Contact: Yvonne Anderson Gibbs and Associates (805) 523-0004 (805) 523-0006 (Fax) Yvonne.Anderson@GibbsCAM.comMOORPARK, CA – February 9, 2004 – Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM®, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software for programming computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, and MachineWorks, Ltd., supplier of simulation and verification solutions (Sheffield, UK), announced today that a licensing agreement has been established between the two companies allowing MachineWorks® process simulation and visualization technology to be integrated into GibbsCAM. Work is currently underway on the integration which is expected to be released in a version of GibbsCAM later this year.
"With our proprietary Cut Part Rendering capability, Gibbs was a pioneer in integrated process simulation for PC CAM," states Bill Gibbs, president and founder of Gibbs and Associates. "But today, MachineWorks offers us the best way to provide the latest cutting edge solutions in simulation technology to our customers, and this is our goal."
GibbsCAM's new MachineWorks-enabled capabilities include dynamic rotation and zooming, cut part/finished part comparisons, transparent cut part viewing, moving part simulation, and cut part material as initial stock conditions.
"GibbsCAM was clearly an early innovator in process visualization," comments Mike Nicholson, International Business Manager of MachineWorks. "We are pleased that Gibbs has decided to rely upon MachineWorks' expertise to provide this capability for GibbsCAM customers and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship."
MachineWorks will also be used as a key component technology for a new Machine Simulation option for GibbsCAM. Using this option, machine tools can be accurately modeled and then the motions of a CNC program can be simulated to check for collisions prior to running it on the actual machine tool. A simulation of the part cutting will also be displayed in Machine Simulation. Machine tool interference is becoming more and more critical as the complexity of machine tools increases. Early previews of the GibbsCAM/MachineWorks integration will be first shown at the upcoming WESTEC 2004 conference held on March 22nd-25th, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA.
MachineWorks Technology is the world's leading CNC simulation and verification toolkit for manufacturing software developers. It combines unparalleled speed and accuracy with industrial strength robustness, and is embedded in many of the world's leading CAM applications. For more information on MachineWorks, please visit www.machineworks.com.
About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2004, 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, Fadal, Haas, and Mitsubishi. Gibbs and Associates distributes its products worldwide through a network of international Resellers. For more information about Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM, call 1-800-654-9399, or visit the company on-line at www.GibbsCAM.com.
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