2.5D Solids

2.5D Solids

GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids provides significant surface and solid modeling capabilities. Functionality to directly machine surfaces and solids is also included. With this module, you have the ability to create, import and modify solid models and then generate programs to machine them. Specialized tools are also provided to import, repair and automatically solidify surface data. Using GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids, CNC programs can be created faster and easier, making you more efficient and productive.

Powerful Solid Modeling

Whether you import solid models from a CAD system, create your own from scratch, or modify an imported solid to create a manufacturable version, GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids provides a full range of solid modeling functionality with advanced functionality like history trees to support you.vAnd GibbsCAM's industry leading ease-of-use makes working with solids straight forward and understandable. With GibbsCAM 2.5D Solid's powerful solid modeling tools, you'll be able to take full advantage of solid modeling technology.

Import and Repair Surface Models

Even with the transition to solids, CAD systems are still generating surface models that need to be imported and machined. With GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids you can read in surface models and then repair any problems you encounter with a broad range of surface modeling tools. You can also create your own surfaces for machining. If you still work with surface models, GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids can still cut your jobs and provide a great migration path to solids-based machining.

Automatic Solidification

With GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids, you don’t have to start with solid models to take advantage of solids-based machining. Surface models, whether imported or created, can be automatically stitched together to create solid models which can then be further modified using GibbsCAM's solid modeling tools or machined directly. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids provides you with the tools you need to transition from surface-based to solids-based CAM.

Directly Machine 2.5D Solids

Not only do solid models provide considerable advantages during design, but solid models also have many advantages during machining. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids' machining functionalities were developed to not only allow users to directly machine solids, but to specifically take advantage of the additional information available in solids resulting in improved performance, reliability and efficiency.

Solids Positioning Tools

Since solid models are the main building block within GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids, powerful positioning tools are supplied to allow you to quickly and easily yet precisely position and orient solids. Not only are these tools extremely useful when modeling a single part made up of multiple pieces, but they can significantly streamline setting up part models in fixturing. With GibbsCAM 2.5D solids you can focus on how things need to be placed, not how to calculate the rotations and transformations to get them there.


Identifying the manufacturable features in a part is a common starting point for a program. The Profiler, an innovative interface to interactively define features like bosses, slots, and pockets, is included in GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids. Unlike automatic feature recognition, the Profiler gives the user complete control over the geometric elements which are included in a feature. The Profiler can also interactively derive geometry which is used for machining. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids' robust feature-based machining provides the user with powerful programming tools.

Automatic Feature Recognition (Holes)

Hole-making occupies close to 80% of machining time with most production machining jobs. Holes also represent a significant amount of programming time in production parts. Fortunately, holes are also fairly well-behaved features in solid models. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids provides an automatic feature recognition (AFR) capability that identifies holes along with their position and orientation, and also determines various hole aspects (chamfer, counter-sink/bore, bottom condition) based on the hole's geometry. Leveraging GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids' AFR capability you can improve your hole-making efficiency and quality.

Hole Manager

With hole-making occupying close to 80% of production parts’ machining time how you identify, group and program holes becomes extremely important. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids provides the Hole Manager as a front-end to processing hole features. The Hole Manager displays the parameters of holes allowing you to group them for processing. The Hole AFR is integrated with the Hole Manager allowing automatically identified hole features to be directly loaded into it. The Hole Wizard is similarly integrated allowing hole information to be directly passed for automatic tooling and toolpath generation. With GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids your hole-making productivity is streamlined and overall quality is improved.