GibbsCAM Advanced 3-Axis Capabilities Previewed At IMTS 2006

Yvonne Anderson
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Enhancements, available in GibbsCAM's next release, significantly expand existing functionality.

MOORPARK, CA – September 5, 2006 – Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM software for programming CNC machine tools, announced today that a suite of 3-axis enhancements for GibbsCAM will be previewed at IMTS 2006. These enhancements will further extend GibbsCAM's existing machining capability and provide the user with a complete range of milling functionality with support for high speed machining. IMTS is being held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on September 6th – 13th, 2006.

"As we expand on GibbsCAM's world class production machining capabilities, we provide more control and flexibility in toolpath generation with integral high speed machining support," states Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates. "The new 3-axis surface machining capabilities that we are previewing continues in the tradition of GibbsCAM's unique blend of ease-of-use and powerful functionality; a combination that can't be beaten in production machining."

The new advanced 3-axis functionality introduces a wide variety of new capabilities, such as 3D rest milling which focuses machining only on remaining material to be removed, minimizing air cutting and significantly reducing cutting time. Multiple containment areas and avoidance areas allow precise control of toolpath to efficiently control the machining process. The user can also specify that the toolpath generated by the new 3-axis functionality has no sharp corners, optimized for high-speed machining. New machining techniques are also included that consider the slope of the surfaces being machined resulting in toolpath with a true constant step over, minimizing tool wear, improving surface finish, and cutting the part faster.

"One of the major advantages of these 3-axis enhancements is that they produce beautiful tool path," explains Mr. Gibbs. "The quality of the toolpath they generate is really very good; it is very smooth, very accurate, doesn't gouge, is connected up very nicely, minimizes retracts and extra entries/exits, has tangential blends on and off the part, spirals and ramps in and out of the material, and doesn't have vertical wall sensitivities. High quality toolpath like this is very important to machinists doing precision, high-quality machining."

In addition to the new 3-axis enhancements, a number of 5-axis enhancements for GibbsCAM will also be previewed at IMTS, offering the user an expanded range of 5-axis machining functionality.

For more information about GibbsCAM, GibbsCAM's production machining capabilities or to see the preview of GibbsCAM's new 3- and 5-axis capabilities, go to the GibbsCAM booth, D-3001. Information about GibbsCAM is also available at the company's website,

About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM
For over 20 years, Gibbs and Associates has been a leader in providing cutting edge CAD/CAM technology, while maintaining its signature ease-of-use and productivity. Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful is the guiding philosophy at Gibbs. Gibbs believes in empowering the NC programmer, machinist, and manufacturing engineer, not eliminating them. Gibbs' goal is to introduce manufacturers to new technologies and new ways of working that makes their machining easier and their businesses more profitable. To achieve this goal, Gibbs creates tools that are naturally intuitive, graphically interactive, extremely visual, associative, and just plain enjoyable to use. Gibbs provides a total quality solution with the service and support successful customers require.

GibbsCAM is certified under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Application Program, is a Solid Edge Certified Select application, and is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Application. GibbsCAM is either offered or endorsed by a number of leading worldwide control and machine tool manufacturers, including GE Fanuc, Siemens, Daewoo, Doosan, Fadal, Haas, Index, Matsuura, Mazak, Mitsubishi, Mori Seiki and Nakamura Tome. Gibbs and Associates distributes its products worldwide through a network of international Resellers. For more information about Gibbs and Associates and its CAM software packages, call 1-800-654-9399, or visit the company on-line at

The Gibbs logo, GibbsCAM, GibbsCAM logo, Virtual Gibbs, Gibbs SFP, SolidSurfacer, MTM and "Powerfully Simple. Simply Powerful." are either trademark(s) or registered trademark(s) in the United States and/or other countries of Gibbs and Associates. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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