Paul Teutul Jr., star of TLC’s hit reality TV show “American Chopper”, used GibbsCAM to machine bike parts in time for the Sturgis Rally.
For the last six years, American Chopper has featured Orange County Choppers, the custom motorcycle builder co-founded by Paul Teutul, Sr. and Paul Teutul, Jr., who left the shop to start his own design firm, named Paul Jr. Designs. The fall season of American Chopper, appropriately titled “Senior vs. Junior,” will follow Orange County Choppers, which now belongs to Paul Sr., and Paul Jr. Designs, as the Teutuls challenge each other. Paul Jr. Designs planned to unveil two new motorcycles at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, so they had to meet that tight deadline as well as TLC’s shooting schedule.
“I don’t believe we would have met the Sturgis deadline – maybe not even our shooting schedule – without GibbsCAM,” said Teutul Jr. “With our committed schedule, we didn’t have the time or patience to learn some cumbersome CNC programming software. We had to be very selective in finding a CAM system with optimal capabilities and the ability to program anything we threw at it for our chosen CNC. That’s why we chose GibbsCAM, for its reliability and ease of use. Our machinist, Mark Harris, found GibbsCAM to be extremely flexible and easy to use, and we were really grateful for the terrific support that we received from the local Gibbs representative. We look forward to similar success using GibbCAM for other bike parts throughout the season, and for our future design projects.”
Paul Jr. Designs programs its Haas CNC machine, and its supplier’s CNC, with GibbsCAM. The first parts, which were required for the Sturgis Rally unveiling, were some twisting 3D “spider webs” to be mounted on a motorcycle’s wheels. The complex parts are not a typical first project for any CAM-system user, especially in the current instant, where introduction to the system was less than a month before the Sturgis deadline.
Programmer-machinist Mark Harris had eight days to model and machine six pieces, each composed of two different (front and back wheel) spider webs, in addition to modeling and machining other webbed trim parts and tending to other responsibilities. “This was my first introduction to GibbsCAM,” he said, “and it’s incredibly easy to learn and much easier to use than the system I have used for years. The GibbsCAM modeler enabled us to make a machinable model with the flexibility required for easy modification, while the programming modules let us try different approaches to machining, which were required because the parts were a real challenge to machine.”
The “lace” of the spider webs is 3/8 inch thick. “The fragility made machining very time-consuming,” added Mark Harris. “We were fortunate to have that software for machinability. Modifying the front-wheel web to fit the rear wheel, without destroying the integrity of the design, was easier than anticipated. Any delay or difficulty would have prevented the unveiling at Sturgis.”
For more information about GibbsCAM, or to locate your local GibbsCAM reseller, call 1-800-654-9399, or email Email Contact. Information about GibbsCAM is also available at the company’s website, www.GibbsCAM.com.
About Gibbs and Associates
For over twenty five 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.
The current GibbsCAM product line supports 2- through 5-axis milling, turning, mill/turning, multi-task simultaneous machining and wire-EDM. GibbsCAM also provides fully integrated manufacturing modeling capabilities that include 2D, 2.5D, 3D wireframe, surface, and solid modeling. GibbsCAM has received Microsoft’s “Designed for Windows XP/2000” and “Works with Windows Vista” certifications. GibbsCAM’s data exchange capabilities are able to access the broadest range of native and industry standard CAD data formats. GibbsCAM is certified under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Application Program, is a Solid Edge Certified Select Product, and is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Product. GibbsCAM is either offered or endorsed by a number of leading worldwide control and machine tool manufacturers, including GE Fanuc, Infimatic, Siemens, Doosan Infracore, Haas, Index, MAG Fadal, Mazak, Mitsubishi, Mori Seiki, and Tornos. Gibbs and Associates distributes its products worldwide through a network of international Resellers.
In January 2008, Gibbs and Associates merged with Cimatron Ltd, and is now operating as a wholly owned subsidiary. For more information about Gibbs and Associates and its CAM software packages, call 1-800-654-9399, or visit the company on-line at www.GibbsCAM.com.
With over 25 years of experience and more than 40,000 installations worldwide, Cimatron is a leading provider of integrated, CAD/CAM solutions for mold, tool and die makers as well as manufacturers of discrete parts. Cimatron is committed to providing comprehensive, cost-effective solutions that streamline manufacturing cycles, enable collaboration with outside vendors, and ultimately shorten product delivery time.
The Cimatron product line includes the CimatronE and GibbsCAM brands with solutions for mold design, die design, electrodes design, 2.5 to 5 axes milling, wire EDM, turn, Mill-turn, rotary milling, multi-task machining, and tombstone machining. Cimatron's subsidiaries and extensive distribution network serve and support customers in the automotive, aerospace, medical, consumer plastics, electronics, and other industries in over 40 countries worldwide.
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