GibbsCAM Options

One interface. Multiple uses. GibbsCAM grows with you.

GibbsCAM is organized as a single application. When you add options, you are not forced to learn a new interface. Instead, all options are integrated into the familiar, user-friendly interface. The software is configured for your initial requirements and expanded as your needs grow. We protect your investment in both software and training.

Production Turning

GibbsCAM Production Turning supports full 2-axis wireframe machining with full functionality for contouring, …

Solids Import

The Solids Import option provides entry-level support to machine solid models. Solid models can be read, view…

2.5D Solids

GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids includes significant surface and solid modeling capabilities and the functionality to ma…


Polar and Cylindrical Milling

The Polar and Cylindrical Milling option drives one rotary and two linear axes to achieve a 3-axis toolpath. …

Radial Milling

The GibbsCAM Rotary Milling option drives one rotary and three linear axes to achieve a 4-axis toolpath. It p…

5-Axis MultiBlade

An addition to GibbsCAM 5-Axis Milling, GibbsCAM 5-Axis MultiBlade is optimized for programming machining cen…

Multi-Task Machining

Specifically designed to address the CNC programming requirements of complex, multi-task machining (MTM) tool…

Tombstone Management System

The Tombstone Management System (TMS) was developed specifically to simplify and streamline the multi-part se…

Machine Simulation

An extension to the GibbsCAM integrated Cut Part Rendering visualization/verification capability, Machine Sim…

Wire EDM

Designed to handle the most demanding wire EDM (electrical discharge machining) programs while being easy-to-…


VoluMill™ for GibbsCAM is an ultra-high performance toolpath (UHPT) option that uses a continuous, high-speed…

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Quickly and easily probe raw stock position and set work offsets before staring machining work. Reduced setup times and avoided scrap saves money…

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Hybrid Manufacturing

GibbsCAM Hybrid Machining is a fully-integrated hybrid solution, capable of programming metal deposition (DED) additive and hybrid CNC machines…

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Production Turning

GibbsCAM Production Turning supports full 2-axis wireframe machining with full functionality for contouring, automatic roughing, multiple hills and valleys, plunge roughing, threading, repetitive shape roughing, drilling, tapping, and boring. Advanced functionalities like maintaining an awareness of the current stock condition make programming lathes easy and efficient. GibbsCAM Production Turning provides easy-to-use, powerful capabilities for programming your turning centers.

Production Systems: Milling, Turning, and Mill-Turn data sheet

Full 2-Axis Programming

GibbsCAM Production Turning provides a full range of functionality to define processes for efficiently machining 2-axis parts from wireframe geometry.

Graphical Tool Definition

The GibbsCAM Production Turning graphical user interface displays the user key dimensions so you can create error-free tooling easily. It supports a wide variety of predefined tool types and user-defined form tools.

Start/End Point Control

With GibbsCAM Production Turning, you have complete control over where you initially position the tool to start machining to where you finish machining. Automatically generate approach extensions if the tool is started off the machined profile.

Advanced Roughing Routines

GibbsCAM Production Turning provides a full range of roughing routines like turn roughing cycles for plunge roughing with automatic shoulder stroking and pattern shift roughing with constant path and constant step over choices.

Material Awareness

GibbsCAM Production Turning maintains an awareness of remaining stock material to calculate entry/exit and toolpath moves automatically, which reduces programming time and eliminates air-cutting. Knowing the location of the remaining stock enables the system to define rapids that avoid material automatically.

Tool Approach Control

With GibbsCAM Production Turning, you can define toolpaths so the tool cuts in both forward and reverse directions or in one direction only. No tool dragging automatically calculates optimal cutting toolpaths, so the tool always cuts in a forward insert direction.

Canned Cycle Support

Production Turning provides support for a wide range of canned cycles like face, OD/ID and casting canned-cycles for roughing and finishing operations, and most drill-type cycles.


GibbsCAM Production Turning includes a built-in library for all popular thread form data so you can program threads quickly and accurately.

Profile Boring and Facing

Use a U-axis programmable head on a milling or mill/turn center to machine variable-profile bores, bosses, and faces, using the same easy-to-learn programming tools and techniques as turning on a lathe.  Turn, mill, bore, broach, and more, all in one part program.

