Highly Enhanced Plunge Rough Software Feature

Gibbs and Associates (Moorpark, CA)—developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company—offers the release version of its highly enhanced Plunge Rough feature.

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Gibbs and Associates (Moorpark, CA)—developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company—offers the release version of its highly enhanced Plunge Rough feature.

The new Plunge Rough feature, now one of many user-controlled custom processes within GibbsCAM 2010, accommodates the latest, inserted, plunge milling tools specially developed for this type of material removal, and allows users to specify machining patterns and multiple variables to control tools and motion for fast plunge roughing with optimal surface finish and tool longevity.

GibbsCAM Advanced 3-D users will see Plunge Rough as a custom process tile appearing in their Machining palette, with several new options and parameters, including the ability to:

• Specify plunge milling patterns as linear (with cutting direction at any angle), circular, contour, or as patterns between two specified guide curves

• Select part type as core or cavity

• Define pull-off motion and distance to eliminate surface marking and minimize tool wear

• Specify containment surfaces, containment geometry, and stock bodies to control areas to be machined

• Plunge rough contour patterns with containment, after faces to be machined, containment faces, and the start point of the contour are specified