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Monday, 08 July 2013 14:52

GibbsCAM 2013 Released

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Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, announced that it has released the newest version of GibbsCAM NC programming software, GibbsCAM 2013. This new version includes enhancements to the entire suite of GibbsCAM software to improve efficiency and profitability. Two new options have been added to the software suite as well, 5-Axis MultiBlade and 5-Axis Porting.

GibbsCAM 2013 includes many software enhancements, mostly focusing on increasing the efficiency of part programming and the efficiency of machine run time.

Enhancements include:

  • Mill Feature - Allows the user to assign certain machining attributes directly to part features.  This allows users to save and reuse Knowledge Based Machining  (KBM) information for best practice machining on families of parts. New parts and part changes are handled quickly and easily by a single mouse click.
  • Lathe Threading/Thread Whirling - Users can now define lathe threads from any valid shape, including shapes that contain arcs or splines. Post processors can be upgraded to support native arc threads (G35 and G36) for a more efficient NC program.
  • Surface Flow - Improved machining strategies for solids machining include an improved algorithm that smoothly handles most nonplanar fillets and other blended faces, resulting in better surface finish and more efficient NC code.
  • Geometry Shape Combine - New functionality allows users to manipulate shapes that can be combined through Boolean operations such as union, subtraction, and intersection, trimmed, or broken into segments.
  • Profiler modes - The Profiler now has increased functionality allowing users to slice spun bodies, silhouettes, and cylinders.
  • Lathe Plunge Roughing - Improvements to Lathe Plunge Roughing result in toolpaths that remove more material in less time with improved tool wear.
  • Drilling and Thread Milling Patterns - Users can now place Drilling and Thread Milling in patterns. Pre-mill drilling of patterned milling operations will pick up the pattern automatically.
  • Pocketing Improvements - Several improvements to Pocketing continue to improve the efficiency of the program, including features such as “Outermost Shape As Boss” and improvements to mixed-shape pocketing with smarter entry and exit moves.

The new 5-Axis MultiBlade option targets the machining of turbo machinery parts. It simplifies the programming of impellers, blisks and blings with specialized functions that include roughing, blade finishing, hub finishing, splitter, sub-splitter and wall finishing, and extension and control of leading and trailing edges.

A new 5-Axis Porting option provides specialized functionality for the machining of hollow shapes that have significantly different shapes or sizes at each open end or have a significant amount of curvature from one end to the other, including engine ports, manifolds, and throttle bodies. This dedicated new option simplifies the creation of these highly complex shapes with faster programming time, a cleaner, more efficient toolpath and more efficient machine times.

“We are pleased to release GibbsCAM 2013,” said Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates. “We have worked hard to provide our customers with a robust group of enhancements that will help them become more profitable by increasing the efficiency of not just their NC programming, but also improving their machine run times. We have listened to what our customers want and need, and these are just the types of enhancements that customers need to stay competitive in today’s economy.”

For more information, visit: www.gibbscam.com/news_events/index.php?page=technical-articles&con=318

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:30

GibbsCAM Introduces Student Edition

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Gibbs and Associates announced that it has introduced the GibbsCAM Student Edition, for worldwide availability, concurrent with the introduction of a new on-line Student Store. The Student Edition, which complements the GibbsCAM Classroom Edition, is available immediately to NC programming or machining students of high schools, technical schools, colleges and universities already using GibbsCAM in their curricula. Fully compatible with the Classroom Edition, the Student Edition is available for direct purchase and immediate download at the new GibbsCAM Student Store – US$100.00 for a calendar-year license – to students enrolled in a qualified curriculum.

“The introduction of a GibbsCAM Student Edition addresses the growing need and pent-up student demand for GibbsCAM licenses that can be used outside the classroom,” said Robb Weinstein, Senior Vice President of Sales and Strategic Planning of Gibbs and Associates. “Given GibbsCAM’s de-facto standing as the leader in ease of learning, ease of use, and range of capability, we are happy to offer future engineers, machinists and NC programmers an additional, more convenient, and very economical opportunity to experiment, learn and practice, at their convenience, unconstrained by the duration of a class period. As a result, the Student Edition augments classroom instruction and helps educational facilities better prepare their students for industry.”

There are many high schools, technical schools, colleges and universities already using the GibbsCAM Classroom Edition around the globe, including Purdue University’s Colleges of Engineering and Technology, which use GibbsCAM throughout their Indiana campuses; Nash Community College, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech, in Atlanta), Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, KTH Stockholm University/ITM-DMMS in Stockholm, Sweden,  NTNU Institute for Produksj. & Kval.tekn in Trondheim, Norway; and the Académie de Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France.

The Student Edition of GibbsCAM enables students to learn and practice NC programming, and gain familiarity with common configurations of CNC machine tools, on their home-based PCs. It includes solid modeling, 3D milling and turning, and polar and cylindrical (rotary), plus machine simulation and the ability to read ACIS and SAT files, such as SolidWorks and AutoDesk Inventor. Integral to GibbsCAM is its toolpath verification capability, Cut Part Rendering, which provides additional value to students, as it is a highly precise verification and diagnostic tool.  The GibbsCAM Educational Editions (both Classroom and Student) enable educators and students to prepare themselves to address the shortage of NC programmers in industry.

For more information, visit: www.gibbscam.com

Monday, 05 November 2012 12:40

GibbsCAM Founder to Speak at Okuma Open House

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Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron (NASDAQ: CIMT) company, announced today that its founder and president, William F. (Bill) Gibbs, will be the speaker at the Okuma “Go Beyond Productivity to Profitability” open house, in Houston, Texas. Okuma and machine-tool distributor Hartwig will have nine models of multi-axis lathes, multi-axis mills and multitasking machines on display and in operation, running CNC programs generated with GibbsCAM. Okuma partners will also exhibit peripheral equipment at the Houston Open House event, which will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Central Time, at the Okuma Houston Tech Center, 4727 South Pinemont, Suite 200, Houston, Texas.

Mr. Gibbs, who has an extensive background in mechanical design, CNC programming and CAM software development, is frequently sought out as a speaker on topics such as developments in machine-tool technology, implementation of multi-axis and multi-tasking CNC machine tools, and productivity and profitability through use of CNCs and CAD/CAM software. He is president of Gibbs and Associates, and Cimatron North America, and serves as vice chairman of Cimatron Limited.

The Okuma machines featured at the open house, and programmed with GibbsCAM by Okuma distributor Hartwig Houston, include:

  • LB 3000EX – double spindle, single turret, Y-axis lathe
  • MULTUS B400 – 5-axis horizontal lathe with B-axis head
  • VTT-70 – 4-axis double turret vertical lathe (turning only)
  • 2SP-V40 – 4-axis double turret vertical lathe (turning only)
  • LU300 – 4-axis double turret horizontal lathe (turning only)
  • LOC-650 – 4-axis double turret horizontal lathe (turning only)
  • Millac-1052 – 4-axis vertical mill
  • GENOS M560 – 4-axis vertical mill
  • MA-600II – 4-axis horizontal mill

For more information, visit: www.okuma.com/events/P2P121115

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, announced today that GibbsCAM will be demonstrated as part of Haas Automation’s annual Demo Days, to be held at numerous Haas Factory Outlets (HFOs), in the U.S. and Canada, on October 10th.

During this year’s Demo Days, Haas features its ST and DS series of multi-task machines with Y axis and dual spindles, which are available in standard and super-speed configurations. There will be live demonstrations on the Haas machines, plus educational seminars on the latest trends for increasing efficiency in discrete-part manufacturing.

