CAM Software Streamlines CNC Programming
IMTS 2018: 3D Systems’ GibbsCAM 13 is the latest version of the company’s GibbsCAM CAM programming software.
3D Systems’ GibbsCAM 13 is the latest version of the company’s GibbsCAM CAM programming software.
Improvements in this version include broaching, a G-code editor and the ability to program parts that require elliptical and eccentric turning, such as camshafts. Turning enhancements include control over non-cutting tool movement, automatic chip breaking and bar chamfering.
Programming a robot with the same CAM software used for a multi-axis machine tool makes it unnecessary to “teach” the robot by jogging it manually from point to point and recording these point-to-point moves as the robot’s motion commands. Robotmaster is a software package that provides this CAD/CAM-based, off-line programming for robots. It runs fully integrated inside Mastercam CAM software for CNC machine tools.
Direct numerical control (DNC) should solve problems, not create them. If you under-stand how DNC works and follow the tips presented in this article, you can maximize its benefits and avoid headaches with your system. Part One of a two-part series.
The many rules of programming CNC cutter radius compensation can make machining problems difficult to diagnose and correct.