In supporting phase one of the DMG/Mori Seiki standardization initiative, Gibbs and Associates will provide the machine tool builder's customers a smooth and reliable flow of programming data from any CAM system to the machine controls.
Gibbs and Associates is the developer of GibbsCAM software for programming CNC machine tools. This work will enable full use of machine and control features without the need for custom post-processors or machine-simulation models. The technology is based on DMG/Mori Seiki's implementation of the standard automatically programmed tool (APT) language, with DMG/Mori Seiki extensions that are supported within GibbsCAM.
The machine builder's initial focus during phase one is on its 3- and 5-axis machining centers and controls, with an eventual goal of enabling the technology for all its machines. Currently, when end users purchase a new CNC machine or new CAM package for use with an existing CNC machine, they must work with the machine tool vendor and CAM provider to implement a custom post-processor and machine-simulation model to fully program and simulate a machine's capabilities.
In this new approach, the CAD/CAM vendor outputs DMG/Mori Seiki-specific APT data and DMG/Mori Seiki provides a post-processor and simulation package for the CNC machine, thereby eliminating the need for each CAM provider to develop a custom post-processor and machine model. With this approach, users can start producing parts immediately on their DMG/Mori Seiki machines.
Related Glossary Terms
Cone-shaped pins that support a workpiece by one or two ends during machining. The centers fit into holes drilled in the workpiece ends. Centers that turn with the workpiece are called “live” centers; those that do not are called “dead” centers.
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.
- computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)
computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)
Use of computers to control machining and manufacturing processes.