Advanced Turning Kinematics

GibbsCAM Production Turning includes built-in support for interpolated, eccentric, and elliptical turning, on both milling and turning centers.  Machine high-quality off-center turned features on large or awkward parts at any orientation.  Take advantage of native support for advanced control features such as Okuma Turn-Cut and Mazak Orbiturn.

Solids Import

The Solids Import option provides entry-level support to machine solid models. Solid models can be read, viewed, and manipulated. You can select and extract geometry for machining. With Solids Import, you can import a solid model, view it, and extract geometry from selected edges, which you can then machine. This option is ideal if you machine wireframe geometry and want to expand your capabilities to support rudimentary solids machining.

GibbsCAM Solids data sheet

Entry-Level Solids Support

Solid models are more and more common in manufacturing as a source data type. Solid models provide more accurate geometry than other formats, which reduces errors. GibbsCAM solids-based options are built on the Solids Import option. If you are ready to step up to solids, Solids Import provides basic support to machine solid models in an easy-to-use environment so that you can ease into solids.

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. GibbsCAM Solids Import supports Parasolid files, a kernel modeler format widely used by numerous popular CAD systems like Siemens Solid Edge® and SOLIDWORKS®. Sharing a common modeling kernel ensures that you can read CAD models in Parasolid format directly into GibbsCAM and then view and manipulate them. 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 render more accurately. You can choose from a variety of solids display modes. You can orient your view dynamically while also providing quick access to standard views with the innovative GibbsCAM virtual trackball. Get a solid view of what you are machining.

Extracting Geometry from Solids

Solid models contain both wireframe and surface geometry for 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 you machine it. Take advantage of solid model accuracy.

Slicing Solids

Sometimes, where you want to machine is not necessarily defined by an existing edge. With GibbsCAM Solids Import, you can generate wireframe geometry by cutting the solid with a plane. You can then machine or further manipulate the resulting geometry. 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 can choose to add additional capabilities seamlessly, which further expands your solids-based technology. Read in CAD data in other solid formats like ACIS files, CATIA V4 or V5, Pro/ENGINEER, and STEP AP203 or AP214. Grow at your own pace while you protect your investment.

2.5D Solids

GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids includes significant surface and solid modeling capabilities and the functionality to machine surfaces and solids directly. Create, import, and modify solid models and then generate programs to machine them. Use specialized tools to import, repair, and automatically solidify surface data. Increase your efficiency and productivity by creating CNC programs faster and more easily.

GibbsCAM Solids data sheet

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. And its industry-leading ease-of-use makes working with solids straightforward and easy-to-understand. With its powerful solid modeling tools, you can take full advantage of solid modeling technology.

Importing and Repairing Surface Models

Even with the transition to solids, CAD systems still generate surface models that must be imported and machined. With GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids, you can read in surface models and then repair any problems that you encounter with a broad range of surface modeling tools. And you can 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 do not have to start with solid models to take advantage of solids-based machining. Automatically stitch surface models, whether imported or created, together to create solid models that can then be further modified with the GibbsCAM solid modeling tools or machined directly. Access the tools you need to transition from surface-based to solids-based CAM.

Directly Machining 2.5D Solids

Not only do solid models provide considerable advantages during design, but they also offer many advantages during machining. GibbsCAM developed machining functionalities so that users can machine solids directly and take advantage of the additional information available in solids, which results in improved performance, reliability, and efficiency.

Solids Positioning Tools

Since solid models are the main building block within GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids, it supplies powerful positioning tools so you can position and orient solids quickly, easily, and precisely. Not only are these tools extremely useful when modeling a single part made up of multiple pieces, but they can streamline setting up part models in fixturing significantly. 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. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids includes the Profiler, an innovative interface that interactively defines features like bosses, slots, and pockets. Unlike automatic feature recognition, the Profiler gives you complete control over the geometric elements that are included in a feature. The Profiler can also derive geometry interactively for machining. Its robust, feature-based machining provides you with powerful programming tools.

Automatic Feature Recognition (Holes)

Hole-making occupies close to 80 percent 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. Leverage the AFR capability to improve your hole-making efficiency and quality.

Hole Manager

Streamline hole-making productivity and improve overall quality. With hole-making occupying close to 80 percent of production parts’ machining time, how you identify, group, and program holes are extremely important. The Hole Manager is a front-end to processing hole features that displays the parameters of holes and enables you to group them for processing. The Hole AFR is integrated with the Hole Manager so that you can identify hole features to be directly loaded into it automatically. The Hole Wizard is similarly integrated so that hole information is passed directly for automatic tooling and toolpath generation.