As leaders in Multi-Task Machine (MTM) programming, Gibbs will be demonstrating its GibbsCAM MTM Option which helps customers fully utilize the capabilities of complex MTM machines, including the Haas ST and DS series machines. GibbsCAM combines ease use with powerful programming capabilities to help customers program parts quickly, accurately and efficiently. GibbsCAM also provides the efficiency of a single interface for turning, milling and non-cutting motion, and further simplifies programming of MTMs with its Synch Manager, a highly efficient, graphical utility that synchronizes tool groups, optimizes toolpath, and alerts users to inefficient or conflicting operations.

GibbsCAM MTM post processors, like all GibbsCAM posts processors, are customized to provide error-free operation for specific machine-control combinations, maximizing productivity and efficiency.

GibbsCAM MTM is integrated with GibbsCAM Machine Simulation for complete toolpath verification and simulation to identify and correct tool interference and gouges before the part gets to the shop floor, preventing costly mistakes.
 
“As the momentum continues from one of our most successful IMTS shows to date, Gibbs is excited to participate at Haas demo Days once again,” said Robb Weinstein, Senior Vice President of Sales and Strategic Planning of Gibbs and Associates. “We will demonstrate how a combination of GibbsCAM and Haas machines provides an ideal solution for customers who need to increase output, productivity and profits with single-setup mill-turn machining. In addition, we will highlight GibbsCAM’s VoluMill HSM option, which fully supports all Haas mills.”

Among the various HFOs featuring GibbsCAM are the following:

  • Auburn, WA | Selway Machine Tool
  • Austin, TX | HFO
  • Broken Arrow, OK | Timco Machine Tools
  • Colfax, NC | HFO Jeffreys Manufacturing Solutions
  • Elk Grove Village, IL | HFO
  • Flowery Branch, GA | HFO Jeffreys Manufacturing Solutions
  • Franklin, TN | HFO Jeffreys Manufacturing Solutions
  • Hanover, MD | HFO Jeffreys Manufacturing Solutions
  • Indianapolis, IN | HFO Midwest Technical Center
  • Little Rock, AR | HFO Jeffreys Manufacturing Solutions
  • Meridian, ID | King Machine
  • Phoenix, AZ | HFO
  • Spring, TX | Champion Machine Tool
  • Tempe, AZ | Ellison Technologies
  • Torrance, CA | HFO Trident Machine
  • Windsor, CT | HFO Trident Machine Tool


“In support of Haas Automation, we are presenting our complete solution for Haas CNC machines, with a special focus on the Haas ST and DS series multi-task turning centers,” continued Mr. Weinstein. “We are happy to report that we have GibbsCAM post processors and machine simulation models for these new Haas MTM machines in addition to the many other Haas machines fully supported by GibbsCAM. In fact, we already have many Haas customers successfully programming these machines with GibbsCAM for optimal productivity.”

For more information, visit: www.gibbscam.com/news_events/index.php?page=upcoming-events

Monday, 13 August 2012 09:20

Gibbs and Associates Releases GibbsCAM 2012+

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Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron (NASDAQ: CIMT) company, announced today the release of the latest version of GibbsCAM CNC programming software. Called GibbsCAM 2012+, this new version includes tremendous speed and performance improvements, including a rendering option specifically geared for multi-axis parts, improved cutting strategies and many productivity enhancements. The new version includes improvements for all levels of GibbsCAM, including the Mill and Lathe Production, SolidSurfacer, Radial Milling, MTM and 5-Axis options.

GibbsCAM 2012+ includes a Multi-Axis Rendering option free of charge with each seat of the software. Formerly a $2,000 option, Multi-Axis Rendering provides significant accuracy improvements for rotary milling applications, especially when displaying toolpaths with continuous changes in both tool position and orientation. Improved gouge and tool interference checking for tilting tools shows customers programming errors before they become costly mistakes on the shop floor.

“We are pleased to be able to offer our customers such a valuable option free of charge,” says Bill Gibbs, President and CEO of Gibbs and Associates and Cimatron North America. “A picture may be worth a thousand words, but being able to catch a tool collision before it gets to the shop floor can save customers thousands of dollars.”

To boost speed and productivity for all GibbsCAM users, the GibbsCAM 2012+ rendering engine takes full advantage of multi-core and multi-threaded computer hardware to drastically boost processing speed. Part rendering speed is now up to 33 times faster, depending on specific computer hardware and part complexity. Increased rendering speed saves programming time and reduces programming costs.

Improvements to Radial Milling include the ability to produce a smooth, unsegmented, helical toolpath, which takes advantage of native machine-based linear and circular interpolation capabilities. The benefits of this type of toolpath include vastly simplified post processor output, potential savings of hundreds of lines of G-code, and reduced machining time. Also included are new cutting strategies for parts with open-sided pockets, very thin walls, shallow cut areas and a highly efficient G-code program. In addition, material only clean-up areas provide customers with optimized toolpaths.

For more information, visit: www.gibbscam.com

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron (NASDAQ: CIMT) company, announced today that it will support machine tool distributor Methods Machine Tools with demonstrations of its GibbsCAM CNC programming system at the Methods Metal Storm 2012 Open House event. GibbsCAM’s programming capabilities will be featured in support of programming and post-processing to make parts on Nakamura-Tome multi-tasking machines. The Nakamura MTMs are among the 50 machine tools to be on display, under power, at the event. Other machines include Matsuura machining centers, Kiwa-Japan horizontal machining centers, Exeron die-sinking EDMs, Fanuc drills and wire EDMs, plus Feeler lathes, vertical machining centers, horizontal boring mills and 10-meter bridge mills. Methods Machine Tools will also hold technical seminars on various metalworking topics during the two-day event, which will be held at its headquarters, 71 Union Avenue, Sudbury, Massachusetts, on June 13-14, 2012.

“With the reputation that GibbsCAM has earned in programming complex parts on advanced multi-tasking machine tools, it makes perfect sense to be selected as the supporting CAM system for Nakamura-Tome multi-tasking machines,” said Bart Ehlers, Regional Distribution Manager for Gibbs and Associates. “We maintain a growing library of more than 11,000 unique post-processors for our customers. That includes over 1,000 MTM post-processors, so we are pleased to demonstrate our superiority in programming MTMs, with integrated functions such as toolpath verification and machine-tool simulation, all accessed through a common, easy-to-use interface, in support of our partner and joint customers.”

Gibbs and Associates maintains strong partnerships with various machine-tool builders and their distributors around the globe. These partnerships may include software development, technical support or cooperative marketing, all in addition to the continuous support of joint customers.

For more information, visit: www.methodsmachine.com/news-events/open-house.aspx

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that it will be demonstrating how GibbsCAM software is optimized for machining parts designed in SolidWorks® at the SolidWorks World 2012 Conference in the Partner Pavilion in booth # 624. The conference is being held from February 12-15, 2012, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Gibbs has also been selected to give a presentation called “ Optimize Manufacturing with SolidWorks Models and GibbsCAM Automatic Feature Recognition” The presentation, from 5:30-5:45 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2010, will highlight GibbsCAM’s new capabilities that provide optimal integration between SolidWorks and GibbsCAM.

GibbsCAM, a SolidWorks Certified CAM Product, has many new capabilities providing seamless integration between SolidWorks and GibbsCAM. These capabilities include GibbsCAM’s ability to read and preserve features from SolidWorks files, and the ability to automatically update machining processes when a change is made to a SolidWorks file/solid. In addition, GibbsCAM now has a capability called Hole Manger that integrates with the SolidWorks Hole Wizard to automatically read, recognize, and machine holes. Also, colors created in SolidWorks are read and preserved by GibbsCAM for use in the programming process. SolidWorks users also benefit from GibbsCAM’s unique user interface, making it easy to learn and use, for both designers and manufacturing professionals.

One of the features of most interest to SolidWorks users is GibbsCAM’s ability to read and preserve features from SolidWorks files. This capability, called Feature Manager, gives the NC programmer a better understanding of the part and the intention of the designer. Programmers can use the features to quickly and easily identify and select areas to apply machining processes, resulting in faster programming time and more accurate parts.  

When there are inevitable changes to a part, GibbsCAM is uniquely equipped to handle those changes. When the updated part is transferred into GibbsCAM, it automatically updates all machining processes for that part, with a couple of clicks of the mouse, saving valuable time in the manufacturing process.

SolidWorks users will appreciate GibbsCAM’s interoperability with the SolidWorks Hole Wizard capability. GibbsCAM can now read all attributes applied to the holes created by the wizard, and automatically generates tool lists and processes right down to the finished operations. This capability, called Hole Manager, is a huge time saver for programmers.

GibbsCAM now preserves all colors applied to models created in SolidWorks. Since colors applied in the design process often convey information about manufacturing processes, preserving these colors improves communication between design and manufacturing.  This speeds up programming time and results in more accurate parts produced more quickly.

“We know that SolidWorks users will be thrilled with the high level of interoperability between our two products. Effective use of SolidWorks solids combined with our automated machining features make it a unbeatable combination for fast and accurate manufacturing,” said Bill Gibbs, president and founder of Gibbs and Associates.

The combination of GibbsCAM and SolidWorks 2012 provides a complete CAD/CAM solution for most manufacturing environments. Whether parts have simple geometry needing only 2.5-axis milling or 2-axis turning, or complex geometry requiring use of 5-axis machining, MTM or Swiss-style turning centers, the SolidWorks-GibbsCAM combination accommodates and optimizes the machining process. 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. Many GibbsCAM features help users eliminate scrap, reduce cycle times, and maximize efficiency, safety and profits.

For more information, visit: www.gibbscam.com or www.solidworks.com/sww

Monday, 12 September 2011 12:11

GibbsCAM to be Demonstrated at Haas Demo Days

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Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, announced today that GibbsCAM will be demonstrated as part of Haas Automation’s annual Demo Days, to be held at numerous Haas Factory Outlets (HFOs), in the U.S. and Canada, on September 14.

During this year’s Demo Days, Haas features its new ST and DS series of multi-task machines with Y axis and dual spindles, which are available in standard and super-speed configurations. There will be live demonstrations on the Haas machines, plus educational seminars on the latest trends for increasing efficiency in discrete-part manufacturing.

“Gibbs is gratified to participate at Haas Demo Days once again,” said Robb Weinstein, Senior Vice President of Sales and Strategic Planning of Gibbs and Associates. “We will demonstrate how a combination of GibbsCAM and Haas machines provides an ideal solution for customers who need to increase output, productivity and profits with single-setup millturn machining. In addition, we will highlight GibbsCAM’s VoluMill HSM option, which fully supports all Haas mills.”

Among the various HFOs featuring GibbsCAM are the following:

• Tempe, AZ | HFO
• Torrance, CA | HFO
• Union City, CA | HFO
• Denver, CO | HFO
• Windsor, CT | HFO – Trident Machine Tool
• Meridian, ID | HFO
• Indianapolis, IN | HFO – Midwest
• Hanover, MD | HFO – Lance (a division of Phillips Corporation)
• Colfax, NC | HFO – Jeffery’s Manufacturing Solutions
• Franklin, TN | HFO – Jeffery’s Manufacturing Solutions
• Auburn, WA | HFO
• Richmond, BC Canada | HFO
• Winnipeg, MB Canada | HFO – Thomas Skinner
• Toronto, ON Canada | HFO

“In support of Haas Automation, we are presenting our complete solution for Haas CNC machines, with a special focus on the new Haas ST and DS series multi-task turning centers,” continued Mr. Weinstein. “We are happy to report that we have GibbsCAM post processors and machine simulation models for these new Haas MTM machines. In July, we announced our thousandth custom MTM post processor, and the new Haas post processors represent our continuing expansion of support for MTM machines with GibbsCAM MTM software, post processors and machine simulation.”

The Haas ST series machines provide 4” of Y-axis travel (± 2” from center) for off-center milling, drilling, and tapping, and include high-torque live tooling and a servo-driven C axis. The Haas DS series machines enable turning both sides of a part in a single set up, with spindles supporting fully synchronized turning and on-the-fly part transfers. With addition of Y and C axes, and live tooling, the machines provide one-setup machining.

The GibbsCAM MTM Module, like other GibbsCAM NC programming solutions, is easy to use. It also provides the efficiency of a single interface for turning, milling and non-cutting motion, and further simplifies programming of MTMs with its Synch Manager, a highly efficient, graphical utility that synchronizes tool groups, optimizes toolpath, and alerts users to inefficient or conflicting operations.

GibbsCAM MTM post processors are customized to provide error-free operation for specific machine-control combinations, thereby maximizing productivity and efficiency.

GibbsCAM MTM is integrated with GibbsCAM Machine Simulation for complete toolpath verification and simulation of all of the machine’s moving components, to assist in developing toolpath without conflicts and collisions among tools, work piece, work holding devices and other moving components.

For more information, visit: www.gibbscam.com

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that the company will collaborate with Gardner Publications’ Modern Machine Shop to present a free webinar about using and programming multi-task machines, at 2:00 P.M Eastern (1:00 P.M. Central, 11:00 A.M. Pacific) on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.

“Andy Heffner, Gibbs application and MTM specialist, will deliver the one-hour presentation, which includes a question-answer session at the end. Mr. Heffner worked as a machinist in Germany, attaining the level of master machinist, before coming to the United States to work as an applications engineer for German machine tool builders Traub and DMG for nine years. He then worked as an independent MTM programming consultant for two years and, in 2001, upon discovering that Gibbs was the only company developing NC programming software for MTMs, Mr. Heffner joined the company. Today, as a GibbsCAM application engineer and MTM specialist, he assists customers in the implementation of MTM software and machines.

“The multiple configurations of standard and Swiss-type multi-task machines present many challenges to both new and experienced CNC programmers and machinists, who often wonder about the complexity of multiple turrets and spindles, and the best ways of optimizing NC programs,” explains Mr. Heffner. “With this webinar, we hope to answer many questions that MTM users and programmers ask frequently. I will discuss the benefits and challenges of using the machines, selecting parts for different machine configurations, working with multiple turrets and flows, and the use of NC programming automation to help prevent gouging and interference, while optimizing toolpath.”

Mr. Heffner will use GibbsCAM MTM and its many standard functions and MTM-specific features, plus GibbsCAM Machine Simulation to enhance explanations graphically and to demonstrate part programming, machines, machine configurations, multi-flow synchronization, toolpath verification, gouge detection and collision detection and avoidance.

GibbsCAM MTM fully supports multiple flows and all of the functions of both standard and Swiss style multi-task machines, including sub-spindles, live tooling, multiple turrets doing simultaneous machining, Y-axis on all turrets, thread whirling, B-axis turning, B-axis milling with Y offset, full 4- and 5-axis simultaneous machining, and synchronization to optimize turret utilization and cycle times.

Additionally, Gibbs creates unique post processors for each machine-control combination, based upon machine parameters and customer preference, to ensure that post processors are optimized for each customer’s requirements. Gibbs has delivered nearly 1,000 unique post processors for both standard and Swiss style MTM machines, including the most complex machines from Citizen, Doosan, Gildemeister, Index, Mazak, Mori Seiki, Star CNC, Tornos and Traub.

For more information or to register, visit: https://www.gotomeeting.com/register/460146617

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that it has released GibbsCAM 2011, with dozens of enhancements to make NC programming easier and faster.

“I am very pleased with the result of our development effort in the past year,” said Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates. “The 2011 release delivers many significant new features to improve efficiency in programming and machining, all while retaining the ease of use for which GibbsCAM is known. Across the product line, users will find new tools to make their jobs easier and their work more productive.”

GibbsCAM 2011 released July 8, 2011. Among the multiple additions and enhancements within the 2011 release, are the following:

Enhanced Feature and Color Recognition and Preservation – To optimize efficiency and throughput, new tagging capabilities, combined with automatic feature recognition (AFR), allow users to control how GibbsCAM imports CAD models and manages part features and attributes. Color Modes were added to extend tagging and selection criteria of geometric elements – geometry, faces, surfaces and solids. When a part contains user-defined features, or elements tagged with a color attribute, users can switch among Color Modes to distinguish, select or isolate features or elements for manipulation, copying or machining.

As a result of these enhancements, upon opening CAD models, GibbsCAM can read attributes, then recognize and preserve them as attributes in the GibbsCAM part file. Colors are preserved as CAD colors in the part file, and hole features in the model are recognizable and usable as hole features within GibbsCAM hole operations.

Hole Making Capabilities for selecting, organizing, recognizing and drilling holes have been broadly enhanced. Hole Manager, a productivity tool within GibbsCAM, now includes a new Auto Wizard, which allows users to store default settings for reuse, quickly and easily, at any time. Using AFR, holes (and entities that resemble holes) are selectable by part face, set of faces, a hole’s interior faces, or by coordinate system to which a hole feature is aligned. This streamlining enables users to automatically recognize and program hundreds of holes with as few as three mouse clicks, greatly simplifying and speeding up hole-making operations. Also, GibbsCAM now includes support for the full range of SolidWorks hole features.

Custom drill cycle options were added and, to reduce traverse and cycle time in drill cycles, a new check box enables reverse-order drilling.

5-Axis Enhancements include various new drill cycle options, toolpath conversion, toolpath smoothing and additional machining styles. The new hole making features make programming drill cycles at off-axis orientations very easy and extremely fast. Programmers can choose drill, variable peck, tap and custom drill cycles.

A new Operation Modifier enables the conversion of 2.5- and 3-axis toolpaths for 5-axis machining, which allows use of shorter tools to achieve smoother toolpaths through tool-axis rotation when the work piece or tooling interferes with the tool holder.

Toolpath smoothing methods have been implemented for all types of geometry, both STL (triangle mesh) and traditional surface geometry, to improve both tilt and rotary toolpath smoothness.

Swarf cutting can now be specified two ways. Users can drive the tool using a) upper and lower curves, with or without a drive surface, or b) a parallel-to-curve strategy with tool-axis rotation. Also new is a 5-axis trimming strategy that uses wireframe geometry.

Support for B-axis (tilting live tooling) was added to enable programming 5-axis milling with Y-axis offsets on lathes and multi-task machines equipped with a live-tooling B-axis.

For more information, visit: www.GibbsCAM.com

Cimatron Limited (NASDAQ and TASE: CIMT) announced today that it will showcase the latest versions of its software solutions at Technologia Israel. In addition, live machining will take place on two machines in the Israel Machine Tool Ltd. (IMTL) booth.

The Cimatron Group, one of the top seven largest global CAD/CAM suppliers, offers specialized solutions for mold and die makers, as well as solutions for 2.5-5 Axis production milling and turning.

New versions of Cimatron’s two main product lines, CimatronE 10.0 and GibbsCAM 2011 will be on show at the exhibition. The show will also preview the new patent pending CimatronE SuperBox, a toolpath off-loading and processing acceleration device that dramatically shortens NC programming time.

Also at the show, a 3-Axis milling machine powered by GibbsCAM, will demonstrate VoluMill, ultra high performance material removal technology.

GibbsCAM VoluMill generates toolpaths optimized for volumetric material removal, based upon desirable material removal rates, by using continuous tangential motion, specialized contour ramping and adaptive feed rates to achieve the highest feeds and speeds possible. By leveling tool load, maintaining constant machine-tool motion and using high-speed-repositioning, the software produces more efficient toolpaths, extends tool life and significantly reduces cycle times.

A second machine, the Nakamura WT 150 with two spindles and two turrets, will demonstrate efficient Multi-Tasking Machining (MTM). GibbsCAM is one of the few solutions on the market powerful enough to successfully program MTM machines with multiple spindles and turrets.

Technologia started on June 14th and will continue through June 16th in Tel Aviv, Israel. Cimatron Group will demonstrate GibbsCAM and CimatronE (hall 1, booth 37), while machining will take place in IMTL’s booth (hall 1, booth 46-47).

For more information visit: www.GibbsCAM.com or www.cimatron.com

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that many improvements within GibbsCAM 2011, including the latest additions and enhancements to 5-axis machining and multi-task machining (MTM), will be demonstrated at the EASTEC 2011 Exposition, in booth #5433, from May 17-19, at the Eastern States Exposition center in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Attendance and registration information is available at the EASTEC website.

“This exposition is yet another opportunity to demonstrate the superiority of our CAM software in challenging piece-part production environments using complex machine tools,” said Bill Gibbs, president and founder of Gibbs and Associates. “CNC programmers and manufacturing engineers will see how GibbsCAM MTM and 5-axis programming, plus toolpath verification and multi-axis machine simulation, can help them eliminate scrap, increase shop-floor safety, reduce cycle times and maximize profits.”

New GibbsCAM Features Highlighted at EASTEC
GibbsCAM presents users with an intuitive interface making GibbsCAM easy to learn and easy to use, maximizing user productivity.  During EASTEC, Gibbs and Associates will highlight some of the numerous improvements in the GibbsCAM 2011 release, including the many new MTM and 5-axis CNC programming features which optimize programming of complex machining according to the requirements of various industries, including medical, aerospace and energy. Among these features are:

5-Axis Hole-Making – A new routine for 5-axis hole-making operations, aided by enhancements to GibbsCAM’s automatic feature recognition, hole manager and hole wizard, makes programming 5-axis drill cycles much easier and much more efficient. Programming drill cycles at off-axis orientations will be very easy and will take a fraction of the time taken by other methods.

5-Axis Toolpath Conversion – A new Operation Modifier allows converting 2.5- and 3-axis toolpaths for machining in 5-axis, which enables use of shorter tools to achieve smoother toolpaths at certain surface intersections and other geometric conditions.

5-Axis Machining Styles – Additional swarf cutting capabilities have been added, as well as a new 5-axis trimming (wireframe) strategy.

5-Axis Milling on Turning Machines – Support for B-axis (tilting live tooling) enables programming of 5-axis milling with Y-axis offsets on lathes and multi-task machines equipped with a live-tooling B-axis.

MTM Thread Whirling – GibbsCAM support of thread whirling attachments is a key addition for multi-task machines with multiple axes (typically running with 5-axis simultaneous motion). Thread whirling attachments provide the rigidity and rotary tools to make screws of high length-to-diameter ratio, such as ball screws, worm shafts, feedscrews and acme screws.

For more information visit: www.GibbsCAM.com

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron (Nasdaq: CIMT) company, announced today that its latest release of GibbsCAM, in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, has been certified for Autodesk Inventor 2012 3D mechanical design software under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Applications Program. Digital Prototyping with Autodesk Inventor software gives manufacturers the ability to digitally design, visualize and simulate how a product will work under real world conditions before it is built, which helps reduce cost and increase efficiency. Certification demonstrates that the product is of high quality and up to date, and that it provides the highest level of interoperability with Autodesk Inventor software.

“We are pleased to announce continued support for directly reading Autodesk Inventor models and assemblies into GibbsCAM, extending into the eleventh year the high interoperability to which our joint customers have become accustomed,” said Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates. “Our customers can continue to take advantage of the numerous usability and productivity enhancements of each new GibbsCAM release, including additions for programming the latest, most sophisticated machine tools, without sacrificing the ease of use for which GibbsCAM is known.”

