Three-Axis Software

Gibbs and Associates’ (Moorpark, CA) has developed a suite of three-axis enhancements for its GibbsCAM software for programming CNC machine tools—further extending the company’s existing machining capability and provide the user with a complete range of milling functionality with support for high speed machining.

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Gibbs and Associates’ (Moorpark, CA) has developed a suite of three-axis enhancements for its GibbsCAM software for programming CNC machine tools—further extending the company’s existing machining capability and provide the user with a complete range of milling functionality with support for high speed machining. The software provided more control and flexibility in toolpath generation with integral high speed machining support and introduces a wide variety of new capabilities, such as 3D rest milling which focuses machining only on remaining material to be removed—minimizing air cutting and significantly reducing cutting time. Multiple containment areas and avoidance areas allow precise control of toolpath to efficiently control the machining process. The user can also specify that the toolpath generated by the new three-axis functionality has no sharp corners, optimized for high-speed machining. New machining techniques also are included that consider the slope of the surfaces being machined resulting in toolpath with a true constant step over, minimizing tool wear, improving surface finish, and cutting the part faster.