Gibbs and Associates' implementation of APT with DMG/Mori Seiki extensions now provides output that customers can accurately post-process, simulate, and execute without the need for a new post or modifications to an existing post processor for the entire range of DMG/Mori Seiki machines supported. Furthermore, because these new APT extensions provide the ability to add functions beyond cutter location, CAD/CAM generated APT-CL files can incorporate additional data for set-up and simulation, such as coordinate systems, datum and offset positions, tool shapes, tool holder data and stock size. A GibbsCAM user programs a part in the same way as they are accustomed to doing so, but instead of running a GibbsCAM postprocessor, they generate a DMG/Mori Seiki-specific APT-CL file. Software tools provided by Mori Seiki in the Mori Seiki machine control then take this data and create the machine ready CNC code.
"We are very pleased to have been selected by DMG/Mori Seiki to assist with their effort in delivering a fully-integrated solution to customers, who will now be able to take immediate advantage of all the features of Mori Seiki machines and controls with GibbsCAM," said Robb Weinstein, Senior Vice President of Sales and Strategic Planning of Gibbs and Associates. "Our thirty years' experience in providing over 11,000 customized post processors and delivering hundreds of error-free post processors for the most complex Mori Seiki machines, as well as our meticulous attention in providing customers access to all of their machine-tool capabilities, made Gibbs the perfect choice for this initiative. We are proud of our role in DMG/Mori Seiki's effort and in delivering the CAM-representative portion."
DMG/Mori Seiki's ultimate goal is have all CAM system providers implement the DMG/Mori- Seiki APT implementation, which, when fully and accurately implemented, would eliminate the need for custom postprocessors or custom machine simulation models.