Turbo Machinery Options Software

5-Axis-MultiBlade and 5-Axis-Advanced MultiBlade

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Gibbs and Associates (Moorpark, CA) has announced two GibbsCAM options that are specialized for simplifying the machining of turbo machinery parts (rotary parts with blades).


The options—5-Axis-MultiBlade and 5-Axis-Advanced MultiBlade—are fully integrated into GibbsCAM for use on machining centers and MTM machines. The options offer two levels of sophistication, both built with a specialized and dedicated interface within the GibbsCAM 5-Axis option. The MultiBlade interface provides access to toolpath strategies used in machining bladed parts, such as impellers, blisks (bladed disks) and blings (bladed rings), which are used in multiple industries where fluid (gas or liquid) compression or pressurized flow is required, chiefly aerospace, automotive and power generation. Consistent with the rest of the GibbsCAM NC programming environment, the new modules are easy to learn and easy to use.


While the GibbsCAM 5-Axis module is a powerful multi-purpose programming tool, very capable of generating toolpath for all parts requiring simultaneous 5-axis motion, the MultiBlade Options simplify machining of bladed parts, beginning with its integration within the GibbsCAM environment. Equally important is an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, which uses common turbo machinery terminology. Another simplification is that geometric manipulation is not necessary, because the MultiBlade Options work directly from the geometric model. Users need only select predetermined items such as the hub, blade, shroud, etc., to begin programming. Furthermore, toolpath strategies available within MultiBlade are only those required or typically used to machine those geometric elements, but with all the flexibility to specify machining parameters.


The GibbsCAM 5-Axis-MultiBlade Option is designed for machining parts of simple to moderate complexity, and provides a subset of the features within the 5-Axis-Advanced MultiBlade Option, which adds functionality for machining highly complex parts. User requirements determine which module is best for the individual manufacturer.
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