GibbsCAM Success Stories


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CAM Software Helps Shop Eliminate the Middle Man

Reprinted From Modern Machine Shop Magazine, October 2016

 

  CAM Software Helps Shop Eliminate the Middle Man

Hand Bender – The Country Guitarist's Best Friend

  Hand Bender

Learning from Experience

CNC machines, software, drive growth
From Shop Metalworking Technology, August 2015

  CNC machines, software, drive growth for BC machine shop

Programming, Macros Automate CAM’s Reach

Reprinted From Manufacturing Engineering, May 2015

  Programming Macros Automate CAM’s Reach

CAM System Aids with Productivity and Simplifies Complex Parts

Reprinted From Production Machining, March 2015

  CAM System Aids with Productivity and Simplifies Complex Parts

New Business Venture Enabled by CNC and CAM Software

Reprinted From Manufacturing News, January 2015

  New Business Venture Enabled by CNC and CAM Software

Software Helps Race-Team Mechanics Become CNC Programmer-Machinists

Reprinted From Modern Machine Shop Magazine, December 2014

  Software Helps Race-Team Mechanics Become CNC Programmer-Machinists

Reengineering of a CAM Engine

Reprinted From Production Machining Magazine, August 2014

  Reengineering of a CAM Engine

Gaining Independence and Productivity with a CAM System

Reprinted From CNC-West Magazine, April/May 2014

  Gaining Independence and Productivity with a CAM System

Bullseye! Bow Manufacturer Hits All of Its Production Targets By Machining With Tombstone Fixtures

Reprinted From Tooling & Production Magazine, April 2014

  Bow Manufacturer Hits All of Its Production Targets

The Precimax Road to Success

Reprinted From Metalworking Canada Magazine, May 2014

  The Precimax Road to Success

Volumetric Machining Lightens Intake Manifolds

Reprinted From Manufacturing Engineering Magazine, April 2014

  Volumetric Machining Lightens Intake Manifolds

Bullseye! Bow Manufacturer Hits All of Its Production Targets By Machining With Tombstone Fixtures

Reprinted From Tooling & Production Magazine, April 2014

  Bow Manufacturer Hits All of Its Production Targets By Machining With Tombstone Fixtures

CAM Software Enables Machining Complex Parts Faster, in More Ways

Reprinted From PRODUCTION MACHINING Magazine, March 2014

  CAM Software Enables Machining Complex Parts Faster, in More Ways

Sweet Spots Reduce Roughing Cycles by 400 Percent

From Fabricating & Metalworking, June/July 2013

  Sweet Spots Reduce Roughing Cycles by 400 Percent

Job Shop Thrives on Specialized Software

From Modern Machine Shop, February 2014

  Job Shop Thrives on Specialized Software

Carolina Shop's Direct Machining of Solid Models Provides Fast Turnaround for Parts and Profits

From Tooling & Production, April 2013

  Carolina Shop's Direct Machining of Solid Models Provides Fast Turnaround for Parts and Profits

Process Improvements and Machine Investments Boost Productivity on Westcoast Shop Floor

From MP&P, August/September 2013

  Process improvements and machine investments boost productivity

Enticing Students to Manufacturing

From CNC West, August/September 2013

  Enticing Students to Manufacturing

Motorcycle Engines Get Electronic Makeover

From Manufacturing Engineering, May 2013

  Motorcycle Engines Get Electronic Makeover

BRC Engineering Grows with Own Product Line, Multi-tasking Investments

From Metalworking Production & Purchasing, June/July 2013

  BRC Engineering Grows with Own Product Line, Multi-tasking Investments

Redlining GibbsCAM Makes Toolpaths the Easiest Part of Lights Out Machining at BC Job Shop

From Shop Metalworking Technology, June/July 2013

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A Big Move to Small-Parts Manufacturing

From Modern Machine Shop, June 2013

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Never the Same Old Grind

From Today's Medical Developments Magazine, January/February 2013.

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Autodesk User Combines 5-Axis with GibbsCAM MTM

From Tooling & Production, November 2012.

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Moving in With a Customer

From Modern Machine Shop, December 2012.

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CAM Puts Design Shop on Route to Success

From Manufacturing Engineering, October 2012.

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Exceeding Expectations with Multitask Machining

Implementing a multitasking machine with new CAM software enabled setup and production time reductions for the shop.

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Forging Ahead with Solar Energy

Taylor Forge Engineered Systems knew an investment in GibbsCAM software would pay off after witnessing a customer edit a program in 15 minutes, and then horizontally mill the part in 45 minutes.