The SolidSurfacer option includes high-level surface and solids modeling capabilities and advanced functionality for machining surfaces and solids. Complex surface and solid functions are made easy with the intuitive GibbsCAM graphical user interface. Use the Advanced 3D with High-Speed Machining component of SolidSurfacer to create a toolpath that is ideal for hard-metal cutting and high-speed machining for smooth surface finishes. Use SolidSurfacer to address the demanding requirements of modeling and machining complex mold, tool, and die.

GibbsCAM Solids data sheet

Extended Surface Modeling Capabilities

Though more and more parts files are provided in solid model format, surfaces still play a key part in their definition, and surface modeling for manufacturing is still a very important capability. SolidSurfacer provides extended surface modeling capabilities to handle surface creation or modification. And its powerful surface modeling functionality is easy to use.

Advanced 3D with High-Speed Machining

Advanced 3D with High-Speed Machining (HSM) expands the 3D surface and solid body machining of SolidSurfacer in many ways:

  • New types of finishing processes
  • Support for 3D material only toolpaths
  • Enhanced entry/exit control
  • Directly machining faceted bodies like imported STL files
  • Automatic core/cavity detection for inside-out or outside-in determination
  • Operation splitting for tool wear and for optimal length out of the holder
  • Automatic filleting of a surface to avoid sharp concave corners
  • Support for batch toolpath generation


Often parts have vertical walls that make them difficult to remove from molds without sliders. With SolidSurfacer, you can apply an amount of draft slightly angling vertical walls.

Automatic Parting Line Generation

You need to separate mold halves at the extents of the part to ensure that the part can be removed readily. Manually determining where the parting line should be can be a very tedious process. With SolidSurfacer, you can generate the correct parting line automatically and then use it to divide the mold halves easily.

Extract/Heal Features (For Core/Cavity or Electrodes)

Often parts include minor features that get in the way when generating toolpaths. You can suppress these features with the SolidSurfacer extract/heal feature capability, which removes the feature’s geometry and heals the surrounding area. You can use the solid, which is generated from the suppressed feature, to create cores or electrodes.

Multiple Offsets

You must consider different types of surfaces when machining: the surface that is actually being machined, the part surfaces not being machined, and any surfaces associated with fixtures. With SolidSurfacer, you can specify the offset, or how closely the tool comes, for each of these surface types. So, you’re in complete control when generating toolpaths.

3-Axis Multi-Surface Machining

Today’s parts include a variety of forms and surfaces. Applying toolpaths across multiple surfaces or over an entire solid is a key machining capability, in addition to pocketing and profiling. With SolidSurfacer, you can create gouge-free, 3-axis toolpaths easily using a variety of machining styles like lace-cut and zig-zag. You have complete control over cut parameters like direction, orientation, step-over amount, and depth. With SolidSurfacer, you can machine multiple surfaces quickly and easily.

3D Projection Machining

Sometimes you want to have direct control of the toolpath over multiple surfaces. You generate the toolpath you want and then you project it onto the surfaces to be machined. The source for the toolpath geometry can be just about anything, including text. SolidSurfacer provides a powerful capability that allows you to project geometry onto surfaces to generate final toolpath geometry.

Polar and Cylindrical Milling

The Polar and Cylindrical Milling option drives one rotary and two linear axes to achieve a 3-axis toolpath. It extends the standard 3-axis milling functions for use on machines with a rotary axis to enable wrapped geometry, cylindrical and polar rotary milling, and rotary repeats. On mills, rotation is typically around the A or B axis, while on mill-turn machines the C-axis motion replaces Y-axis motion. You can apply this C-axis motion to the face of a mill-turn part. The input may be flat or wrapped wireframe geometry.

Wrapped geometry is flat 2D geometry displayed and machined as if wrapped around a cylinder. You can create geometry in flat or wrapped mode and toggle between flat and wrapped representations. With this option, you can apply all 2D mill processes including contour, pocket, and drill to a cylinder. Because the tool is kept on the centerline of rotation, you cannot control wall angles or tool engagement.

