2.5D Solids

2.5D Solids

GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids includes significant surface and solid modeling capabilities and the functionality to machine surfaces and solids directly. Create, import, and modify solid models and then generate programs to machine them. Use specialized tools to import, repair, and automatically solidify surface data. Increase your efficiency and productivity by creating CNC programs faster and more easily.

Powerful Solid Modeling

Whether you import solid models from a CAD system, create your own from scratch, or modify an imported solid to create a manufacturable version, GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids provides a full range of solid modeling functionality with advanced functionality like history trees to support you. And its industry-leading ease-of-use makes working with solids straightforward and easy-to-understand. With its powerful solid modeling tools, you can take full advantage of solid modeling technology.

Importing and Repairing Surface Models

Even with the transition to solids, CAD systems still generate surface models that must be imported and machined. With GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids, you can read in surface models and then repair any problems that you encounter with a broad range of surface modeling tools. And you can create your own surfaces for machining. If you still work with surface models, GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids can still cut your jobs and provide a great migration path to solids-based machining.

Automatic Solidification

With GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids, you do not have to start with solid models to take advantage of solids-based machining. Automatically stitch surface models, whether imported or created, together to create solid models that can then be further modified with the GibbsCAM solid modeling tools or machined directly. Access the tools you need to transition from surface-based to solids-based CAM.

Directly Machining 2.5D Solids

Not only do solid models provide considerable advantages during design, but they also offer many advantages during machining. GibbsCAM developed machining functionalities so that users can machine solids directly and take advantage of the additional information available in solids, which results in improved performance, reliability, and efficiency.

Solids Positioning Tools

Since solid models are the main building block within GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids, it supplies powerful positioning tools so you can position and orient solids quickly, easily, and precisely. Not only are these tools extremely useful when modeling a single part made up of multiple pieces, but they can streamline setting up part models in fixturing significantly. Focus on how things need to be placed, not how to calculate the rotations and transformations to get them there.


Identifying the manufacturable features in a part is a common starting point for a program. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids includes the Profiler, an innovative interface that interactively defines features like bosses, slots, and pockets. Unlike automatic feature recognition, the Profiler gives you complete control over the geometric elements that are included in a feature. The Profiler can also derive geometry interactively for machining. Its robust, feature-based machining provides you with powerful programming tools.

Automatic Feature Recognition (Holes)

Hole-making occupies close to 80 percent of machining time with most production machining jobs. Holes also represent a significant amount of programming time in production parts. Fortunately, holes are also fairly well-behaved features in solid models. GibbsCAM 2.5D Solids provides an automatic feature recognition (AFR) capability that identifies holes along with their position and orientation and also determines various hole aspects (chamfer, counter-sink/bore, bottom condition) based on the hole’s geometry. Leverage the AFR capability to improve your hole-making efficiency and quality.

Hole Manager

Streamline hole-making productivity and improve overall quality. With hole-making occupying close to 80 percent of production parts’ machining time, how you identify, group, and program holes are extremely important. The Hole Manager is a front-end to processing hole features that displays the parameters of holes and enables you to group them for processing. The Hole AFR is integrated with the Hole Manager so that you can identify hole features to be directly loaded into it automatically. The Hole Wizard is similarly integrated so that hole information is passed directly for automatic tooling and toolpath generation.

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