CAMBRIO released GibbsCAM 2022 including CAD enhancements for solid and surface modelling to extrude multiple bodies with taper, and to create surfaces as a stitched body directly from closed 2D geometry. Users can automatically create trimmed planar surfaces in any orientation at geometry depth instead of the CS plane. New alignment capabilities allow straight edges of solid bodies to align with the working coordinate system in preparation for machining, and a new sectional view slicing plane can be moved in any direction to view and select features within the interior of a solid body.
"The latest developments see further emphasis on end-user productivity in all areas of the product,” GibbsCAM Vice President Nick Spurrett says. “GibbsCAM continues to lead the industry in the programming of advanced machining centers, and we wanted to focus on absolute product quality and core functionality, while retaining GibbsCAM’s ease of use. Our aim is to always deliver on our promise of Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful".
Usability enhancements are automated multi-shape predrilling and extended control for start / end points of profiling toolpaths. It’s easier for lathe operators to adjust critical diameters and reduce output size of G-code files by omitting radius moves on outside corners of turning operations.
VoluMill controls the preferred starting zone for symmetrical cuts to aid chip evacuation and reduce rapid movements for deeper pockets.
Five-axis enhancements include a new rotary machining strategy to cut parts with cylindrical or conical floors such as feed screws or augers. Advanced control of the tool includes off-centerline roughing, and front or back engagement of the tool point with automatic corner offset. Five-axis deburring enhancements include the ability to generate multiple cuts to approximate a chamfer or fillet on an edge beyond traditional edge breaks. Cylindrical or conical tools can chamfer by selecting a specific contact point to keep a straight tool section. Toolpath quality is also improved for 5-axis geodesic operations in areas where multiple surface normal instances control the toolpath. Automatic tilting for collision avoidance for arc leads, the ability to select automatic tilt limits or set a fixed tilt angle relative to a selected surface normal were also updated for 5-axis.
GibbsCAM 2022 can hide multipart cutting in all simulation modes to reduce the verification time based on the number of components being machined. The use of 3D material only stock generation on multi-spindle machines can increase the simulation time of MTM configurations by up to 25 times.
Machine support can support multiple kinematic configurations of a CNC machine within a single post package, providing extended flexibility to support machines that can be configured in multiple ways, such as a 3-axis machine with or without a removable rotary table. This technology extends to more complex Swiss configurations to support different parts or tooling arrangements.