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Smashing Cycle-Time Barriers

As Seen in CNC-West

A Machining-Programming Expert Solves Tough Cycle-time Challenges with GibbsCAM.

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Soft Landing for Distributor Making Hard Parts

Reprinted from Production Machining, March 2012

How Avmat Aviation Materials Management started their own in house machining operation and made it successful.

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Antenna Maker Tunes in to CAM

Reprinted from Manufacturing Engineering, March 2012

R.A. Miller Industries (RAMI; Grand Haven, MI) began making antennas for the military in 1956, eventually expanding antenna production to the automotive industry (for long-haul trucks), as well as to the general aviation and marine markets.

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Rolls-Royce Propels Business Growth With 3D Investment

Reprinted from Metalworking Production and Purchasing, February/March 2012

When a client has a tight delivery timeline, the best companies deliver no matter what the obstacles. Obstacles are exactly what Rolls-Royce Canada’s Marine division in Vancouver (Vancouver Facility) faced when it needed to machine, assemble and deliver two controllable pitch propeller hubs for a ferry that was to be in drydock for only two weeks.

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CAM System Offers Legacy of Speed, Flexibility

Reprinted from Modern Machine Shop, February 2012

Problem: Need to respond quickly and flexibly to customer needs
Solution: GibbsCAM CAM software from Gibbs & Associates
Results: Faster, easier programming

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Medical Start-Up with Healthy Practices

Reprinted from Manufacturing Engineering, November 2011

With the economy barely showing signs of recovery and the demand for goods and services still depressed, one could wonder about the reasoning behind starting a manufacturing business, and probably find no encouragement. Not so for Paul Beckwith, founder of TraTek Inc. (Noblesville, IN). Beckwith claims to have no secret formula for starting a specialized machining operation in a difficult economy, but he has clear advantages.

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CAM Delivers

Reprinted from Today's Energy Solutions, July 2011

When Weatherford International Ltd. bought Oil Country Manufacturing, creating Weatherford Oil Country Manufacturing, the job shop was forced to step up production threefold. One of their major challenges was finding a CAM package that allowed them to use Weatherford's corporate CAD standard, Pro/Engineer, while still allowing them to use geometry from their company standard, Ashlar-Vellum's Graphite.

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Five Axis Software Drives Four-Axis Machining Gains

Reprinted from Modern Machine, June 2011

Shops don’t necessarily need five-axis machine tools to take advantage of five-axis programming strategies. Consider the experience of tunneling equipment manufacturer Akkerman Inc., a shop that uses five-axis CAM software to great effect for programming rotary fourth-axis machining operations. In fact, the company credits that software, GibbsCAM from Gibbs and Associates (Moorpark, California), for boosting flexibility, simplifying the machining of its most complex parts and reducing programming time.

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How Center Rock Sees Setups

Reprinted from Modern Machine Shop, April 2011

Center Rock Inc., the company that made the rock drills used to free the Chilean miners last year, is exploring the right level of multitask machining. Just because the company can produce some of its bits with very few setups, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it should.

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Programming a New Growth Plan

Reprinted from Metalworking Production & Purchasing, April 2011

The mark of a successful job shop is the ability to meet and exceed client needs, whatever the project on the floor. KDM Oilfield Manufacturing of Nisku, Alberta, went a step above and beyond that when it invested in a new 5-axis machine to help a client get out of a bind.

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New CAM Feature Halves Roughing Time

At Norfolk Specialties, GibbsCAM’s plunge roughing routines have cut machining time in half and quadrupled tool life. The second shop, Ouverson Engineering and Machine, enjoys similar benefits. On one job, for example, the technique improved tool life by approx­imately 88 percent and halved cycle time.

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Software Speeds Multitask Machining

Well-honed CNC programming skills and automated programming of multitasking machines (MTM) have enabled Sunnen Products Company (St. Louis) to increase production for two of its complex tool families.

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Spinal Fusion Cages

Mendell, Inc. has come a long way since its founding in 1965. Their growth is related to having good employee knowledge of medical device manufacturing, being meticulous about accuracy, being driven to get things done, and having a speedy design-to-production process.

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Making Music in Metal

As Seen in CNC-West April/May 2010 Issue

Most contract manufacturers are generally satisfied to produce high-quality products on time to customer specifications and at a profit. At Goleta, CA’s 66-year-old Neal Feay Company, however, one additional major requirement has been added.