GibbsCAM Multi-Axis Milling data sheet

This option also adds the rotary repeat function to milling processes. Output for long, multiple rotations is on a single line of G-code. Post-processed output can support a control’s cylindrical and polar interpolation functions. This option is ideal for parts defined by flat geometry, for rotary part features created by the tool’s shape like simple grooves or pockets that do not need wall control), and for machines without a Y axis.

Radial Milling

The GibbsCAM Rotary Milling option drives one rotary and three linear axes to achieve a 4-axis toolpath. It provides a roughing and a finishing mill process for off-centerline Y-axis rotary machining for control of wall angles and tool engagement. Input is 3D wire-frame geometry extracted from solids or created by other means to drive and orient the tool. Optionally, you can use surfaces to orient the tool and limit toolpath.

Tool orientation control includes cutting with the side or bottom of the tool, using a surface or two curves to control tilt, following one curve at a specified lean angle, or using progressive tool lean. Typically, it segments the toolpath, but it can optimize the toolpath helical motion.

GibbsCAM Multi-Axis Milling data sheet

5-Axis MultiBlade

An addition to GibbsCAM 5-Axis Milling, GibbsCAM 5-Axis MultiBlade is optimized for programming machining centers and multi-tasking machines (MTMs) to make turbomachinery parts. It simplifies machining parts with blades including blisks, belongs, and impellers. Easily select geometry without having to prepare the model with its specialized, condensed interface. Choose from two functionality levels for your type of work or level of specialization.

Level 1

Level 1 includes parts with single splitters and toolpath strategies that include roughing between blades with single splitter support, hub finishing, blade and splitter finishing, and automatic gouge checking on all toolpaths. It includes options for leading- and trailing-edge extension and edge-roll trimming, tilt controls, various intelligent controls for rotating toolpath segments around the part, automatic axis detection, and automatic and user-definable links and clearances.

GibbsCAM Multi-Axis Milling data sheet

Level 2

Level 2 adds support for multiple splitters and sub-splitters; blade fillet machining; tool-axis smoothing; splitter smoothing; additional control for tilt, leading, and trailing edges; toolpath segment sorting; and the ability to define stock for rest milling. Whether toolpath is generated for multi-task machines or machining centers, both levels of 5-Axis MultiBlade use the same post processors as GibbsCAM 5-Axis and the same simulation models in GibbsCAM Machine Simulation.

Multi-Task Machining

Specifically designed to address the CNC programming requirements of complex, multi-task machining (MTM) tools, GibbsCAM MTM gives you powerful programming tools that are easy to learn and use with the ultimate in flexibility.

Considering buying a multi-task machine or wondering if you are making the most of the one you already own? Download the What You Need to Know About Programming MTM Machines white paper to get answers.

Machine-Specific Setup

Multi-task machine tools represent some of the most diverse machine tool configurations available today. With GibbsCAM MTM, your machine tool’s specific configuration is captured by factory-supplied settings so that you are programming all its capabilities accurately. This way you can ensure that you are taking full advantage of your machine tool for maximum productivity.

Multiple Turrets/Spindles

Today’s multi-task machine tools incorporate a wide variety of spindle and turret combinations with no end in sight. A two-spindle, two-turret configuration is fairly common for machines, with more than two spindles or turrets becoming more and more common. GibbsCAM MTM supports an unlimited number of turrets and spindles so you can keep pace with advances in multi-task machines.

Live Tooling Support

Previously, multi-task machine tools were mainly high-end turning centers with two spindles and tool holders that sometimes included a light-use live tooling capability. Though these are still common, multi-task machine tools now incorporate more substantial live-tooling support so that you can perform more extensive milling operations. You can combine GibbsCAM MTM with any of the GibbsCAM milling options to support your multi-task machine tool’s complete range of milling operations.

Swiss-Style Machine Tools

Swiss-style machine tools are becoming extremely popular, especially for ultra-high-precision parts. Like other types of multi-task tools, Swiss-style machine tools have evolved radically and represent some of the most complex MTM configurations available. GibbsCAM MTM supports Swiss-style multi-task machine tools and provides an easy-to-use tool for programming these complex devices. With GibbsCAM MTM, supporting your Swiss-style machine tools is straight forward.

MTM overview

Utility Ops Support

Bar feeders, parts catchers, and sub spindles are just a few of the ancillary devices on a multi-task machine tool that require non-cutting utility operations to control. GibbsCAM MTM supports the entire range of utility operations used by your machine tool so that you have full control all the way to posted output.

