September 5, 2012
Cimatron Limited (NASDAQ and TASE: CIMT), a leading provider of integrated CAD/CAM software solutions for the toolmaking and manufacturing industries, announced today that
®, its software for programming CNC machine tools, plays a leadership role in supporting phase one of the DMG/Mori Seiki standardization initiative. The new initiative will ultimately provide DMG/Mori Seiki customers a smooth and reliable flow of programming data from any CAM system to DMG/Mori Seiki machine controls. This will enable the full use of the features of DMG/Mori Seiki machines and controls without the need for custom post-processors or machine simulation models. The technology is based upon DMG/Mori Seiki's implementation of the standard APT (automatically programmed tool) language, with DMG/Mori Seiki extensions that are supported within GibbsCAM. DMG/Mori Seiki's initial focus during phase one is on its 3- to 5-axis machining centers and controls, with an ultimate goal of enabling the technology for all of its machines, including the most challenging multi-task machines. As new machines and machine functions are introduced, DMG/Mori Seiki and Gibbs will incorporate the new capabilities into their APT implementation.
This joint project is intended to address one of the main challenges that CAD/CAM and machine-tool users often face: the need for a new post processor and machine model for each of their machines. Currently, when a customer purchases a new CNC machine or a new CAM system for use with an existing CNC machine, they need to work with both the machine tool vendor and the provider of their CAM system to implement a customized post-processor and machine simulation model to fully program and simulate the capabilities of their machine. This process can sometimes be much longer than expected or desired, especially when the project requires the collaboration of two suppliers that do not always have the same level of detailed knowledge and understanding of each other's products. In this new approach, the CAD/CAM vendor outputs DMG/Mori Seiki-specific APT data and DMG/Mori Seiki provides a postprocessor and simulation package for their CNC machine and thereby eliminating the need for each CAM provider to develop a custom post-processor and machine model. With this approach, users will be able to start cutting parts immediately on their Mori Seiki machines.