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Gibbs and Associates’ suite of GibbsCAM modules supports Solidworks 2011 with new capabilities to make geometry machinable and to generate NC programs for all configurations of mills and lathes.

These include multi-task machines (MTM), Swissturn machines, and five-axis machining centres.

The GibbsCAM interface also helps the Solidworks 2011 user by providing an easy-to-learn and easy-to-use interface developed with language and icons that manufacturing engineers, NC programmers and machinists understand.

Solidworks 2011 optimise core design functions so that users can more quickly and achieve their goals.

It also includes enhancements specifically requested by customers.

The new version of Solidworks is said to improve designers’ and engineers’ productivity with capabilities such as rapid dimensions, enhanced mirrored components, and heads-up mouse gesturing.

These capabilities allow designers and engineers work smarter and faster while minimising menu navigation.

Manufacturing engineers and NC programmers will use GibbsCAM to generate NC programs for all types of CNC machine tools from design models created in Solidworks software with seamless transition.

GibbsCAM opens Solidworks models so that the NC programmer can analyse and optimise them for machinability and generate toolpaths for the chosen or available CNC machine tool.

GibbsCAM verifies the toolpaths with gouge detection and interference checking, then dynamically and visually simulates them on virtual machine tools, and accurately post-processes them to generate optimal NC programs.

The manufacturing engineer and NC programmer can use various GibbsCAM features to eliminate scrap, reduce cycle times and maximise efficiency, safety and profits.

A Solidworks certified CAM partner product, GibbsCAM allows users to open Solidworks models and use the model geometry to generate efficient programs to drive CNC machine tools of all types, including multi-axis machining centres and multi-spindle, multi-turret Swiss machines.

The combination of GibbsCAM and Solidworks 2011 covers the design through manufacturing cycle in the production machining environment of multiple industries.

Whether parts have simple geometry requiring only simple milling or turning, or complex geometry needing use of five-axis machining, multi-task machines or Swiss-style turning centres, the Solidworks-GibbsCAM combination accommodates the manufacturing process.

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