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This document is intended for customers of GibbsCAM 2012+, v10.3. It is divided into the following sections. Overview Installing System Requirements on page2 Contents of the Installation Package on page3 Procedures on page3 Highlights on page5 Changes, Known Issues, Limitations, and Late-Breaking Information on page7 For More Information on page8 To Report an Issue on page8

Overview
As of July, 2012, Gibbs and Associates has made available GibbsCAM 2012+, v10.3, a full official release that contains fixes and enhancements to the v10.x line. Licensing. The licensing of this release is as it was for v10.0 and later, but it is unlike betas or releases before v10. If you have not installed a previous v10.x release or release candidate, you will be prompted to register. Also, if you use GibbsCAM NLO, RLM9 will be required. For full details, see the Installation guide (available both as a PDF and within online help).

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Updates
When GibbsCAM is launched on a machine that has Internet access, the Update Notifier tells you if a new version is available. If you disable automatic notifications, you can also run Update Notifier from Help> Check for Updates . Notification is also provided via email if you subscribe to GCNews. We strongly encourage you to install each software update as it becomes available. Documentation is provided in the form of online help and PDFs. Gibbs Online Services will be updated from time to time with improved versions of PDFs and, at rarer intervals, with updated versions of either or both of the files constituting the entire documentation package. Instructions for updating/refreshing your online help and for using it as a standalone help system are provided along with the online help file itself. In addition, this Readme document will be updated as circumstances warrant.

Installing
System Requirements
The following is a condensed summary. For full details, see the Installation guide. Operating Windows7 (recommended), Windows Vista, or Windows Server2008. Please install the latest available OS service packs and patches through Windows Update. System Hardware A computer that matches or exceeds the following requirements will run GibbsCAMvery comfortably. Please note that the larger or more complex your parts are, the more GibbsCAMwill demand from your system. CPU RAM Video Card Intel:Corei7 or Corei5 AMD:FX, Phenom IIX6, or Turion II 8GB RAM An NVIDIA video card with 896+MB of video memory.

Although a smaller system is also quite capable of running GibbsCAM, it may have slower performance, especially on Windows7 or Vista with very large parts or complex toolpath. The software requires 700+MB of drive space. Part files can occupy a few dozenKB to manydozensof MB, depending on complexity. Video Drivers Please install the latest available driver for your video card. The standard Windows drivers are typically not adequate, because of the ways that GibbsCAM makes advanced use of OpenGL and video RAM. We strongly recommend that you keep your system up-to-date with fully installed and updated drivers. If you use Network Licensing Option (NLO), it can be set up on Windows Server2008 (32-bit or 64-bit), on Windows VistaSP1 orSP2 (32-bit or 64-bit) or on Windows7 (32-bit or 64-bit).

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Contents of the Installation Package


Installers for each supported language are available from the GibbsOnline website, http://online.GibbsCAM.com, accessible using your Gibbs Online Services/ FTP username and password. (Ifyou need a username and password, contact Gibbs and Associates Technical Support: Support@GibbsCAM.com.) All you need to install GibbsCAM2012+ is the appropriate .exe file. Other items available for this release include: This Readme file Update List a downloadable .html file that lists defects fixed since v10.1 Samples sample parts, videos, and other files to explain and demonstrate v10 changes PDFs available in bulk as a self-extracting .exe file, or as individual files

Procedures
This section contains procedures for accomplishing the following tasks for GibbsCAM2012+: To Install or Update GibbsCAM, below To Modify, Repair, or Uninstall an Existing Installation on page4 To Install Sample Files on page4 To Migrate Settings and Preferences from a Previous Release on page4 To Upgrade Network License Option (NLO) to Use RLM9 on page4 To Run GibbsCAM on page4

To Install or Update GibbsCAM


1. Run the appropriate installer for your platform (Windows7 or Vista/2008): On 64-bit systems, run GibbsCAM2012+_x64_v10.3.m.n_<locale>.exe On 32-bit systems, run GibbsCAM2012+_x32_v10.3.m.n_<locale>.exe 2. Follow the wizards instructions for installing GibbsCAM, v10.3: a. Read the information about what you are installing, and then click Next to continue. b. Accept the terms of the GibbsCAM license agreement, and then click Next. c. In the Custom Setup step:Optionally select additional features (such as GibbsCAM Add-Ins and CAD Transfer Add-Ins) to install in addition to GibbsCAM base components; modify or accept the destination folder; and then click Next. Some Add-Ins may require you to accept the terms of additional license agreements. d. In the Ready to Install step: Click Install. e. Wait for the files to be copied and configured, and then click Finish. Note: If any default installation file (other than an MDD) is deleted or moved from its installed location, or if Recovery is run, the system will repair itself the next time you start GibbsCAM from the Start menu or unmodified shortcut icon.