GibbsCAM, in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions, is compatible with Windows 7, so users can take advantage of the latest offerings from Autodesk, GibbsCAM and Microsoft on a single platform. An easy-to-use and simple-to-navigate interface, with language and icons familiar to programmers and machinists, allows GibbsCAM users to quickly take advantage of its powerful capabilities – from minimizing the time it takes to learn use of the software, to making manufacturing engineering tasks and production machining extremely intuitive and efficient. GibbsCAM provides the capability to program the most complex machining processes, and the flexibility to allow user-preferred approaches to jobs, with options that are logical to programmers.

“We are very pleased to have Gibbs and Associates renew Inventor certification for GibbsCAM,” said Carl White, Director of Digital Design product management at Autodesk., “GibbsCAM has supported Autodesk Inventor with direct reading of Inventor models and assemblies since the beginning of our certification program, with constant dedication to interoperability and ease of use. We are proud to have companies like Gibbs and Associates as partners in delivering extensible, flexible and easy-to-use applications to our manufacturing customers.”

GibbsCAM’s full associativity of geometry, processes and toolpaths, easily accommodates updates to Autodesk Inventor part geometry and process parameters. With GibbsCAM, NC programmers can quickly optimize parts for machining and program machine tools to make the parts, whether they have simple geometry needing only 2-axis turning or 2.5-axis milling, or complex geometry requiring use of 5-axis milling, MTM or Swiss-style turning centers. GibbsCAM verifies toolpaths with gouge detection and interference checking, and enables additional testing and prove-out with a dynamic display of all moving components of a selected machine tool as it makes the part. These, and many other features of GibbsCAM help manufacturers eliminate scrap, reduce cycle times, and maximize efficiency, safety and profits.

For more information visit: www.gibbscam.com

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that it has granted Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) a network license of twenty-five seats of GibbsCAM software and post processor library, which, when combined with first year maintenance, which was also granted, is valued at almost $510,000. The software includes functionality to open CAD models from their native format file, modify and prepare CAD models for machining, and generate, verify, simulate and post process CNC toolpaths for up to 4-axis milling, rotary milling, and multi-axis turning. It will be used for CAD/CAM, CNC programming, and machinist apprenticeship and training classes of the NAIT School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Technology, and for its periodic GibbsCAM-only training classes, the first of which will be offered in April, 2011.

“We are grateful to Gibbs for its generous support,” said David Grabski, Associate Chair, NAIT Machinist program.  “GibbsCAM will provide our instructors the option to teach CNC programming with a system that is locally well-supported and which has a reputation for demonstrable ease of use. It will be most helpful in programming our multi-axis machining centers and dual-spindle turning centers with live tooling, where verification and machine simulation are more important.”

The NAIT Machinist program, one of the largest in North America, is conducted within the 31,000 square-foot, NAIT Sandvik Coromant Centre for Machinist Technology, which houses three machine shops, a CNC lab, two computer labs, five “smart” classrooms, and a metrology/inspection lab. It employs nearly 200 machine tools, including 24 conventional milling machines and 83 conventional lathes, and has capacity to train 1,820 students annually. The facility offers a four-year apprenticeship program (responsible for approximately 70% of Alberta’s machinist apprenticeship training); a full-time, one-year CNC certificate program; and two pre-employment machinist programs. At the core of its CNC machining programs are 36 CNCs, all made by Haas Automation. These include lathes, turning centers, dual-spindle turning centers, and vertical and horizontal machining centers.

“Because NAIT enjoys an exceptional reputation serving Canadian and international industry, we are proud to assist it with a grant of software to help machining students achieve higher levels of CNC programming faster than could be achieved with other software,” said Robb Weinstein, Gibbs’ Senior VP, Sales and Strategic Planning. “Our user base is growing rapidly in Alberta, serving oil, gas and other industries, and we hope to help customers find new employees that already know how to use a powerful and increasingly popular CAM system. We look forward to NAIT’s success with GibbsCAM in its machinist and CNC training programs.”

For more information visit: www.gibbscam.com or www.nait.ca

Thursday, 31 March 2011 07:59

GibbsCAM MTM to be Demonstrated at PMTS 2011

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Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that it will demonstrate its industry-leading GibbsCAM MTM (multi-task machine) CNC programming software at the 2011 Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS), to be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, April 19-21, 2011. The entire suite of the forthcoming GibbsCAM 2011 software release will also be available for previewing in the GibbsCAM booth #807.

The GibbsCAM NC programming system for MTM allows manufacturers to safely and efficiently program the most advanced and sophisticated multi-tasking machines with multiple turrets and spindles. It fully supports multiple flows and all of the functions of both standard and Swiss style multi-task machines, including sub-spindles, live tooling, multiple turrets doing simultaneous machining, Y-axis on all turrets, thread whirling, B-axis turning, B-axis milling with Y offset, full 4- and 5-axis simultaneous machining, and synchronization to optimize turret utilization and cycle times. Furthermore, Gibbs creates unique post processors for each machine and control combination, based upon MTM machine parameters and customer preferences, ensuring that each post processor is optimized for each customer’s requirements. Gibbs has delivered nearly 1,000 unique post processors for both standard and Swiss style MTM machines, including the most complex machines from Citizen, Doosan, Mazak, Mori Seiki, Star CNC and Tornos.

“Our continued collaboration with machine-tool builders and other partners, in satisfying customer requirements, has kept us at the forefront of MTM and Swiss machine CNC programming software,” says Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates. “Staying current with the multiple variations, multi-axis combinations and inherent complexity of these machines is a primary requirement for us. Knowing what tool and control builders are doing enables us to deliver software tools for programming, synchronization, toolpath verification and machine simulation that make customers as productive and profitable as their machines and processes will allow.”

Standard features of GibbsCAM are an easy-to-use and simple-to-navigate user interface with language and icons familiar to programmers and machinists, the capability to program the most complex machining processes, and the flexibility to allow user-preferred approaches to jobs, with options that are logical to programmers. Additional features of great importance to MTM programmers are integration of turning, milling and utility operations; synchronization of turrets and spindles; and a summary of operations.

GibbsCAM integrates turning, milling and utility operations, so the user can move back and forth from turning to milling to utility operations, at any time, with simple mouse clicks. Integration enables programming operations in proper sequence, without leaving the software, so that trouble-shooting a program is usually nothing more than optimization.

For visualization and toolpath verification, GibbsCAM includes Cut Part Rendering, which displays material removal whenever the programmer generates a toolpath, which can be verified in process, allowing the programmer to correct errors incrementally. The visual state of a part after each operation becomes stock for the next, as if the part were being machined. A part transferred to the sub-spindle is displayed with all prior, main-spindle operations completed, so the material removal display is accurate at every stage. In addition, GibbsCAM’s machine simulation option allows users to simulate both the part being machined and all motion of the machine’s moving components.

For machine synchronization and optimization, GibbsCAM MTM’s Sync Manager displays operations being machined on each turret and spindle, thereby allowing users to interactively optimize machine time. Sync Manager is especially useful for production runs where program optimization multiplies savings across thousands of parts. It allows automatic synchronization to prevent conflicts, and permits interactive wait-code insertion, with automatic checks and alerts for conflicts. GibbsCAM also accommodates use of machining patterns or machine modes, by allowing selection of the required utility, also allowing the programmer to insert a code within a flow, and automatically synchronizing the program with wait codes at the corresponding locations in the other flows.

GibbsCAM’s Operations Summary displays tool parameters and machining time for each operation, and a total cycle time, useful in locating lengthy operations for further optimization. Once programs are optimized, data from the Operations Summary is often used to estimate jobs, gauge machine and operator productivity, and even develop time-based incentives for machine operators.

All GibbsCAM software is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The 64-bit version enables users to work with much larger files and to achieve faster and more accurate results with certain graphic, toolpath generation and post processing functions. It also provides higher efficiency and accuracy in evaluating machining operations with toolpath rendering and machine simulation, and provides full compatibility with 64-bit CAD systems, such as SolidWorks, Solid Edge and Autodesk Inventor. GibbsCAM is compatible with Windows 7.

