Gibbscam Post Processor
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Gibbscam Post Processor
The what you see is what you get Postprocessor. User-configurable postprocessor; an alternative to traditional GibbsCAM postprocessors. Creates edit-free NC programs for any NC or CNC machine (including 5 axis mills, MillTurns and multi-spindle/multi-turret "MTM" Mill Turn machines).
This forum is for the Autodesk HSM products. So HSMWorks, Inventor HSM and Fusion 360, on the Autodesk forums you can also find PowerMill and FeatureCAM but not GibbsCAM. Post processors for Autodesk HSM don't work for GibbsCAM.
In combination with its GibbsCAM software, the library of MTM post processors allows Gibbs to provide a more complete and immediate solution to customers who need the productivity offered by multi-task machines.
Compost was designed from inception to contain integrated debug services and the POST format has always included debug information. The debugger built into Compost4 works using these features of the POST format, so it can only debug posting sessions that use a POST file. Compost4 always upgrades a PST file into a POST when opened. When using the debugger post developers must use the POST version of the file inside GibbsCAM when debugging.
The GibbsCAMCompostDebugAddin is shipped with all compatible versions of GibbsCAM, but is disabled by default. Before a post can be debugged, this plug-in must be manually enabled in the plug-in manager.
When a part is open in GibbsCAM and a post is selected, the Compost Debugger -> Attach to Compost menu item can be used to start a debug session using the current part/post. If there are no compost instances running, GibbsCAM will start a new one and open the selected post. If a single compost instance is already running, it will automatically be used. If there are multiple compost instances running the plugin will show a compost selection dialog to allow the user to pick what compost instance to use.
Once, the session is started, GibbsCAM and Compost will connect to each other and establish a debug link. When the link is established, Compost will enable a number of debug features that are available from the debug menu.
Some features, such as step control and the output window, will only be functional when GibbsCAM is actually posting. Some common compost features will be disabled while debugging an active posting session, such as compiling and saving.
A breakpoint is a way to tell GibbsCAM to pause posting at a specific location in the program, or when a specific set of conditions are true. Breakpoints are primarily accessed via the Breakpoints window.
State breakpoints do not define a specific lotion in the post to break on, but a set of conditions. When all the conditions are true, the program will break and allow the developer to inspect the state. The most common condition to use is "Specified text is in output" so developers can easaly learn what part of the post is generating questionable output.
When the post program is in the break state, GibbsCAM will not process any more commands until instructed to do so by the debugger. Several tools are available to the developer to control how the program will continue from this state. As a program is stepped, the current line will be highlighted with a yellow arrow. The current command will be highlighted with a yellow background.
The watches window allows a post developer to inspect data about the current posting program and its state. Each watched item is selected from the pulldown menu at the top, and then added to the watch list using the "+" button. Some watch types require additional information (such as an axis name) that can be entered into the text box next to the pulldown menu. Watch data is only updated when the program is broken for performance reasons.
Both number and boolean commands can be set as watches. When set the watch window will show the returned value of the command in the watch window as if it had been called at the time when the post execution is broken. Currently commands that take arguments can not be used in the watch window. In order to get the value, the post debugger must actually call the command. This can affect posting performance and possibly have unintended side effects on the state of the post processor, since the commands are being called on every step of the debugger. The debugger automatically suppresses the output and status register updates from watch commands, but due to the large number of legacy commands, there may be other undesired side effects from using watch commands, so post developers should be aware of this fact.
The G-Post is a comprehensive state-of-the-art software product that produces coordinate data and the associated "G-codes" and "M-codes" for CNC equipment. The CIMpro application provides an easy to use interface that allows access to the APT System, G-Post, and CAD/CAM modules. Optionally, the G-Post can be deployed through end user interfaces, providing the end user with the convenience of using their proprietary environmental architecture. The Option File Generator enables postprocessor generation through an easy to use graphical user interface (GUI). As standard product offerings, the G-Post will handle multi-axis machines and has ARC Fitting and NURBS interpolation. No additional prerequisite software is required so there are no hidden charges.
Users of any current version of Gibbscam software can use the G-Post by utilizing our Gibbscam CAD/CAM interface. Our interface allows you to postprocess your CL files through the CIMpro interface. The G-Post is available for most UNIX and Windows platforms.
Licenses for the G-Post can be acquired for Node Locked workstations or for Shared Server environments. If you already have a license for G-Post that you use with a different CAD/CAM type or APT, existing postprocessors can be used with the Mastercam CAD/CAM interface with little or no modification. If you have multiple CAD/CAM systems, only one G-Post license is required. CAD/CAM interfaces are available for all major CAD/CAM systems so you only need one postprocessor solution.
To successfully post process your Gibbscam tool path through the G-Post software, you must first have Gibbscam generate an CL file. This file contains the tool path information that will be read by your postprocessor. To generate the CL file requires a special Gibbscam post processor that can be obtains from your Gibbscam reseller or directly from Gibbscam.
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