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GibbsCAM Multi-Axis

As a modular suite of CNC programming tools, GibbsCAM has a solution for every milling requirement. When you need to move beyond 3-axis milling into rotary milling of any type, there is a GibbsCAM option to accommodate your requirements with speed and efficiency. Each GibbsCAM option has a different range of capabilities, different input requirements, and different toolpath capabilities. Selecting the best option(s) for a specific part and machine will yield the best results. All of GibbsCAM's rotary milling options are supported by a huge library of post processors and a staff dedicated to building and maintaining post processors.

5-Axis Milling achieves 5-axis motion with 2 rotary and 3 linear axes. It provides powerful programming tools to meet all the challenges of 3-, 4- and 5-axis simultaneous machining, without sacrificing ease of use. Input is a combination of 3D wireframe geometry, solids and surfaces. GibbsCAM's geometry creation and editing tools accommodate any modeling or editing required to prepare a part model for machining. A robust set of multi-surface strategies supports machining a full range of uniquely shaped parts directly from the model's surfaces. The user has full control of tool axis tilt. Comprehensive collision control checks the tool and holder for collisions with the part and workholding devices, and automatically corrects the toolpath according to user specified parameters. A sophisticated and powerful programming tool for any 5-axis programmer, this option is ideal for 5-axis simultaneous capable mills, mill-turns and MTM machines, and also a very good solution for 4-axis machines when working directly from solids and surfaces. The integration of 5-Axis Milling with GibbsCAM MTM options supports the most advanced multi-task machines with live tooling on articulated heads. With its breadth of capability and ease of use, GibbsCAM 5-Axis Milling will simplify your 5-axis programming needs and improve machining efficiency with better surface finish and faster throughput.

5-Axis Porting is an addition to GibbsCAM 5-Axis Milling, optimized to simplify machining ports, manifolds, throttle bodies and any tubular openings that change shape and curvature from end to end. The specialized interface is condensed to use only the settings needed for porting operations, making programming much easier and faster. Machining strategies include roughing, rest roughing, and spiral and plunge-along finishing. To control excessive machine motion, 5-Axis Porting uses 3-axis machining as far into the port as possible, and then automatically transitions to full 5-axis to allow for maximum tool reach. All 5-axis motion is calculated for smooth and gouge-free toolpaths. Tool tilting is automatic, at optimal angles, with no need to split surfaces or create tool axis control splines. The software can automatically detect the spine curve through the port and properly align the toolpath. The upper and lower sections of the port can be determined automatically, using maximum tool reach, at the midpoint, or by a user-specified percent of reach, always ensuring proper toolpath blending between upper and lower sections. Overall, 5-Axis Porting makes programming easier and faster, and generates a cleaner, more efficient toolpath for faster and higher quality machining.


Radial Milling drives one rotary and three linear axes to achieve 4-axis toolpath. It provides a roughing and a finishing mill process for off-centerline "Y-axis" rotary machining, allowing control of wall angles and tool engagement. Input is 3D wireframe geometry extracted from solids or created by other means, to drive and orient the tool. Optionally, surfaces may be used to orient the tool and limit toolpath. Tool orientation control includes cutting with the side or bottom of the tool, using a surface or two curves to control tilt, following one curve at a specified lean angle, or using progressive tool lean. Toolpath is usually segmented, but can be optimized for helical motion.

5-Axis MultiBlade

5-Axis MultiBlade is an addition to GibbsCAM 5-Axis Milling, optimized for programming machining centers and multi-tasking machines (MTMs) to make turbomachinery parts. It simplifies machining blisks, blings and impellers parts with blades. Its specialized and condensed interface allows easy selection of geometry without having to prepare the model. Users may choose from two levels of functionality, depending on the type of work or level of specialization they pursue. Level 1 includes parts with single splitters, with toolpath strategies that include roughing between blades with single splitter support, hub finishing, blade and splitter finishing, and automatic gouge checking on all toolpaths. The software includes options for leading- and trailing-edge extension and edge roll trimming, tilt controls, various intelligent controls for rotating toolpath segments around the part, automatic axis detection, plus automatic and user definable links and clearances. With Level 1 installed, the addition of Level 2 adds support for multiple splitters and sub-splitters; blade fillet machining; tool-axis smoothing; splitter smoothing; additional control for tilt, leading and trailing edges; toolpath segment sorting; and the ability to define stock for rest milling. Whether toolpath is generated for MTMs or machining centers, both levels of 5-Axis MultiBlade use the same post processors as GibbsCAM 5-Axis, and the same simulation models in GibbsCAM Machine Simulation.


Polar & Cylindrical Milling drives one rotary and two linear axes to achieve 3-axis toolpath. It extends GibbsCAM's standard 3-axis milling functions for use on machines with a rotary axis to enable wrapped geometry, cylindrical and polar rotary milling, and rotary repeats. On mills, rotation is typically around the A or B axis, while on mill-turns C-axis motion replaces Y-axis motion. This C-axis motion can also be applied to the face of a mill-turn part. Input may be flat or "wrapped" wireframe geometry. Wrapped geometry is flat 2D geometry, displayed and machined as if wrapped around a cylinder. Geometry may be created in flat or wrapped mode and toggled between flat and wrapped representations. With this option, all 2D mill processes contour, pocket, drill, etc. may be applied to a cylinder. The tool is kept on the centerline of rotation; as a result, there is no control of wall angles or tool engagement. This option also adds the rotary repeat function to milling processes. Output for long, multiple rotations is on a single line of G-code. Post processed output can support a control's cylindrical and polar interpolation functions. This option is ideal for parts defined by flat geometry, for rotary part features created by the tool's shape, (such as simple grooves or pockets not needing wall control), and for machines without a Y axis.

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