GibbsCAM

TUTORIAL
VERSIONS 2000 & 2002
PRODUCTION
MILL

PRODUCTION MILL
WITH SOLIDS IMPORT

JEFF HATLEY

SDC

PUBLICATIONS

Schroff Development Corporation
www.schroff.com
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LATHE

Choose File-Open from the Main Menu. Exercise 1 – Drilling Note: The machine type. create machining processes. simulate them.schroff1. For each exercise you will open a part file that contains CAD geometry. stock size. Select the Tools icon in the Top Level Palette to open up the Tool List. units.com.vnc and click on Open. Part files for the exercises in this chapter can be downloaded at www.Chapter 4 The CAM Process Introduction There are 6 exercises in this chapter. and CAD geometry for this part have been set up. Select the file DRILLING. and post process the machining operations to generate CNC code. You will then set up the tools needed to machine the part. 95 . The CAD geometry for this part consists of points that will be used for drilling operations.

Select the drill as the tool type. Enter the values in the diagram to define the size of the tool.GibbsCAM Tutorial Double click on Tile 1 in the Tool List to create the first tool. Close the Tool 1 dialog box. The Tool Creation dialog box will appear. 96 .

The CAM Process The tool will appear in the Tool List. 97 . Double click on Tile 2 in the Tool List to create the second tool.

The tool will appear in the Tool List. 98 . Close the Tool 2 dialog box. Select Tap as the tool type. Enter the values shown to define the size of the tool.GibbsCAM Tutorial The Tool Creation dialog box will appear.

The CAM Process You are now ready to begin the machining operations. Select the Drilling icon from the Machining Palette and drag it to Tile 1 of the Process List. 99 . and Operations List. Process List. Select the CAM icon on the Top Level Palette to open the Machining Palette. Machining operations are created by dragging a tool from the Tool List and a machining function from the Machining Palette on to the Process List.

100 . The software will automatically enter the value –2. Enter –3 for the final Z depth of the tool.XXX based on the Tool Creation diagram. Enter 1 for the Entry Clearance and Exit Clearance. The Process dialog box will appear. Enter 0 for the Z surface value. For the Entry Exit Cycle choose Feed In – Rapid Out. Enter 3 for the spot diameter (This is the diameter of Tool 1).GibbsCAM Tutorial Select Tool 1 from the Tool List and drag it to Tile 1 of the Process List.

The CAM Process Enter the remaining values as shown. Close the dialog box. 101 . You will now select the geometry for this operation. Hold down the control key and select the four points located in the center of the part.

The orange lines represent the tool path. Change the view to an isometric view. This will allow you to see the drilling depth. To simulate this operation click on the Cut Part Render icon on the Top Level Palette.GibbsCAM Tutorial Complete the operation by clicking on Do It on the Machining Palette. 102 . The Rendering Controls will appear. Hit the Stop button and then the Rewind button to reset the simulation. Click on the Visible Tool icon as shown. Change your view to a Front View. Note: You can drag the slider + or – to speed up or slow down the simulation. Hit the Play button to run the simulation.

select Tile 2 on the Operations List. Notice that a Drilling icon appears on Tile 1 of the Operations List. To begin the second operation. 103 .The CAM Process Select the Cut Part Render icon again on the Top Level Palette to exit the simulation. The Operations List contains the final output.

Drag Tile 1 from the Process List to the Trash Can. Drag the Tap tool (Tile 2 of the Tool List) to Tile 1 of the Process List. 104 .GibbsCAM Tutorial Only the information from the Operations List will be included in the final output.

The CAM Process Drag the Drilling Icon to Tile 1 of the Process List. 105 .

Hold down the control key and select the 4 corner points as shown. Close the dialog box. Click on Do It. Enter the values as shown. 106 .GibbsCAM Tutorial The Process dialog box will appear.

Hit the Play button to run the simulation. 107 .The CAM Process To simulate this operation select the Cut Part Render icon from the Top Level Palette. Hit the Stop button and then the Rewind button to reset the simulation. The Render Controls will appear.

GibbsCAM Tutorial You are now ready to post-process the output. The Post Processor dialog box will appear. 108 . Select the Post icon from the Top Level Palette.

The Open Post File Selection Box will appear. Select the file and click on Open. See your instructor or system administrator for the location and name of the Post File you will use.NCF) as the Save as type. Enter DRILLING in the File name box and choose NC files (*. Click on Save. Select the Program Name Button. The Save NC File dialog box will appear. This is the file that will be downloaded to the CNC mill to machine this part.The CAM Process Select the Post Processor Selection button. 109 .

Save the file. 110 . Choose File-Save from the Main Menu. This completes the exercise. Close the Post Processor dialog box. The .NCF file can be opened and edited in many NC editing programs such as Gibbs Editor. Clicking on the Process button would update an older file with the same name.GibbsCAM Tutorial Select the Text Window button to view the CNC code. 2. Notes: 1.