GibbsCAM SolidSurfacer provides high-level surface and solids modeling capabilities and advanced functionality for machining surfaces and solids. Complex surface and solid functions are made easy with GibbsCAM’s intuitive graphical user interface. The Advanced 3D with High-Speed Machining component of SolidSurfacer is tailored towards creating toolpath that is ideal for hard-metal cutting and high-speed machining resulting in smooth surface finishes. The demanding requirements of modeling and machining complex mold, tool and die work are easily addressed when using SolidSurfacer.
Extended Surface Modeling Capabilities
Though more and more parts files are being provided in solid model format, surfaces still play a key part in their definition and surface modeling for manufacturing is still a very important capability. SolidSurfacer provides extended surface modeling capabilities to handle surface creation or modification. And GibbsCAM’s signature ease-of-use ensures that its powerful surface modeling functionality is easy to use.
Advanced 3D with High-Speed Machining (HSM)
Advanced 3D with High Speed Machining expands the 3D surface and solid body machining of SolidSurfacer in many ways. This includes new types of finishing processes, support for 3D Material Only toolpath, enhanced entry/exit control, the ability to directly machine Faceted bodies including imported STL files, automatic Core/Cavity detection for inside-out or outside-in determination, operation splitting for tool wear and for optimal length out of holder, automatic filleting of a surface to avoid sharp concave corners and it supports batch toolpath generation.
Often parts have vertical walls that make them difficult to remove from molds without sliders. With SolidSurfacer, you can apply an amount of draft slightly angling vertical walls. You won’t get stuck with SolidSurfacer’s breadth of capabilities.
Automatic Parting Line Generation
Mold halves need to be separated at the extents of the part to ensure that the part can be readily removed. Manually determining where the parting line should be can be a very tedious process. With SolidSurfacer, you can automatically generate the correct parting line and then use it to easily divide the mold halves.
Extract/Heal Features (For Core/Cavity or Electrodes)
Often parts include minor features that get in the way when generating toolpath. These features can be suppressed using SolidSurfacer’s extract/heal feature capability, which removes the feature’s geometry and heals the surrounding area. The solid, which is generated from the suppressed feature, can also be used to create cores or electrodes.
There are different types of surfaces to consider when machining – the surface that is actually being machined, the part surfaces not being machined, and any surfaces associated with fixtures. SolidSurfacer allows you to specify the offset, or how closely the tool comes, for each of these surfaces types. Just another example how with SolidSurfacer, you’re in complete control when generating toolpath.
3-Axis Multi-Surface Machining
Today’s parts include a variety of forms and surfaces. Applying toolpath across multiple surfaces or over an entire solid is a key machining capability in addition to pocketing and profiling. SolidSurfacer allows you to easily create gouge-free, 3-axis toolpath using a variety of machining styles, such as lace cut and zig-zag. You have complete control over cut parameters like direction, orientation, step-over amount, and depth. With SolidSurfacer, machining multiple surfaces is quick and easy.
3D Projection Machining
Sometimes you want to have direct control of the toolpath over multiple surfaces. You generate the toolpath you want and then you project it onto the surfaces to be machined. The source for the toolpath geometry can be just about anything, including text. SolidSurfacer provides a powerful capability that allows you to project geometry onto surfaces generating final toolpath geometry.