Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM software for programming CNC machine tools, and SPRING Technologies, developer of NCSIMUL for NC program simulation and feed rate optimization, announced results of a collaborative effort with the release of the SPRING Technologies NCSIMUL plug-in for GibbsCAM.
The plug-in provides GibbsCAM users direct access to the NCSIMUL application, which assists programmers with NC program analysis and verification, and provides machine-tool simulation with error and gouge detection. After NC programs are corrected of errors and gouging, and fully verified, NCSIMUL provides options to optimize program parameters to improve toolpath cycle time and cutting tool efficiency.
While the standard GibbsCAM machine tool simulation works from the GibbsCAM program data before postprocessing, and uses machine-tool models created by the user, NCSIMUL uses the machine-ready, postprocessed NC program (G-code/ISO code), enabling simulation and analysis one step closer to actual machining, the company says. It also provides a library of kinematic models of lathes, turning centers, machining centers and multi-task machines.
"We are pleased with our new association with SPRING Technologies, and the development of this plug-in for GibbsCAM," said Robb Weinstein, senior vice president of sales and strategic planning at Gibbs and Associates. "For many years, our approach to complementary technology that improves customer productivity has been adoption, not reinvention, so the integration of NCSIMUL with GibbsCAM is exciting, as it can help our customers improve cycle times, tool life and surface finish with analysis and optimization at the last step before machining."
For more information, visit SPRING Technologies and Gibbs and Associates.
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