VERICUT to have direct interface to GibbsCAM to support high-end machine tool simulation.

Irvine, CA – March 26th, 2006 – Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM®, software for programming CNC machine tools,  and CGTech, developer of VERICUT® software for simulating CNC machine tools, announced today a collaborative agreement between their two companies.  As part of this collaboration, the two companies will provide seamless integration between their products allowing CNC programs developed by GibbsCAM to be simulated and optimized using VERICUT.  In addition, GibbsCAM users will be able to directly utilize VERICUT’s existing library of CNC machine models and controls, which is the largest collection available in industry today.

‘Today’s machine tools have reached a level of complexity and cost that necessitates accurate simulation,” observes Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates.  ‘This is especially true with advanced multi-tasking machining centers and 5-axis simultaneous milling machines.  CGTech not only provides an excellent machine tool simulator with VERICUT, but it also provides the service and support that users rely upon.  Users who already have VERICUT in use in their facility will be able to take advantage of the GibbsCAM/VERICUT integration to validate their CNC programs.”

By simulating CNC programs on a computer without using the actual machine tool, GibbsCAM users will be able to realize significant savings and efficiencies by reducing machine cycle time, improving work quality and maximizing throughput. Possible programming errors are identified sooner without putting the actual machine tool at risk.

‘CGTech’s VERICUT product is recognized as the industry leader in machine tool simulation,” states Bill Hasenjaeger, CGTech’s Product Marketing Manager.  ‘Machine tool advances in recent years, with the associated increase in CNC machining process complexity has made accurate machine tool and cutting simulation a requirement, beyond what was needed for simple 3-axis milling, drilling, and turning in the past.  Working together, the GibbsCAM/VERICUT combination provides a comprehensive programming solution which helps to prevent programming errors from being forwarded to the shop floor–thus avoiding material scrap, machine tool damage and wasted time.”

The companies will be demonstrating the GibbsCAM/VERICUT integration for the first time at WESTEC 2007, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on March 26th – 29th, 2007.

About CGTech and VERICUT
Headquartered in Irvine, California, CGTech specializes in numerical control (NC/CNC) simulation, verification, optimization, and analysis software technology for manufacturing. CGTech was founded in 1988. Since that time, CGTech’s software product, VERICUT®, has become the industry standard for simulating CNC machining in order to detect errors, potential collisions, or areas of inefficiency. VERICUT enables NC programmers to reduce prove-outs, virtually eliminate errors, and optimize NC programs for faster, more efficient machining. With offices worldwide, VERICUT software is used by companies of all sizes, universities/trade schools, and government agencies.  For more information about VERICUT, or to locate your local CGTech sales office, go to www.CGTech.com, call (949) 753-1050, or email info@CGTech.com.

About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM
For over twenty years, Gibbs and Associates has been a leader in providing cutting edge CAD/CAM technology, while maintaining its signature ease-of-use and productivity.  Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful is the guiding philosophy at Gibbs.  Gibbs believes in empowering the NC programmer, machinist, and manufacturing engineer, not eliminating them.  Gibbs’ goal is to introduce manufacturers to new technologies and new ways of working that makes their machining easier and their businesses more profitable.  To achieve this goal, Gibbs creates tools that are naturally intuitive, graphically interactive, extremely visual, associative, and just plain enjoyable to use.  Gibbs provides a total quality solution with the service and support successful customers require.

The current GibbsCAM product line supports 2- through 5-axis milling, turning, mill/turning, multi-task simultaneous machining and wire-EDM.  GibbsCAM also provides fully integrated manufacturing modeling capabilities that include 2D, 2.5D, 3D wireframe, surface, and solid modeling. GibbsCAM has received Microsoft’s ‘Designed for Windows XP/2000” certification.  GibbsCAM’s data exchange capabilities are able to access the broadest range of native and industry standard CAD data formats.  GibbsCAM is certified under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Application Program, is a Solid Edge Certified Select Product, and is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Product.  GibbsCAM is either offered or endorsed by a number of leading worldwide control and machine tool manufacturers, including GE Fanuc, Siemens, Doosan Infracore, Fadal, Haas, Index, Mazak, Mitsubishi and Mori Seiki. Gibbs and Associates distributes its products worldwide through a network of international Resellers. For more information about Gibbs and Associates and its CAM software packages, call 1-800-654-9399, email info@GibbsCAM.com, or visit the company on-line at www.GibbsCAM.com.

CGTech, VERICUT, and OptiPath are registered trademarks of CGTech. AUTO-DIFF and X-Caliper are trademarks of CGTech. The Gibbs logo, GibbsCAM, GibbsCAM logo, Virtual Gibbs, Gibbs SFP, SolidSurfacer, MTM and ‘Powerfully Simple. Simply Powerful.” are either trademark(s) or registered trademark(s) of Gibbs and Associates in the United States and/or other countries.  Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.  All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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For more information, contact:
Bryan Jacobs
(949) 753-1050
info@cgtech.com