Optimization is typically dependent on grouping similar or identical operations together to minimize tool changes and rotations of the tombstone. TMS lets the programmer:
TMS provides tools for choosing among these options, and automatically sorts the toolpath, so that it can be verified and tested. Any problems are easily corrected by returning to the TMS dialog and making the necessary modification.
By enhancing TMS with GibbsCAM Machine Simulation, the programmer can render and dynamically simulate the entire setup – tombstone, parts, fixtures, tools, tool holders and all moving machine tool components – to test for interference, collision and cycle time. Simulation also tracks X-Y-Z positions to prevent tools from exceeding a machine’s travel limits.
When the programmer is satisfied with the result, a click of a button in TMS generates a post processed G-code program for the entire tombstone of parts.
Required: TMS is a GibbsCAM Option that requires the 2.5D Solids or SolidSurfacer Options and a customized post processor to generate the appropriate G-code.
Recommended: While not required, the Machine Simulation Option is highly recommended for proper visualization of TMS output.
GibbsCAM TMS (Tombstone Management System) was developed specifically to simplify and streamline the multi-part setup, programming, toolpath verification and post processing for tombstone machining. Within a single, interactive, graphic interface, the TMS dialog provides all the options and flexibility required for CNC programmers to specify and modify machining strategies, and generate efficient, error-free G-code ready for your machines.
GibbsCAM TMS provides: