By DE Editors
Gibbs and Associates has announced GibbsCAM VoluMill Solids, a new option for the high-speed-machining (HSM) of solid models directly within GibbsCAM.
The VoluMill Solids option, an incremental enhancement to the GibbsCAM VoluMill Wireframe option, is integrated within GibbsCAM. As such, it allows GibbsCAM users to select solids, surfaces, and facet bodies to generate HSM toolpaths.
Typically, traditional roughing toolpaths are generated as parallel offsets (with sharp corners and transitions), which require stops, starts, and variable speeds for optimizing motion to reduce tool wear and excessive tool loading, according to the company. In contrast, VoluMill develops toolpaths optimized for volumetric material removal, based upon desirable material removal rates, by using continuous tangential motion, specialized contour ramping, and adaptive feed rates.
The GibbsCAM VoluMill Solids option provides users the ability to directly machine solid models, whether they are created in GibbsCAM, SolidWorks, Inventor, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, Siemens NX, or many other CAD systems.
VoluMill Solids is available for GibbsCAM 2010 and subsequent releases.
For more information, visit GibbsCAM.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.