BY BILL GIBBS, FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, GIBBS & ASSOCIATES
My Fall column is easier to write in even years, when we have just returned from IMTS. This year was a great IMTS for GibbsCAM in many ways. For those of you who weren’t able to visit us, we had a great booth location right out in front, an island that exhibitors could approach from any side. We also had a new booth this year, fresh, bright and very open. This is the second IMTS where we have shared our booth with our sister product CimatronE. Traffic was up this year with a lot of positive buzz from companies looking to increase their capabilities.
Last newsletter’s quiz mentioned three kinds of help provided within GibbsCAM, and we were a little surprised at the response. For anyone who has ever wondered, “What’s this thingie?” or “How do I find the Xxxx option?” or even, “Where’s the manual?” we have this to say:
Help is at your fingertips.
When Mike Dufford got his first look at GibbsCAM in 1986, he was impressed by the software’s efficiency, flexibility and ease of use. An endorsement like that from the early days of CAM software—and, for that matter, the personal computer—would not normally carry much weight. However, Mr. Dufford’s company, Altech Machining, still uses GibbsCAM today, and he says the company still benefits from the very same advantages that attracted him to the software more than 20 years ago. “It does a lot, it does it well, and it has the flexibility to let you do things the way you prefer, with various options to machine anything,” he says.