What is GibbsCAM?
GibbsCAM® is a state-of-the-art, PC-based computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system for programming computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools. GibbsCAM is organized as a single application. The base package's capabilities can be optionally extended through the addition of seamlessly integrated modules. This way the system can be configured for your initial needs and be gradually expanded as your needs grow, protecting your investment. GibbsCAM's graphical user interface was designed for machinists by machinists, resulting in a user environment that is both familiar and efficient. This manufacturing orientation ensures that GibbsCAM's powerful functionality is also extremely easy to learn and use. GibbsCAM's free-form interaction style allows you to move easily between geometry creation, toolpath creation, process visualization/verification and post processing. GibbsCAM's ease-of-use, programming efficiency, speed and short training time makes GibbsCAM, the CAM industry's ease-of-use leader, the best tool for programming your parts.
Breadth of Capability
GibbsCAM offers a broad range of CNC programming solutions for milling, turning, mill-turn, rotary milling, tombstone-fixtured, wire-EDM, and multi-turret/multispindle machining. Modeling functionality, tuned specifically for manufacturing, supports creating and manipulating wireframe, surface and solid geometries for machining. Each functional module fits within GibbsCAM’s interface environment providing the user with a seamless collection of functionality. With GibbsCAM not only can you support the broadest range of machine tools, but you have the capability to take on the toughest machining jobs
Easy to Learn and Use
GibbsCAM was designed by machinists so it is extremely familiar to machinists. And because of this, new users are up and cutting parts using GibbsCAM only after a couple of days, rather than the weeks or months rampup of other systems. GibbsCAM is not cluttered with unnecessary complexity, but is laid out in a way that makes sense from a machinist’s orientation. Long term, GibbsCAM’s ease of use extends into day-to-day efficiencies which allow you to get your work done more quickly.
Graphical User Interface
Since its inception, GibbsCAM’s user interface was graphically based, not a veneer over a text-based, command line system. Because of this, GibbsCAM’s inherent style of operation is very interactive and efficient, taking full advantage of drag and drop actions, right mouse context sensitive functions, balloon help and menuing. Once you’ve experienced GibbsCAM’s natural graphical interface, you’ll understand just what all this fuss about graphical interactivity is all about. Not only does it make programming easier, but it makes it more enjoyable.
Flexible Style of Operation
GibbsCAM has a flexible style of operation that allows you to do things in the order that you want to do them. With non-modal dialogs, you can easily switch between tasks. GibbsCAM maintains the necessary information underneath its interface to support this flexibility. And if you’ve got a lot going on, you can roll-up dialog panels or make them transparent allowing screen space to be maximized. GibbsCAM takes the notion of usability even further with functionality that operate intuitively based on the elements you have selected, dramatically streamlining system interaction.
Depth of Functionality
Not only does GibbsCAM provide you with a broad range of functionality, but it also provides you with the depth of functionality necessary to get your job done. With GibbsCAM, you aren’t left stranded in a job because you just don’t have what it takes to cut it. But even with this extensive functionality, GibbsCAM’s interface is not cluttered or complicated. Functions are arranged to be within no more than three levels deep providing quick and easy access. No more hunting through deeply nested menus or fields of icons to get to what you want to do.
Associative (Redo All Ops)
Change is inevitable in today’s fast changing manufacturing environments. GibbsCAM’s full associativity between geometry, processes, and operations allows changes to be easily accommodated whether it’s updated part geometry, new tooling or process parameters. Changes can be made and then using GibbsCAM’s Redo All Ops functionality the corresponding toolpath is automatically regenerated and updated. Not only can GibbsCAM’s associativity be used to support incremental design changes, it can also be used to explore alternative process settings allowing you to zero in on the optimal approach.
In manufacturing, if a picture is worth 1000 chips, then a simulation is priceless, especially when it comes to reducing potential scrap and downtime. GibbsCAM’s integrated Cut Part Rendering allows you to preview your process at any point while it’s being developed, exposing any potential problems before going to the shop floor. GibbsCAM’s Cut Part Rendering provides full visualization control even allowing you to dynamically reorient your view while running. Previewing your process in GibbsCAM minimizes the prove-out time on the machine tool allowing you to start cutting parts sooner with confidence.
Powerful Post Processing
With CAM systems if you can’t output good NC code for your machine tools you’ve got a very expensive video game. GibbsCAM offers a wide range of post processing options ensuring that generating good NC code will never be a problem. Ranging from a user-definable, template-based posting solution, to factory supplied library posts that can be customized to your specific requirements, to APT CL to take advantage of legacy posting tools, GibbsCAM covers generating NC code. GibbsCAM factory posts also produce highly optimized output, ensuring what you see is what you machine.