3D Systems’ GibbsCAM 2016 Improves Efficiency, Speed and Accuracy

Originally titled 'CAM Software Improves Efficiency, Speed and Accuracy'

This software version is said to deliver a variety of improvements to increase efficiency, accelerate programming speed and enhance visualization and accuracy for CNC machine programming.

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3D Systems’ GibbsCAM 2016 software for production machining builds on the Universal Kinematic Machine (UKM) technology of the previous edition. This software version is said to deliver a variety of improvements to increase efficiency, accelerate programming speed and enhance visualization and accuracy for CNC machine programming. The GibbsCAM platform provides a complement to additive manufacturing processes.

Enabling solutions for complex programming challenges, such as oriented turning scenarios, GibbsCAM is compatible with a range of programming and machining operations, including solid modeling, high speed machining, two- to five-axis milling, wire EDM, multitask machining and more. Recognized for its ease of use, GibbsCAM is designed to help users eliminate scrap and reduce cycle times.

Features and functions of GibbsCAM 2016 include enhanced thread milling, including support for multi-point tools, tapered threads for both single- and multi-point tools, and improved simulation.

The latest VoluMill technology, providing new toolpath strategies to optimize high speed roughing of large pockets and slots, open face milling strategies that can decrease cutting time by as much as 60 percent, and Technology Expert integration for ready access to optimal speeds and feeds.

Oriented turning capabilities gives users added control in how tools interact with parts. From using a single tool at multiple B orientations to re-orienting tool groups for use on a different spindle to full support of Flash Tooling for multiple-orientation turning tools, GibbsCAM 2016 delivers increased flexibility and control to CNC programmers.

Added toolpath strategies for five-axis milling, enabling users to define toolpath direction using the natural flow of a surface with the new Flowline option. Toolpaths can also be extended in width as well as length. Additional enhancements include improved five-axis drilling, multi-stepped pocket roughing and new gouge checking strategies.