GibbsCAM UKM: Complete Reengineering of the CAM Engine
Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron (NASDAQ: CIMT) company, introduced the GibbsCAM UKM (Universal Kinematic Machine) at IMTS 2014. GibbsCAM UKM is a complete reengineering of the CAM engine and how it relates to machine definitions and machine tools, blurring the line between the definition of mills and lathes.
Bill Gibbs, CEO and President of Gibbs and Associates explains: “CAM systems were designed based on the way mills and lathes were originally created to move. Mill-turns and multi-task machines (MTM) started merging the two. GibbsCAM UKM was created from the ground up with no limitations. It can handle any number of axes in any direction, with multiple tools cutting simultaneously. With GibbsCAM UKM, users can program and accurately simulate virtually any machine today, and even machines that haven’t been invented yet.”
Accurate Machine Simulation
A complete paradigm shift, the benefits of the GibbsCAM UKM engine extend throughout the entire product line, not just those areas relating to complex machines. Dramatic improvements to rendering and Machine Simulation provide the most accurate simulation available, giving customers the confidence that what they see on the computer screen is what will happen at the machine. Machine simulation and post processors are built on the same kinematic model, optimizing the programmer’s time and ensuring complete accuracy. The new UKM architecture is backward compatible, so current post processors and machine simulation models for GibbsCAM will continue to provide a return on investment.
About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM
For over thirty years, Gibbs and Associates has been a leader in providing cutting edge CAD/CAM technology, while maintaining its signature ease-of-use and productivity. The current GibbsCAM product line supports 2- through 5-axis milling, turning, mill/turning, multi-task simultaneous machining and wire-EDM. GibbsCAM also provides fully integrated manufacturing modeling capabilities that include 2D, 2.5D, 3D wireframe, surface, and solid modeling. GibbsCAM is compatible with Windows® 7, Windows® 8 and certified for Windows® Vista. Gibbs and Associates distributes its products worldwide through a network of international resellers. GibbsCAM is a member of Partners in THINC.