Tombstone Management System
The Tombstone Management System (TMS) was developed specifically to simplify and streamline the multi-part setup, programming, toolpath verification, and post processing for tombstone machining. Within a single, interactive graphic interface, the TMS dialog provides all the options and flexibility required for CNC programmers to specify and modify machining strategies and generate efficient, error-free G-code ready for your machines.Download GibbsCAM TMS Datasheet
GibbsCAM TMS provides:
- The ability to create a part and fixture combination and have it automatically duplicated in a layout.
- Various options to locate and arrange parts on a tombstone face automatically.
- The flexibility to arrange a different part on each face or mix parts on each face.
- The ability to program parts or faces at different Z levels.
- The choice of duplicating an arrangement across all faces or creating different arrangements on each face.
- The ability to add or clear operations for exceptions on each face like part features or machining operations blocked by adjacent workpieces.
- The ability to set different safe distances for traversing from part to part and indexing (rotating) from one face to the next.
- Options for optimizing cycle time by tool, by tool and part, or by tombstone face.
- Support of subroutines, canned cycles, and B-rotation positions in the G-code output.
- The ability to generate CNC code in single-part mode to prove setup and machining before running a fully-loaded tombstone.
Optimization is typically dependent on grouping similar or identical operations together to minimize tool changes and rotations of the tombstone. TMS lets the programmer:
- Group operations by tool to minimize tool changes. Perform machining of part features with a single tool in order and across all parts before making a tool change.
- Group operations by tool and part to minimize traverses. Complete all operations with a tool on a workpiece before moving to the next workpiece. Or the programmer can choose to have a tool perform a single operation in a group before moving to the next group.
- Complete all operations on a face before moving to another to minimize tombstone rotation.
TMS provides tools for choosing among these options and automatically sorts the toolpath so that it can be verified and tested. Easily correct any problems by returning to the TMS dialog and making the necessary modification.
By enhancing TMS with GibbsCAM Machine Simulation, the programmer can render and dynamically simulate the entire setup including tombstone, parts, fixtures, tools, tool holders, and all moving machine tool components to test for interference, collision, and cycle time. Simulation also tracks X-Y-Z positions to prevent tools from exceeding a machine’s travel limits.
When the programmer is satisfied with the result, a single click in TMS generates a post-processed G-code program for the entire tombstone of parts.
Required: TMS requires 2.5D Solids or SolidSurfacer and a customized post processor to generate the appropriate G-code.
Recommended: While not required, we highly recommend Machine Simulation to visualize TMS output properly.