|Posted by JEFFCNC on December 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM|
Compare GibbsCAM, EdgeCAM, MasterCAM and PowerMILL
About training or self-learning
Most people say without a doubt GibbsCAM is far easier to learn, everything is graphical i.e. drag and drop. You can self-learning GibbsCAM if you download some training materials or videos from JeffCNC. Others CAM normally need professional training.
About intelligent programming
EdgeCAM is the only CAM system of intelligent programming. EdgeCAM can create toolpath easy based your solids feature and updated everything automatically if your model changed.
About 2D and 3D modeling
GibbsCAM is the best for 2D and 3D modeling. You can delete 2D geometry after create model and you can modify solid by many easy way. MasterCAM model should be problem if you delete 2D geometry; EdgeCAM and PowerMill should use other software for 3D modeling.
About machine and simulation
EdgeCAM is the best about 3D machine and simulation. By EdgeCAM simulation, you can show different machine parts and show where over cut or leave materials. EdgeCAM postprocessor include 3D machine model and setup everything already, you don’t need do anything just POST out your program. Others CAM need separate MDD and machinesim.
About macros and re-exportation
You can use GibbsCAM macros or EdgeCAM PCI macros for improve programming. JeffCNC create EdgeCAM PCI package for create VISE, TXT, DIM any point, X0Y0 and Z0 dimension. Use JeffCNC GibbsCAM macros, it's easy for customize various kinds Tool List; Show Tools information and G/M codes information; Especially, it's very easy for select Taps, Reamers and Drills, Drill always match Tap or Reamer.
About CAM version
GibbsCAM can save new CAM file for old version and GibbsCAM postprocessor good for different CAM version. Normally update CAM version good for user and progressive. But MasterCAM change postprocessor and CAM version frequently no good for different user exchange and cooperation.
GibbsCAM has the most powerful Compost3 for customize good postprocessor whatever you want, especially the POST compiler as exe file, very fast and wonderful. JeffCNC customized good posts for customer. You don’t need change anything after Post, save time save money.
About CAM Poll
All CAM system are similar idea with strengths and weaknesses, but only GibbsCAM is very easy to learn and do good job, especially GibbsCAM can customize good POST, remember Good Post, Good Program;Save time save money. So for my opinion GibbsCAM is the best.
EdgeCAM is the only intelligent CAM system, easy create toolpath and updated everything automatically based solids feature. And EdgeCAM has good 3D machine simulation. So for my opinion EdgeCAM is the second one.
MasterCAM is the most popular CAM system and improved so many from dos system but still have many problems, especially MasterCAM change version frequently but no compatibility. So for my opinion MasterCAM is the third one.
PowerMILL is the professional system for Mould programming, same as CATIA and others special CAM system, different with normally turning and milling programming. So for my opinion PowerMILL is the fourth one for special only.
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