For more information visit: www.GibbsCAM.com or www.pmts.com

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that the latest 5-axis machining features and many other features planned for release within GibbsCAM 2011, will be demonstrated at the forthcoming AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition and Conference, in Booth #1324. The event will be held from April 5-7, 2011, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is producing AeroDef, with backing from the largest American aerospace manufacturers and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. The event will showcase the latest in advanced manufacturing processes, from enabling technologies through advanced integrated systems. Keynote speakers from Boeing, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and NASA’s Glenn Research Center will kick off daily conference sessions.

“This industry show and conference is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate the superiority of our CAM software in driving the complex machine tools that challenge aerospace and defense,” said Bill Gibbs, president and founder of Gibbs and Associates. “Engineers and programmers across the aerospace and defense supply chain will be able to see how GibbsCAM features such as MTM and 5-axis programming, plus toolpath verification and multi-axis machine simulation, can help them to eliminate scrap, increase shop-floor safety, reduce cycle times and maximize profits.”

New GibbsCAM Features Highlighted at AeroDef

At AeroDef, Gibbs and Associates will highlight additions and enhancements planned for the GibbsCAM 2011 release, including new MTM and 5-axis CNC programming features that serve the complex machining requirements of aerospace and defense suppliers. Among these are:

5-Axis Hole-Making – A new routine for 5-axis hole-making operations, aided by enhancements to GibbsCAM’s automatic feature recognition, hole manager and hole wizard, makes programming 5-axis drill cycles much easier and much more efficient. Programming drill cycles at off-axis orientations will be very easy and will take a fraction of the time taken by other methods.

5-Axis Toolpath Conversion – A new Operation Modifier allows converting 2.5- and 3-axis toolpaths for machining in 5-axis, which enables use of shorter tools to achieve smoother toolpaths at certain surface intersections and other geometric conditions.

5-Axis Machining Styles – Additional swarf cutting capabilities have been added, as well as a new 5-axis trimming (wireframe) strategy.

5-Axis Milling on Turning Machines – Support for B-axis (tilting live tooling) enables programming of 5-axis milling with Y-axis offsets on lathes and multi-task machines equipped with a live-tooling B-axis.

MTM Thread Whirling – GibbsCAM support of thread whirling attachments is a key addition for multi-task machines with multiple axes (typically running with 5-axis simultaneous motion). Thread whirling attachments provide the rigidity and rotary tools to make screws of high length-to-diameter ratio, such as ball screws, worm shafts, feedscrews and acme screws.

For more information visit: www.GibbsCAM.com

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced its participation at the Manufacturing for Growth (MFG) Meeting, the first national, interactive forum jointly organized and produced by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA), the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA). To create this event, and provide a forum for business owners and executives to discuss and share ideas for building sustainable economic growth in the U.S., the four associations combined their annual meetings.

Gibbs and Associates, a supporting member of AMT, AMTDA and NTMA, will be presenting general information about GibbsCAM, its CNC programming software, and demonstrating key software features through pre-selected parts. An informal atmosphere will provide attendees convenient access to GibbsCAM and other exhibitors throughout the four days of the Manufacturing for Growth meeting, which will be held in Chandler, Arizona, from March 3-6, 2011.

Event organizers expect hundreds of association member and non-member business managers and executives from companies of all sizes, working in industries as diverse as aerospace, construction, energy, automotive and medical. The expected attendance is a cross-sectional representation of industries served by GibbsCAM, which is used in production machining across the manufacturing sector to generate, verify, simulate and post process NC programs for milling, turning and multi-task machining (MTM) CNCs of all configurations and complexity. Additional information about the Manufacturing for Growth meeting, together with registration information, is available from the event’s web site, at http://www.themfgmeeting.com

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced its participation at HaasTec 2011, the Haas Open House, in support of machine-tool builder Haas Automation. GibbsCAM supports the vertical and horizontal CNC machining centers, lathes, new multi-task machines, and 5-axis rotary tables and indexers that Haas manufactures. Easy-to-use CNC programming features include programming for 5-axis simultaneous machining, tombstone management, multi-task machining (MTM), toolpath verification, machine simulation and post processors. Haas will hold the HaasTec 2011 Open House at its manufacturing and headquarters facility at 2800 Sturgis Road, in Oxnard, California. The event will run daily, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., from March 10-12, 2011.

“HaasTec is a great opportunity for displaying Haas and Gibbs technology in action,” says Bill Gibbs, Gibbs and Associates company founder and president. “We believe that GibbsCAM is the best software for programming MTMs, and we enjoy demonstrating our leadership in MTM and other categories, with easy-to-learn, easy-to-use software that takes advantage of the technology that a machine offers. GibbsCAM supports the latest and most capable MTM from Haas, the DS-30SSY, which is a dual-spindle, single-turret, Y-axis machine with live tooling. We look forward to showing Haas customers the superiority of GibbsCAM in programming their CNCs faster and maximizing profitability from them.”

All of the GibbsCAM features that support Haas machine tools will be available for demonstration at the Open House, where guests can visit with Gibbs and with vendors of tooling and probing equipment. The latest Haas CNC technology will be on live display, with twenty machines cutting metal. Haas will also provide guided tours of its 1,000,000 square-foot manufacturing and assembly facility, so that visitors can see, on the production floor and from above it, how and where Haas machines are built. After the guided tours, Haas will serve lunch “under the big tent.” Haas encourages advance registration, and provides additional information at the HaasTec event page, together with a link to a registration form, although registrants may go directly to http://www.HaasCNC.com/openday to register.

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that many GibbsCAM 2011 new capabilities especially beneficial for SolidWorks users will be previewed in Booth #621 during the SolidWorks World 2011 Conference. The conference will be held from January 23-26, 2011, at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. This will be the thirteenth time that Gibbs and Associates supports the SolidWorks World annual conference with its modular suite of CAM software.

GibbsCAM 2011 is optimized for machining parts designed in SolidWorks® 2011, and is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Partner Product. It further helps SolidWorks 2011 users with its unique interface, which makes CAM software easy to learn and easy to use, with language and icons that manufacturing professionals understand.

Among the many new features of GibbsCAM that conference attendees will see are recognition and preservation of SolidWorks features and colors, and the direct transfer of SolidWorks-wizard-generated holes to the GibbsCAM Hole Manager. Upon opening a SolidWorks model, GibbsCAM 2011 reads model attributes, then recognizes and preserves them as attributes in the GibbsCAM part file. Colors assigned by SolidWorks are preserved as CAD colors in the part file. All holes generated by the SolidWorks hole wizard transfer directly into the GibbsCAM Hole Manager and are automatically recognized. GibbsCAM’s hole wizard has been enhanced and now establishes default values, letting users implement default-based hole-making operations with no more interaction than three mouse clicks.

“We expect that our current and prospective customers will be very pleased with the numerous improvements we have made in the past year, as well as the new enhancements made specifically for SolidWorks interoperability,” said Bill Gibbs, president and founder of Gibbs and Associates. “SolidWorks users will see why GibbsCAM continues to be the best NC programming system available to them, while our joint customers can continue to take advantage of GibbsCAM 2011’s interoperability with SolidWorks 2011 to accurately open SolidWorks part models, and efficiently use them to generate programs for the simplest and most complex CNC machine tools.”

The combination of GibbsCAM 2011 and SolidWorks 2011 provides a complete CAD/CAM solution for most manufacturing environments. Whether parts have simple geometry needing only 2.5-axis milling or 2-axis turning, or complex geometry requiring use of 5-axis machining, MTM or Swiss-style turning centers, the SolidWorks-GibbsCAM combination accommodates and optimizes the machining process. 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. Multiple GibbsCAM features help users eliminate scrap, reduce cycle times, and maximize efficiency, safety and profits.