Sync Manager

Unlike single cutting tool machine tools, multi-task machine tools apply multiple tools across one or more spindles at the same time, often in a synchronized fashion. Manually coordinating multiple process flows requires understanding many details and interdependencies. The GibbsCAM MTM Sync Manager provides an easy-to-understand, intuitive graphical interface that allows you to focus on optimizing your process. The Sync Manager handles all the underlying complexities for you. Programming multiple processes has never been easier or more efficient.

Integrated Cut Part Rendering

With the complexity of multi-flow, multi-task processes, it is extremely important to verify programs before they become expensive mistakes on your machine tools. The GibbsCAM MTM integrated Cut Part Rendering allows you to verify your programs visually, fully simulating multiple tools cutting at the same time. You can detect gouges and observe your program efficiency so that you can make adjustments to further optimize your program. See it before you machine it.

Post Processors

GibbsCAM Post Processors are developed to maximize the efficiency of your CNC Machine and ensure high quality NC code. GibbsCAM and its worldwide Reseller network has the knowledge and experience to provide fast, personalized technical support to ensure your production is continuous and your productivity is uncompromised.

Reduce cycle time, improve part quality, and increase profitability by maximizing multi-task machine and CAM software investments.

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.

GibbsCAM TMS Datasheet

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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.

Machine Simulation

An extension to the GibbsCAM integrated Cut Part Rendering visualization/verification capability, Machine Simulation uses animated machine tool models to identify any program errors before they cause costly mistakes on the shop floor.

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Opticam Wire EDM

Designed to handle the most demanding wire EDM (electrical discharge machining) programs while being easy-to-use, GibbsCAM Wire EDM supports programming 2- through 4-axis CNC wire EDM machines. GibbsCAM Wire EDM is based on the industry-leading Opticam technology from Camtek GmbH and includes post processors and technology data for all major wire EDM machine brands.

Feature Recognition

GibbsCAM Wire EDM can automatically analyze your solid or wireframe part, locating wireable geometries and automatically producing appropriate machining features.  Control undercuts, conicity, hole filtering, and other parameters to get exactly the results you need.  The results are immediately displayed graphically and conform to model changes in real time.  Or, choose faces, edges, and wireframe geometry manually to perform partial cuts and user-defined features.

2-Axis and 4-Axis EDM Machining

Automatically machine ruled and extruded surfaces, tapers, and collars.  Perform EDM pocketing in both 2-axis and 4-axis configurations. Partial pocketing combines normal roughing and pocketing to prevent the creation of extra slugs and ensure reliable unattended operation.  4-axis synchronization is completely automatic based on the solid model.

Starting and Stopping

Start holes are selected automatically for best machining conditions, or you may specify them manually to conform to material conditions or other requirements.  Gluestop tags or bridges can also be positioned and cut automatically or manually.  Lead-on and Lead-off can be configured as straight, angular, arc, or meander, with controlled overtravel.  Automatic threading and cutoff of the wire is supported, including diagonal threading.

3D Simulation

In addition to the live-updating workspace display, GibbsCAM Wire EDM includes a full 3D simulation capability to ensure safe toolpath, including display of fixturing and machine heads, taper angle and deflection checks, slug selection and removal, and cutting time calculation.

Technology Database Support

GibbsCAM Wire EDM offers original equipment technology databases for all common manufacturers.  Depending on the manufacturer, the user may either access the machine database directly through interface software, import the database from the machine, or be provided with a converted database directly.  Supported manufacturers include GF AgieCharmilles, Mitsubishi, Fanuc, Sodick, Makino, ONA, Seibu, Excetek, AccuteX, and Joemars.

Postprocessing and NC Output

The most important part of an NC programming system is the postprocessor, which generates the final NC program that runs on your machine.  GibbsCAM Wire EDM is developed in conjunction with leading machine manufacturers and includes a wide variety of high-quality, well-tested postprocessors to generate optimal and efficient NC output for all types of machines.


VoluMill™ for GibbsCAM is an ultra-high performance toolpath (UHPT) option that uses a continuous, high-speed toolpath for an optimized CNC program. These powerful, high-speed, high-material-removal-rate capabilities can help you create the fastest, most efficient toolpath for a wide variety of milling part types in your shop. The process automatically takes into account the best option for milling pockets including the tool speed plunging into the material and material removal rates. Variation in tool load is smoothed, which allows the machine to use much higher speeds and feeds.