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Shop Delivers for Urgent Need

Reprinted from the March 2010 Production Machining Magazine

Sometimes the need for one shop to turn a job around in a matter of days is brought on by the failure of another shop to deliver on its much longer production schedule. EMC Precision Machining (Elyria, Ohio) delivers in these situations, taking on jobs that other shops have not been able to complete in time.

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VoluMill Gives 10x Feedrate for Performance

Performance Tool and Die (PTD), a leading tooling provider for the automotive, agriculture, and recreation industries, was looking for ways to decrease forces on the material during cutting, increase tool life, and reduce cycle time—seemingly contradictory objectives.

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Multitasking Software Turns A Profit

Reprinted from Manufacturing Engineering, October 2009

Paul Precision Machine (Tulsa, OK) investigated and purchased GibbsCAM for use on their Doosan turning centers. With software and machines working together, they wanted to remove wasted labor and make parts in a single-machine operation.

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Programming MTM Machines with Integrated Synchronization and Simulation

Reprinted from American Machinist, June 2009

In collaboration with software developer Gibbs and Associates, the Mori Seiki laboratories ensured that the popular GibbsCAM software could go beyond programming the Mori Seiki NT and NZ multi-tasking machines upon their introductions.

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Mission To Mars: CAM System Aids Rover Production

Reprinted from Modern Machine Shop, July 2009

As a supplier to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Next Intent manufactured components for robotic vehicles that have been exploring the surface of Mars. GibbsCAM CAM software played an important role in the shop’s ability to machine these vehicles’ complex components.

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One-Part Solution with Huge Payoff

Reprinted from Production Machining

Machine shops prioritize different challenges daily, but some challenged are more critical than others. Precise Products Corporation (Minneapolis) was faced with a challenge when one of its original customers asked the company to reduce the cost of a family of parts or risk losing the job.

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Happy Marriage: Art and Machining

Reprinted from CNC-West, April/May 2009

Kevin Binkert of Standard Metal Products (SMP), in San Francisco, California, started out producing mechanical contraptions that had no purpose other than challenge the creators and amaze audiences at art festivals and large-scale robotics exhibitions. SMP's work is still amazing audiences, but their diverse capabilities are what keep them busy in a tough economy.

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They Don't Crash at Nash

Reprinted from Tooling & Production, January/February 2009

Multi-axis machining is so different from 3-axis machining at times that it can be daunting. A North Carolina community college is teaching that the costs and fears can be overcome with training, simple modification to 3-axis machines and simulation software.

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Taking Risk Out of Oil Industry Machining

Reprinted from Manufacturing Engineering, February 2009

By late 2001, High Tech Components (Broussard, LA) had several manual machines and three CNC machines, where it faced new challenges related to programming. The CNCs had to be programmed manually, making complex parts cumbersome to program.

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CAM For Multitasking Operations

Reprinted from Production Machining, March 2009

While Accutech Machine’s (Salt Lake City) new Mori Seiki multitasking NT has provided notable production advantages, it’s the preliminary programming work that Steve Russell (programmer and machine operator) does in GibbsCAM that really makes this machine the success it is for the company.

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CAM System Eliminates Operations on Big Parts

Reprinted from Modern Machine Shop, November 2008

Rather than complicated geometry or other production issues, the greatest difficulties at Bucyrus International (Milwaukee, WI) often involve setup and changeover between operations—the actual moving and positioning of these monstrous workpieces.

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At Big Dog, They're Big on GibbsCAM

Reprinted from American Machinist, September 2008

In a private garage in Burbank, Calif., three people repair, restore and maintain a fleet of vehicles for a well-known motoring enthusiast. This is Big Dog Garage, The Tonight Show Host Jay Leno’s passion and playground, where his crew keeps vehicles roadworthy.

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Shop Races Ahead Using CAM Software

Reprinted from Production Machining, August 2008

In 2001, after moving to a new facility and having success with its lathe and elementary software, Robby Gordon’s SR Machining (Anaheim, CA) purchased a mill. To drive it, and allow for future expansion, they chose the lathe and four-axis mill modules of GibbsCAM from Gibbs and Associates.

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Going Nuclear

Reprinted from Machining Magazine, July/August 2008

GibbsCAM (and a 21-tool, 3-axis Fanuc Robodrill CNC machining center) are featured and credited for the machining of over 30 assemblies from 6061-T65 aluminum billet, many of them prominent in the award-winning ’67 Mustang Reactor.