About Gibbs and Associates
For over twenty five years, Gibbs and Associates has been a leader in providing cutting edge CAD/CAM technology, while maintaining its signature ease-of-use and productivity. Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful is the guiding philosophy at Gibbs. Gibbs believes in empowering the NC programmer, machinist, and manufacturing engineer, not eliminating them. Gibbs’ goal is to introduce manufacturers to new technologies and new ways of working that makes their machining easier and their businesses more profitable. To achieve this goal, Gibbs creates tools that are naturally intuitive, graphically interactive, extremely visual, associative, and just plain enjoyable to use. Gibbs provides a total quality solution with the service and support successful customers require.

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 has received Microsoft’s “Designed for Windows XP/2000” and “Works with Windows Vista” certifications. GibbsCAM’s data exchange capabilities are able to access the broadest range of native and industry standard CAD data formats. GibbsCAM is certified under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Application Program, is a Solid Edge Certified Select Product, and is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Product. GibbsCAM is either offered or endorsed by a number of leading worldwide control and machine tool manufacturers, including GE Fanuc, Infimatic, Siemens, Doosan Infracore, Haas, Index, MAG Fadal, Mazak, Mitsubishi, Mori Seiki, and Tornos. Gibbs and Associates distributes its products worldwide through a network of international Resellers.

In January 2008, Gibbs and Associates merged with Cimatron Ltd, and is now operating as a wholly owned subsidiary. For more information about Gibbs and Associates and its CAM software packages, call 1-800-654-9399, or visit the company on-line at www.GibbsCAM.com.

About Cimatron
With over 25 years of experience and more than 40,000 installations worldwide, Cimatron is a leading provider of integrated, CAD/CAM solutions for mold, tool and die makers as well as manufacturers of discrete parts. Cimatron is committed to providing comprehensive, cost-effective solutions that streamline manufacturing cycles, enable collaboration with outside vendors, and ultimately shorten product delivery time.

The Cimatron product line includes the CimatronE and GibbsCAM brands with solutions for mold design, die design, electrodes design, 2.5 to 5 axes milling, wire EDM, turn, Mill-turn, rotary milling, multi-task machining, and tombstone machining. Cimatron's subsidiaries and extensive distribution network serve and support customers in the automotive, aerospace, medical, consumer plastics, electronics, and other industries in over 40 countries worldwide.

Cimatron is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol CIMT. For more information, please visit the company web site at www.cimatron.com.

The Gibbs logo, GibbsCAM, GibbsCAM logo, Virtual Gibbs, SolidSurfacer and “Powerfully Simple. Simply Powerful.” are either trademark(s) or registered trademark(s) of Gibbs and Associates in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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This press release includes forward looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such statements may relate to the Company’s plans, objectives and expected financial and operating results. The words "may," "could," "would," “will,” "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," and similar expressions or variations thereof are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s ability to control. The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward looking statements include, but are not limited to: currency fluctuations, global economic and political conditions, marketing demand for Gibbs and Associates or Cimatron products and services, long sales cycles, new product development, assimilating future acquisitions, maintaining relationships with customers and partners, and increased competition. For more details about the risks and uncertainties related to the Company's business, refer to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company cannot assess the impact of or the extent to which any single factor or risk, or combination of them, may cause. Gibbs and Associates and Cimatron undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today announced that its suite of GibbsCAM modules supports SolidWorks® 2011 3D CAD software with new capabilities to make geometry machinable and to generate NC programs for all configurations of mills and lathes, including Multi-task machines (MTM), Swissturn machines, and 5-axis machining centers. 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 optimizes core design functions so that users can more quickly and intelligently achieve their goals. It also includes hundreds of new enhancements specifically requested by customers. The new version of SolidWorks improves designers’ and engineers’ productivity with new capabilities like rapid dimensions, enhanced mirrored components, and heads-up mouse gesturing. These capabilities let designers and engineers work smarter and faster while minimizing menu navigation.

“Engineers, NC programmers and machinists don’t have time to worry about software complexity or the problem of integrating data between separate applications,” said Nick Iwaskow, SolidWorks Manager, Alliances. “Combining GibbsCAM’s CNC programming, toolpath verification, machine-tool simulation, and post processing with SolidWorks 2011 3D CAD enables engineers, NC programmers and machinists to focus on innovation, quality, and productivity instead of how to use the software.”

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 analyze and optimize 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 postprocesses them to generate optimal NC programs. The manufacturing engineer and NC programmer can use various GibbsCAM features to eliminate scrap, reduce cycle times, and maximize efficiency, safety and profits.

“A high percentage of our customers use SolidWorks for 3D CAD,” said Bill Gibbs, president and founder of Gibbs and Associates. “They will be as pleased as we are to have an easy-to-use CAM solution that supports accurate and efficient use of SolidWorks 2011 models to easily and productively generate programs for their CNC machines, from the simplest to the most complex.”

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 centers 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 needing only simple milling or turning, or complex geometry requiring use of 5-axis machining, MTM or Swiss-style turning centers, the SolidWorks-GibbsCAM combination accommodates the manufacturing process.

About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM
For over twenty five years, Gibbs and Associates has been a leader in providing cutting edge CAD/CAM technology, while maintaining its signature ease-of-use and productivity. Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful is the guiding philosophy at Gibbs. Gibbs believes in empowering the NC programmer, machinist, and manufacturing engineer, not eliminating them. Gibbs’ goal is to introduce manufacturers to new technologies and new ways of working that makes their machining easier and their businesses more profitable. To achieve this goal, Gibbs creates tools that are naturally intuitive, graphically interactive, extremely visual, associative, and just plain enjoyable to use. Gibbs provides a total quality solution with the service and support that successful customers require.

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 and Certified for Windows Vista. GibbsCAM’s data exchange capabilities are able to access the broadest range of native and industry standard CAD data formats. GibbsCAM is certified under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Program, is a Siemens Solution Partner Program-PLM for Solid Edge product, and is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Product. GibbsCAM is either offered or endorsed by a number of leading worldwide control and machine tool manufacturers, including GE Fanuc, Infimatic, Siemens, Doosan Infracore, Haas, Index, MAG Fadal, Mazak, Mitsubishi, Mori Seiki, and Tornos. Gibbs and Associates distributes its products worldwide through a network of international Resellers.

In January 2008, Gibbs and Associates merged with Cimatron Ltd., and is now operating as a wholly owned subsidiary. For more information about Gibbs and Associates and its CAM software packages, visit our web site (www.GibbsCAM.com) or call 1-800-654-9399 (outside of North America, call +1-805-523-0004).

About Cimatron
With over 25 years of experience and more than 40,000 installations worldwide, Cimatron is a leading provider of integrated, CAD/CAM solutions for mold, tool and die makers as well as manufacturers of discrete parts. Cimatron is committed to providing comprehensive, cost-effective solutions that streamline manufacturing cycles, enable collaboration with outside vendors, and ultimately shorten product delivery time.

The Cimatron product line includes the CimatronE and GibbsCAM brands with solutions for mold design, die design, electrodes design, 2.5 to 5 axes milling, wire EDM, turn, Mill-turn, rotary milling, multi-task machining, and tombstone machining. Cimatron's subsidiaries and extensive distribution network serve and support customers in the automotive, aerospace, medical, consumer plastics, electronics, and other industries in over 40 countries worldwide.

Cimatron's shares are publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol CIMT. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at: http://www.cimatron.com.

