to finishing operations. By preparing the workpiece surface for more effective finishing, these roughing routines often determine how efficiently a CNC machining center can perform.
CAM Software Makes Responsiveness A Cash Crop
This company provides design and engineering services to oil drillers, cell phone service providers, companies that make clean water systems and any other business looking for effective problem-solving done at breakneck speed.
PC CAM Selection In An Evolving Market
In a mature market, choosing the right software for the personal computers you use to create programs for your CNC machine tools can be tricky. Here are some guidelines to help you find the software that best meets your needs.
The Right CAM Program Helps Machine Maker Meet Mandate
Mueller Tool and Machine's main focus is designing and building machinery that forms and finishes copper-tubing fittings for the plumbing and heating marketplace. Not available commercially, its custom machinery includes machines for facing copper fittings, and hydraulic presses with closed-loop programmable ram-control--which automate the push-forming of copper elbows.
CAM Means Mission Productivity
The primary mission of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the exploration of the solar system and extend outward to the search for extra-solar planetary systems. Tools such as this software system are brought in at ground level.
A Solid Footing
When a manual pattern maker stepped up to CNC machining, he needed a simple way to write tool paths for his complex patterns. He found it. He also found a source of revenue he never anticipated.
Manufacturer Finds The Right Cam System
This manufacturer found that its new CAM system was difficult to use, and although they had invested time and money in training, their highly skilled programmer consistently outperformed the system using his own skills, a calculator, and a pad of paper.