GibbsCAM® Plays Key Role in STEP-NC Demonstration at Jet Propulsion Laboratory

	
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MOORPARK, CA – 28. January. 2003 – Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software for programming computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, announced today that GibbsCAM will play a key role in facilitating the STEP-NC demonstration at the upcoming 6th Industrial Review Board to be held at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, on January 29-30, 2003. STEP Tools Inc, (Troy, NY) will demonstrate a STEP-NC adaptor that they have implemented for GibbsCAM using GibbsCAM's Developer Toolkit (DTK) application development software, which provides full access to GibbsCAM's data structures and powerful capabilities. The STEP-NC adaptor converts information contained within a STEP-NC (AP238) file into GibbsCAM data structures and then uses GibbsCAM to generate toolpath and output machine- specific CNC code for JPL's Fadal machining centers. The machining process can be visually previewed using GibbsCAM's Cut Part Rendering integrated process simulation functionality. GibbsCAM's Reporter functionality can be used to automatically generate corresponding process documentation.

"We are extremely pleased to have GibbsCAM play such a key role supporting the upcoming STEP-NC demonstration at JPL," stated Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates. "Especially since JPL currently uses GibbsCAM in their in-house manufacturing facility."

The STEP-NC adaptor is a prototype of a next-generation technology extension for GibbsCAM. It provides a glimpse of the type of capability potentially enabled by STEP-NC once the standard is officially adopted. The International Standards Organization expects to move the proposed STEP-NC data format to Draft International Standard (DIS) status later this year. The DIS rating is a key milestone in the proposed format becoming an international standard.

The demonstration at JPL is the culmination of a three year project that was funding by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Advanced Technology Projects (ATP) program. Gibbs and Associates was an active member of the Industrial Review Board for that project. Gibbs and Associates' industry leading position in controller-embedded CNC programming systems fully compatible with their off-line programming systems provided a unique experience and perspective to the STEP-NC project. STEP Tools will now transition their STEP-NC program into a collection of industrial pilot projects with a number of manufacturers, in which Gibbs and Associates will participate as a technology partner.

About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM
Since 1984, Gibbs and Associates has been a leading developer of CAM/CNC programming software that is widely acclaimed for its ease of use and productivity power. The current GibbsCAM product line supports 2- through 5-axis milling, turning, mill/turning, multi-task simultaneous machining and wire-EDM. GibbsCAM is available as either an integrated off-line or controller-embedded shop floor programming configuration, which are fully compatible. High-level process models can be exchanged between the shop floor and manufacturing engineering allowing the capture of shop-proven processes. GibbsCAM also provides fully integrated manufacturing modeling capabilities that include 2D, 2.5D, 3D wireframe, surface, and solid modeling. 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, a Solid Edge Certified Select application, and offered under the SolidWorks Solutions Partner program. GibbsCAM is either offered or endorsed by a number of leading worldwide control and machine tool manufacturers, including GE Fanuc, Siemens, Fadal, and Mitsubishi. 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. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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