GibbsCAM Used in University of Auckland STEP-NC Research

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MOORPARK, CA - October 12, 2006 - Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM®, computer-aided manufacturing software for programming CNC machine tools, announced today that the company has provided its GibbsCAM software along with the GibbsCAM Developer's ToolKit application programming interface (API) to the University of Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand) to support a research program on STEP-NC. As part of this arrangement, Gibbs and Associates will have access to any of the technologies developed during this program.

"Gibbs and Associates has been an active supporter of the International Standards Organization's STEP-NC standardization effort since its inception," explains John Callen, Gibbs' VP of Marketing. "When STEP-NC activity first began here in the United States, Gibbs was a member of the Industry Review Board. The initial STEP-NC demos held at General Dynamics Land Systems (Scranton, PA facility) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA), both GibbsCAM users, were based on prototype extensions to GibbsCAM."

STEP-NC is a next generation data format being developed by the International Standards Organization used to communicate design and process information to CNC machine tools. Still in its early adoption phase, STEP-NC, formally known as ISO 14649 and ISO 10303 AP238, offers the promise of minimizing the post processor overhead incurred by CAM systems by providing a single, standardized format to interface to CNC machine tools. In addition, the STEP-NC data format significantly expands the amount of information transferred to CNC machine tools over current RS274-D CNC code. This expanded information supports more advanced capabilities of next generation machine tools and is seen as a key enabler for such programs as the Smart Machine Platform Initiative (SMPI) and the Next Generation Manufacturing Technology Initiative (NGMTI).

"We appreciate Gibbs and Associates' support of our research," states Dr. Xun Xu, the STEP-NC program leader at University of Auckland. "GibbsCAM has been an excellent platform technology for other STEP-NC prototypes. STEP-NC has two parts, Application Reference Model (ISO 14649) and Application Interpreted Model (ISO 10303 AP 238). Some preliminary work has been carried out to port AP 238 data to GibbsCAM. The research program we are undertaking concerns porting ISO 14649 to GibbsCAM." Dr. Xu's heads one of the four major research groups worldwide working towards an integrated STEP-compliant CAD/CAM/CNC system. The other three groups are those from Europe (EU and UK), USA and Korea.

Initial results from the University of Auckland's STEP-NC program are expected as early as by the end of 2006.

About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM
For over twenty 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" certification. 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, Siemens, Doosan Infracore Daewoo, Doosan Mecatec, Fadal, Haas, Index, Matsuura, Mazak, Mitsubishi and Mori Seiki. 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 www.GibbsCAM.com.

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) of Gibbs and Associates in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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