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GibbsCAM 2011 includes dozens of enhancements designed to make NC programming easier and faster.

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GibbsCAM 2011 includes dozens of enhancements designed to make NC programming easier and faster. The 2011 release offers enhanced feature and color recognition and preservation. New tagging capabilities, combined with automatic feature recognition (AFR), allow users to control how the software imports CAD models and manages part features and attributes.

As a result of these enhancements, upon opening CAD models, the software can read attributes, then recognize and preserve them as attributes in the part file.
Hole Manager, a productivity tool within GibbsCAM, now includes a new Auto Wizard, which allows users to store default settings for reuse at any time. Using AFR, holes (and entities that resemble holes) are selectable by part face, set of faces, a hole’s interior faces or by the coordinate system to which a hole feature is aligned.
Custom drill cycle options were added and, to reduce traverse and cycle time in drill cycles, a new checkbox enables reverse-order drilling.
Five-axis enhancements include various new drill cycle options, toolpath conversion, toolpath smoothing and additional machining styles. Programmers can choose drill, variable peck, tap and custom drill cycles.
An Operation Modifier enables the conversion of two and a half and three-axis toolpaths for five-axis machining, which allows use of shorter tools to achieve smoother toolpaths through tool-axis rotation when the workpiece or tooling interferes with the toolholder.
Toolpath smoothing methods have been implemented for all types of geometry, both STL (triangle mesh) and traditional surface geometry, to improve both tilt and rotary toolpath smoothness.
Swarf cutting can now be specified two ways. Users can drive the tool using upper and lower curves, with or without a drive surface, or a parallel-to-curve strategy with tool-axis rotation. Also new is a five-axis trimming strategy that uses wireframe geometry.
Support for B axis (tilting live tooling) was added to enable programming five-axis milling with Y-axis offsets on lathes and multitasking machines equipped with a live-tooling B axis.