ThreadTracer is a GibbsCAM plug-in that can be used to create custom form threads using a standard turning insert. ThreadTracer calculates a series of rough-ing and finishing positions based on the insert form and the desired thread. Each position is run as a threading cycle with the appropriate pitch. As each thread-ing cycle is performed, the material is gradually removed one position at a time. ThreadTracer
Thread form roughing and profile finishing can be posted individually, or both can be done in the same program. Roughing will remove most of the material, and usually leaves a defined amount behind for a finishing pass. The finishing pass then follows the final profile, often using a finer stepover to get the required surface accuracy. The positions the roughing cycle uses depend on the selected engine and style, as well as a given stepover and stepdown.
Other miscellaneous functionality can be found in the thread options tab. The thread can be blunted to remove the partial thread at the start. Run in/out amounts can be added to extend the start/end point, as well as create tapered exits. The entire thread can also be done at a given taper.
Several useful settings can be found in the last two tabs. These include everything from basic options like interface preferences, to standard operating variables like thread type and post processor language.
Once everything has been defined it can create the G-code for you using language that applies to the selected machine control. The ThreadTracer post processor is fully customizable in case there are any tweaks you need to make. You can also create the code using a standard GibbsCAM post processor.