Solids Import

Solids Import

GibbsCAM Solids Import provides entry-level support for machining solid models. Solid models can be read, viewed and manipulated. Geometry can be selected and extracted for machining. Using this option you can import a solid model, view it, extract geometry from selected edges, which can then be machined. This option is ideal for users who have been machining wireframe geometry who want to expand their capabilities to support rudimentary machining of solids.

Entry-Level Solids Support

Solid models are becoming more and more common in manufacturing as a source data type. Solid models provide more accurate geometry than other formats reducing errors. GibbsCAM Solids Import is the base technology upon which GibbsCAM’s range of solids-based options is built on. If you are ready to step-up to solids, Solids Import provides basic support for machining solid models in an easy-to-use environment. Easing into solids was never easier.

Native Parasolid Support

Solid models are available in a wide variety of formats, from industry standards like STEP, to CAD system specific formats, to kernel modeler formats. Support for Parasolid files, a kernel modeler format widely used by numerous popular CAD systems, such as Solid Edge and SolidWorks, is provided with GibbsCAM Solids Import. Sharing a common modeling kernel ensures that CAD models in Parasolid format can be directly read into GibbsCAM, viewed and manipulated. Build your solids-based technology on a solid foundation.

Solid Viewing

Solid models provide a more complete representation than wireframe or surface models which allows them to be more accurately rendered. GibbsCAM Solids Import provides a variety of display modes to display solids allowing you to chose which you prefer given what you’re doing. GibbsCAM innovative virtual track ball allows you to dynamically orient your view, while also providing quick access to standard views. Get a solid view on what you’re machining.

Extract Geometry from Solids

Solid models contain both wireframe and surface geometry providing you with the richest amount of geometric data. And solid models ensure accurate edge geometry between surfaces. With GibbsCAM Solids Import, you can extract a solid model’s wireframe geometry, which corresponds to the edges of a part, and directly machine from it. Or if necessary, you can modify the extracted geometry before machining it. Take advantage of solid model accuracy.

Slice Solids

Solid models contain both wireframe and surface geometry providing you with the richest amount of geometric data. Sometimes though, where you want to machine is not necessarily defined by an existing edge. GibbsCAM Solids Import allows you to generate wireframe geometry by cutting the solid with a plane. The resulting geometry can then be machined or further manipulated. Get solid capability built on solids technology.

Foundation for Solids-Based Options

Solids introduce a whole new range of capabilities from data exchange, to visualization, to machining, to verification. With GibbsCAM Solids Import you have the option to seamlessly add additional capabilities further expanding your solids-based technology. Read in CAD data in other solid formats, such as this ACIS file, or CATIA V4 or V5, Pro/ENGINEER, and STEP AP203 or AP214. Grow at your own pace while protecting your investment.