  • Improves productivity.
  • Reduces cycle time.
  • Extends tool life.
  • Provides up to 100 percent stepover with no uncut material.
  • Safely doubles machine output.
  • Reduces energy costs by up to 60 percent.
  • Fully integrates into the GibbsCAM with the same look and feel.
  • Requires zero post-processor changes.
  • Automatically adjusts feed rate.

The GibbsCAM VoluMill Wireframe option is included with each new GibbsCAM milling license and GibbsCAM milling licenses covered by software maintenance.


Integrate Offset Data

Quick and easy scanning of the blank position and setting of the offset data before starting machining. Shorter set-up times and optimized processes reduce costs.

On-machine Inspection

Inspect and validate a part in-cycle to correct wear offsets, minimize variation, and recut only where necessary.  Reduce machine downtime by providing instant feedback to the operator.  Built-in support for the most common probing cycles, such as hole, pocket, corner, and boss inspection.

Integrated Probing Simulation

Protect your probes by simulating probing operations.  Easily validate that you are probing the right positions on your part without consuming machine time.

For Any Machine

Milling and turning centers, Mill/turn, MTM, Swiss-style machines, and more, are fully supported.  Easily probe with any tool group, against any workpiece.  Automatically probe multiple parts for Tombstone Management System setups.

Extensible Solution

If you have specific needs related to your application or would like to integrate with custom probing cycles on your machine, Probing is fully extensible via GibbsCAM macros as well as plugin-based solutions.

Hybrid Manufacturing

Integrated System for Hybrid Machining

GibbsCAM Hybrid Machining is a fully-integrated hybrid solution, capable of programming metal deposition (DED) additive and hybrid CNC machines.  It uses custom-developed additive manufacturing operations targeted specifically at metal deposition technology, tested and proven at research and industrial facilities worldwide.

Deposition Head Technology

GibbsCAM Hybrid Machining supports a wide variety of laser DED and welding/cladding heads.  A full definition for each head is integrated directly into the software, giving unparalleled support for these new and diverse machines.  Dedicated DED additive machines are supported as well as hybrid (mixed additive and subtractive) machines.

Associative Technology Data

Each GibbsCAM operation is associated with technology data which describes the parameters (such as base and additive materials, laser power, feedrate, and powder and shield gas flow) and the expected dimensional results (cladding track width, height, melt pool, and shape) from those parameters.  Includes full support for mixed and graduated materials, unlocking one of the key advantages of additive deposition technology.  Switch technology data at the press of a button, and GibbsCAM immediately recalculates the required toolpath to manufacture your part with different parameters.

Wall Cladding

Dedicated additive contouring processes allow quick and easy construction of vertical and tapered walls with arbitrary thickness.  Built-in mechanisms control overlap for intersecting wall segments (including alternating layers), tilting the head or part to contain powder against the side of the wall, overtravel with reduced power to ensure sharp corners, and other cladding-specific requirements.  Weave patterns allow easy and reliable construction of wider elements with welding-style deposition heads.

Fill Cladding

Fill a 2D area or 3D volume from an arbitrary surface base.  Automatically fill solids, undersized or oversized (to allow finish machining) where necessary.  Control the fill method (zig-zag, spiral, Hilbert, etc), order tracks to distribute heat evenly over the part, and automatically shift orientation between consecutive layers to ensure a good quality fill.

Rotary Cladding

Automatically construct rotary features and prismatic features on cylindrical parts with the rotary cladding functions.  Easily use the Polar and Cylindrical interpolation functions of your CNC control just like with milling.

5-Axis Cladding

With the GibbsCAM 5-Axis Deposition Additive option, get full 5-axis continuous additive surfacing on arbitrary base surfaces.  Build and repair expensive turbomachinery and tooling parts with ease.

True Hybrid Machining

Combine with GibbsCAM subtractive options (Milling and Turning) to unlock totally integrated Hybrid Machining.  Control variation in your parts by automatically machining new base surfaces during large additive builds.  Build complex parts with confidence, knowing that you can machine holes, shafts, threads, and mating surfaces to accurate dimensions in a single setup.  All subtractive processes are automatically aware of material added during additive operations.  Machine both a soft substrate material and a super-hard deposited wear surface, without incurring the cost of manufacturing the entire part out of hard and difficult-to-work material.