GibbsCAM 2016 Certified for SOLIDWORKS 2017

3dsystems_new_logoMOORPARK, CA, Jan 25, 2017 – 3D Systems announced that its suite of GibbsCAM 2016 software for programming CNC machine tools has been certified by DS SOLIDWORKS for its SOLIDWORKS 2017 mechanical CAD software. This certification assures that engineers and CNC programmers can use GibbsCAM 2016 to program simple and complex parts for machining on all kinds of CNC lathes, mills, turning centers, multi-axis machining centers and multi-tasking machines, directly from SOLIDWORKS CAD models.


GibbsCAM 2016 reads native-format SOLIDWORKS 2017 part models and assemblies, preserving features and attributes, which the CNC programmer uses to identify, organize and select features for programming and machining parts on all types of turning, milling and multi-tasking machines.

GibbsCAM 2016 is certified for SOLIDWORKS 2017 as part of the SOLIDWORKS Partner Product Program, under which GibbsCAM has been a Certified CAM Product for many years. DS SOLIDWORKS created the CAM certification to identify best-in-class CAM solutions with enhanced interoperability, assuring users that their solution can read the native SOLIDWORKS file format. GibbsCAM 2016 is immediately compatible with SOLIDWORKS 2017 per the requirements of the certification.

Certification also demonstrates a commitment to joint SOLIDWORKS-GibbsCAM customers, and ensures these customers can take advantage of the latest GibbsCAM enhancements to achieve the highest productivity from SOLIDWORKS 2017. In combination with GibbsCAM automation features, integration with SOLIDWORKS simplifies preparation for machining, and makes machining much faster, saving huge blocks of time for SOLIDWORKS-GibbsCAM users. GibbsCAM’s short learning curve and unique, shop-friendly user interface provide additional productivity from ease of use, reliability, and speed of programming.

Interoperability with SOLIDWORKS

GibbsCAM directly reads SOLIDWORKS part models and assemblies, preserving features and attributes, such as holes and color, and uses these characteristics to identify, organize and select features for machining. Alternatively, with the GibbsCAM SOLIDWORKS add-in, SOLIDWORKS users can transfer files directly into GibbsCAM on the same workstation with the “Transfer to GibbsCAM” menu option. GibbsCAM’s optimization for SOLIDWORKS includes integration of the GibbsCAM Hole Manager with SOLIDWORKS’ Hole Wizard to identify, categorize, and machine simple and compound holes. This allows GibbsCAM’s automatic feature recognition and feature manager to read and preserve features from the SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree to easily identify and select areas for machining. Whether parts have plain geometry needing only simple milling or turning, or complex geometry requiring use of 5-axis machining, multi-task machining or Swiss-style turning, the combination of GibbsCAM 2016 and SOLIDWORKS 2017 covers the entire design-through-manufacturing cycle in production machining across multiple industries.

3D Systems – GibbsCAM is an approved SOLIDWORKS solution partner and GibbsCAM 2016 software is a certified CAM product under the SOLIDWORKS partner product program.

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About 3D Systems

3D Systems provides comprehensive 3D products and services, including 3D printers, print materials, on-demand manufacturing services and digital design tools. Its ecosystem supports advanced applications from the product design shop to the factory floor to the operating room. 3D Systems’ precision healthcare capabilities include simulation, Virtual Surgical Planning, and printing of medical and dental devices as well as patient-specific surgical instruments. As the originator of 3D printing and a shaper of future 3D solutions, 3D Systems has spent its 30 year history enabling professionals and companies to optimize their designs, transform their workflows, bring innovative products to market and drive new business models.

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