The Gibbs logo, GibbsCAM, GibbsCAM logo, Virtual Gibbs, SolidSurfacer and “Powerfully Simple. Simply Powerful.” are either trademark(s) or registered trademark(s) of Gibbs and Associates in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our web site (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2009 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release includes forward looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such statements may relate to the Company’s plans, objectives and expected financial and operating results. The words "may," "could," "would," “will,” "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," and similar expressions or variations thereof are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s ability to control. The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward looking statements include, but are not limited to: currency fluctuations, global economic and political conditions, marketing demand for Gibbs and Associates or Cimatron products and services, long sales cycles, new product development, assimilating future acquisitions, maintaining relationships with customers and partners, and increased competition. For more details about the risks and uncertainties related to the Company's business, refer to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company cannot assess the impact of or the extent to which any single factor or risk, or combination of them, may cause. Gibbs and Associates and Cimatron undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, today congratulated GibbsCAM user Center Rock on its significant role in the October 2010 rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners: Center Rock’s Low Profile (LP) Hole Opener drills – which were produced with machine tools programmed with GibbsCAM – shortened the rescue effort by two and a half months.

Chilean-Miner-Rescue Drills Made with CNCs Programmed by GibbsCAM
Brandon Fisher, Center Rock founder and CEO (left), with Richard Soppe, down-hole-drill project manager, and their worn 26” Low Profile drill that made the final bore to the Chilean miners, 2,067 feet below the surface.

New CAM Feature Halves Roughing Time 2
Center Rock uses GibbsCAM to program all their CNC machine tools, including their Doosan MX2500 multi-task machines, which are used to machine complex parts and all Low Profile drill bits. Here, GibbsCAM Cut Part Rendering displays multiple views of toolpath for machining the 7-7/8” LP drill bits loaded on the 26” and 28” LP drills.

Center Rock Inc., of Berlin, PA, has been using GibbsCAM for almost six years. The air drill maker has significantly reduced expenses with multi-task machines programmed by GibbsCAM, eliminating the cost of fixtures and the time and cost of handling and multiple set-ups. Other key reasons for using GibbsCAM include its ease of use and its ability to program all configurations of CNC machining centers, turning centers, mill-turn and multi-task machine (MTM) tools.

Center Rock has been using the GibbsCAM mill-turn and 3-axis milling modules since 2005, and GibbsCAM rotary milling and advanced MTM modules since 2006. The integrated GibbsCAM modules open SolidWorks CAD models directly, so that Center Rock programmers can use and manipulate engineers’ solid-model geometry to program their seven CNCs. For turning operations, Center Rock uses three Doosan 2-axis lathes: a Puma 300, a Puma 400 and a Puma 480. Three-axis milling and rotary milling is done on two Mazak horizontal machining centers, while parts with complex geometry and parts that would otherwise require multiple set-ups on lathes and machining centers are made with two Doosan Puma MX2500 multi-task machine tools.

Unlike the drills used by the two other drillers attempting to reach the Chilean miners trapped 2,067 feet below the surface, Center Rock’s drills use highly compressed air instead of fluids to drive drill bits and clear rock fragments. Other drills grind through rock, typically with roller cone bits, flushing and clearing the ground rock away from drill bits with water or other fluids. A Center Rock drill, representing newer technology, uses multiple pneumatic hammers, each steadily pounding a drill bit to crush rock as the drill rotates, much like a group of rotating jack hammers. In addition to driving the hammers, the compressed air is circulated to blow rock flakes and dust upward away from the bits. These newer DTH (down the hole) drills cut through hard rock much faster than older, fluid-operated systems.

In the Chilean miner rescue, Center Rock used three drill sizes to reach the 33 miners 2,067 feet below the surface. The first was their 5.5 x 12 QL 120 hole opener, used to widen one of the ventilation holes from its 5.5 inch diameter to a 12 inch diameter that larger drills could use as a guide or pilot hole. The second and third were LP (low profile) drills of 28 inch diameter and 26 inch diameter, respectively, both configured as hole openers, and each using four pneumatic hammers and four, 7-7/8 inch diameter, tungsten steel drill bits.

Among the machined components for the LP drills are the flange and receivers at the top, the flat plates, the chucks for the hammers, and a long, serrated pilot or “nose.” However, the hardest parts and those with the most complex geometry are the LP drill bits, which Center Rock manufactures with various face shapes for specific applications. In addition to turning operations, areas of each bit may require flat, contour, radial or axial milling, and each bit may require various holes at different angles. These features, combined, lend themselves well to multi-task machining. With GibbsCAM MTM software and the Doosan MX2500, Center Rock programmers and machinists make each bit in a single set-up, eliminating the cost of fixtures and the time and cost of handling and multiple set-ups.

Because GibbsCAM integrates all operations, the CNC programmer stays within the same user interface, without having to exit an active module to initiate another, when programming mill-turn or MTM. All operations – turning, milling, drilling, and non-cutting motion, such as tool changes, turret motion and transfers between spindles – are executed within the same interface. GibbsCAM MTM provides automated and interactive ways to insert syncs (wait codes) and displays flows for each tool group side by side, making it easy for the programmer to optimize the toolpath. It also includes toolpath verification with dynamic display of tool motion and material removal, so the programmer can verify the toolpath whenever he wants: after each operation as it is completed, after a group of operations, or when the entire toolpath is completed.

Much as Center Rock used its own technology and expertise to cut in half the time to rescue the 33 miners – from five months to two and a half – Center Rock programmers and machinists speed up production of drills and drill bits every day, using GibbsCAM to drive their Mazak machining centers, Doosan Puma lathes and MX2500 MTM machines.

For more information about GibbsCAM, or to locate your local GibbsCAM reseller, call 1-800-654-9399, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Information about GibbsCAM is also available at the company’s website, www.GibbsCAM.com.

About Gibbs and Associates
For over twenty five years, Gibbs and Associates has been a leader in providing cutting edge CAD/CAM technology, while maintaining its signature ease-of-use and productivity. Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful is the guiding philosophy at Gibbs. Gibbs believes in empowering the NC programmer, machinist, and manufacturing engineer, not eliminating them. Gibbs’ goal is to introduce manufacturers to new technologies and new ways of working that makes their machining easier and their businesses more profitable. To achieve this goal, Gibbs creates tools that are naturally intuitive, graphically interactive, extremely visual, associative, and just plain enjoyable to use. Gibbs provides a total quality solution with the service and support successful customers require.

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 has received Microsoft’s “Designed for Windows XP/2000” and “Works with Windows Vista” certifications. GibbsCAM’s data exchange capabilities are able to access the broadest range of native and industry standard CAD data formats. GibbsCAM is certified under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Application Program, is a Solid Edge Certified Select Product, and is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Product. GibbsCAM is either offered or endorsed by a number of leading worldwide control and machine tool manufacturers, including GE Fanuc, Infimatic, Siemens, Doosan Infracore, Haas, Index, MAG Fadal, Mazak, Mitsubishi, Mori Seiki, and Tornos. Gibbs and Associates distributes its products worldwide through a network of international Resellers.

In January 2008, Gibbs and Associates merged with Cimatron Ltd, and is now operating as a wholly owned subsidiary. For more information about Gibbs and Associates and its CAM software packages, call 1-800-654-9399, or visit the company on-line at www.GibbsCAM.com.

About Cimatron
With over 25 years of experience and more than 40,000 installations worldwide, Cimatron is a leading provider of integrated, CAD/CAM solutions for mold, tool and die makers as well as manufacturers of discrete parts. Cimatron is committed to providing comprehensive, cost-effective solutions that streamline manufacturing cycles, enable collaboration with outside vendors, and ultimately shorten product delivery time.

The Cimatron product line includes the CimatronE and GibbsCAM brands with solutions for mold design, die design, electrodes design, 2.5 to 5 axes milling, wire EDM, turn, Mill-turn, rotary milling, multi-task machining, and tombstone machining. Cimatron's subsidiaries and extensive distribution network serve and support customers in the automotive, aerospace, medical, consumer plastics, electronics, and other industries in over 40 countries worldwide.

Cimatron is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol CIMT. For more information, please visit the company web site at www.cimatron.com.

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