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Job Shop Growth on Software, Systems

Reprinted from Manufacturing Engineering, May 2008

With a used Fadal 4020 HT, a Haas 20 × 50 VF4, JobBoss , QuickBooks and GibbsCAM Cobalt Enterprises started machining in September 2004. By the end of December, Cobalt had done $69,000 in business, and was moving fast.

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The Second Time Around

Reprinted from CNC-West, February/March 2008 Issue

David Jordan of Inverse Solutions, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA) went looking for software that could read a solid, and program directly from the solid. “It had to be easy to learn,” he says. “Another big thing for me at the time was what kind of support we could get.”

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Winning In the Clutch

Reprinted from Tooling & Production, September 2007

To handle new jobs, Chris Nachtmann learned NC programming with the aid of GibbsCAM Production Mill. “It was easy to learn, and helped me save the business,” acknowledges Nachtmann. “I learned to model and machine everything with wire-frame geometry and really cranked out parts.”

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Necessity is the Mother of Trunnions

Reprinted from Modern Applications News, September 2007

Star Metal Products (Westlake, OH) needed the accuracy of a horizontal CNC, but found the cost prohibitive. The company thought a trunnion added to its VMC would provide the rotary capability with the trunnion supported on both ends. It turned out the firm was more than 10 years ahead of its time.

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Shop Survives by Taking on the Difficult Work

Reprinted from Machining, July/August 2007

In 2000, Blue Chip (Ramsey, MN) had taken on the job of developing a machining process for a boat propeller manufacturer. “I knew we could do the job,” says Founder Rick Denny, “but we needed an advanced CAM system to handle the surface machining. That’s why we decided to purchase GibbsCAM.”

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Reverse Engineering Paves the Way

Reprinted from Modern Machine Shop, March 2007

When the rocker arm on a Harley-Davidson Knucklehead motorcycle engine broke, it became apparent to Apex CNC (Morgan City, LA) that it would have to reverse engineer the entire line to produce the parts on modern equipment. 
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CAM Programming Meets Need for Speed

Reprinted from Manufacturing Engineering, March 2007

Ed Pink Racing Engines (EPRE; Van Nuys, CA) purchased a VF3 VMC from Haas  Automation Inc. with Haas CNC control to help them manufacture parts on a timely and consistent basis. In order to take full advantage of the machine, they needed the right software.

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Polaris Industries Hits the Jackpot

Reprinted from Machining, April 2006

Engineers and designers at Polaris Industries (Medina, MN) develop their designs in Parametric Technology Corps (PTC) Pro/Engineer software and then hand them off to the development machinist in the fabrication shop, who is responsible for making the designs a reality using GibbsCAM.

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Machinist, Heal Thyself

Reprinted from CNC-West, Feb/Mar 2006

Rick Harp—founder-president of Carlsbad, CA’s Innovative Medical Designs Inc., a company that designs and produces tools for use by the medical device industry—literally took the admonition, “Physician, heal thyself,” to heart.

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Software Unleashes Multitasking Machine's Potential

by Leo Rakowski, Editor (Production Machining November/December 2004)

Since Pacific Tool Inc. (Redmond, Washington) opened its doors in the late 1960s, the tool and die shop has built a reputation for its ability to handle jobs involving multiple machining operations.The multiple operations typically required several setups on several different machine tools. Setup costs were tolerable when they could be spread over large job runs, but in recent years the shop has seen a dramatic decline in average order size. Customers began placing smaller orders on a more frequent basis. The smaller orders resulted in a greater number of setups, which dragged down uptime on the shop's machines. The company was not about to turn its back on the multiple-operation jobs that were its specialty. However, it needed to reduce setups to remain competitive....

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New Software Technologies Make Faster, Better, Cheaper a Reality

by Mitchell T. Bossart, Author (Moldmaking Technology Magazine, March 2005)

Ed Ingram started Plasticraft Manufacturing in 1972 as a small plastic molding facility, and today it employs more than 120 people in its 175,000-square foot Alabama facility—running three shifts five days a week. A newer plant in Iowa, created primarily to better service a key customer, employs an additional 40 people. The company does the majority of its work for the office furniture industry, designing and building nearly 80 percent of its molds in-house. However, there was a time when Plasticraft had a large and profitable business in the power tool industry. Then, out of the blue, the power tool industry moved 95 percent of its work to China, virtually overnight.

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Reaching the Outer Limits

Reprinted from Tooling & Production, March 2004

  Reaching the Outer Limits