Updated CAM Interface for Both New and Long-Time Users
As younger generations have moved through the manufacturing shop, they have demonstrated different perspectives on how to best interact with software systems. This CAM system has a newly enhanced interface designed with these concerns in mind.
CAM systems have played a large part in efficient production of parts for quite some time. But as younger generations have moved through the manufacturing shop, they have demonstrated different perspectives on how to best interact with these types of systems. CAM suppliers have had to manage their updates to be appealing to these new users without alienating the people who have been faithful customers for a long time.
GibbsCAM has been around for more than 30 years and has established a strong following. As the company suggests, it was designed by machinists for machinists, and it has been regularly updated through the years to meet the ever-changing needs of the industry. But Chris MacBain, product marketing manager with 3D Systems, explains that many of the people who have been using the software for that long may be uncomfortable with extreme changes. “Machinists have a job to do, and they don’t have time to deal with learning a new interface or other new features,” he says. While the interface for GibbsCAM had not changed significantly since its original development, it was recently updated with an enhanced interface that is designed to simplify the transition for previous users while being more intuitive for new users.
GibbsCAM 12 includes larger, brighter icons with a more modern look. Customizable toolbars allow the user to turn on or off controls to show only the ones that are needed for a given application or setting. The system also includes free online help with videos about the new interface and basic turning and milling videos designed for new users. Additional videos are also available for more in-depth topics such as mill-turn and dual spindles.
“Turning people tend to spend very little time in the CAM system, so GibbsCAM aimed to make that time even more efficient,” Mr. MacBain says. “The money is made by making parts.”
Visit 3D Systems’ website for more information about GibbsCAM 12.