Today, 3D Systems announced general availability for GibbsCAM® 13 – the newest version of its GibbsCAM CNC programming software. GibbsCAM offers a single user interface for programming simple to complex parts on any type of machine. The latest release of 3D Systems’ GibbsCAM software builds on its reputation to speed and simplify programming of the most complex parts for production milling to multi-axis applications. The updated software provides a streamlined user experience, additional milling and turning capabilities and an enhanced G-code editor, which improves the communication between software and CNC machining centers, and help increase productivity while reducing machining time.
- The industry’s only software offering elliptical turning, interpolation turning and eccentric turning, allowing full functionality for multi-task machining centers (MTM)
o Elliptical Turning allows the user to turn parts on any machine that has accommodating axis for machining such as 4-axis mills, mill/turn, and boring machines.
o Interpolation Turning allows the user to cut a turning-style path by orienting a lathe insert towards a centerline while moving three linear and up to three rotary axes. Turning operations can now be performed on milling and boring machines as well as turning centers with orientable spindles.
o Eccentric Turning facilitates turning operations for shapes not aligned with the center axis of a part (e.g., cutting of lobes on a crankshaft or camshaft) eliminating costly setups and fixturing.
- Autobar Chamfer is offered for the first time in the industry in this release of GibbsCAM. This lets the user define automatic chamfering of stock to eliminate burrs, which is especially useful on Swiss-style machines.
- Broaching enables programming and simulation of linear and rotary broaches from the GibbsCAM interface. A full set of broaching tools are included, or a user can create custom broaches. Full broaching capabilities are available for milling and turning.
- 5-axis Deburring to automatically program deburring operations by selecting geometry, surfaces or an entire model.
- Advanced Approach and Retract Control For specification of tool movement before and after cutting moves. The user can select geometry to dictate tool movement, creating accurate and safe toolpaths when custom retracts are needed.
- Expanded Face-milling Capabilities allow the user to prepare stock efficiently for subsequent machining operations.