Transfer Files With Software

The company is offering an add-in for SolidWorks software that facilitates push-button transfer of model files from SolidWorks to GibbsCAM. Using this add-in, the level of interoperability between the two applications is further streamlined. The release of this add-in shows the companies' commitment to work together to provide CAD/CAM solutions.

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The company is offering an add-in for SolidWorks software that facilitates push-button transfer of model files from SolidWorks to GibbsCAM. Using this add-in, the level of interoperability between the two applications is further streamlined. The release of this add-in shows the companies' commitment to work together to provide CAD/CAM solutions. The add-in introduces a pull-down menu item to the user's SolidWorks interface called, "GibbsCAM Add-In." When the "Transfer Part To GibbsCAM" entry on this pull-down menu is selected, GibbsCAM automatically opens and loads the current part model ready to be machined. If GibbsCAM is already running, the user is prompted with the options "New Part," "Insert" and "Replace." "New Part" closes the current GibbsCAM session and starts a new one, reading in the SolidWorks file. "Insert" adds the SolidWorks file to the current GibbsCAM session. "Replace" substitutes all solid bodies designated as "part" geometry in the current GibbsCAM sessions with the SolidWorks file. GibbsCAM's associativity mechanism then allows the toolpath to be updated to reflect changes in the geometry without having to redefine parameters or re-associate geometry through "Redo All Ops." Changes to process parameters, such as tooling changes and speed and feed rates, can also be easily accommodated at any time. The add-in is offered free of charge to GibbsCAM end users and is now available for immediate download at www.gibbscam.com.