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To Modify, Repair, or Uninstall an Existing Installation


1. Run the appropriate GibbsCAM2012+ installer for your platform. 2. Do one of the following: To modify the installation, such as to install or remove selected features, click Change. To repair the installation, click Repair. To uninstall the application completely, click Remove.

To Install Sample Files


1. From Gibbs Online Services, Software Downloads> Samples, download one or more .exe files for installing samples. 2. Run the .exe file for the samples that you want to install. For example: To install the sample parts, run v10.3_Sample_Parts*.exe. To install sample Machine Sim models for Mazak, run Mazak*.exe. Be sure to read any disclaimer or Readme files that accompany the samples. 3. Accept or specify the installation folder, and then click Install. 4. Repeat steps2 and3 as needed for other samples.

To Migrate Settings and Preferences from a Previous Release


Note: Administrator privileges are required to migrate most files. Also: Best practice is to run the Migration Tool before the first launch of a fresh GibbsCAM installation. 1. You can launch the Migration Tool from the Start menu: GibbsCAM> Migration Tool. 2. In the first dialog, click Scan for Versions. Then, from the list of previous GibbsCAM releases, select the one whose settings you want to migrate and click Check Compatibility. 3. In the second dialog, select the types of files you want to migrate and then click DoIt.

To Upgrade Network License Option (NLO) to Use RLM9


1. On the RLM license server machine, run NLO Server Registration Setup*.msi. 2. From the Start menu, run the GibbsCAM Registration Tool. 3. In the GibbsCAM Licensing Utility dialog, right-click the title bar and, on the context menu, choose License Server Manager and use it to stop and uninstall the old service. 4. In the Licensing Utility dialog, select Network License Server and click Run Registration Tool. For complete details, see the Installation guide.

To Run GibbsCAM
To run GibbsCAM (after migrating previous settings and preferences; see above), do one of the following: From the Start button, Programs> GibbsCAM, run GibbsCAM 2012+ <32 or 64>-bit, v10.3.m.n <locale>. 4

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Double-click the desktop icon GibbsCAM 2012+ <32 or 64>-bit, v10.3.m.n <locale>. In accordance with Microsoft guidelines, the GibbsCAM desktop shortcut does not support drag-anddrop of *.vnc or other files onto it. To create an old-style desktop icon for drag-and-drop application launching, navigate to the Bin\ subfolder of the installation directory, select Virtual.exe, and CTRL+ALT-drag it to you desktop, creating a new shortcut. However, this type of shortcut will not perform automatic healing on startup.

The first time you start a freshly installed GibbsCAM, you are prompted for a license file and to register or reregister your license. Click the Run Registration Tool link to enter your product code and customer information. In the registration process, simply click Next, Next, , Finish to accept all stored defaults.

Highlights
Highlights of GibbsCAM2012+ include the following.

New at v10.3
Distribution: DVDs are different according to language/locale:English-language customers receive a single DVD contains the entire product (including 32-bit and 64-bit installers); Virtual Gibbs customers receive a single DVD that contains the entire product (including 32-bit and 64-bit installers); other international customers receive two DVDs (one containing 32-bit installers and the other containing 64-bit installers). Each DVD contains a complete set of documentation. Localization: Documentation (PDFs and online help) for Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, as well as updates to the local user interface in all languages as noted below in New at v10.1. Improvements in infrastructure for installation and maintenance: Improvements to Gibbs Online Services, the Update Notifier, and the process for downloading web update; support for installations in multiple languages on the same machine; new option to allow collection of anonymous usage statistics; improvements to Plug-In Manager; and even more preferences and settings that can be copied forward by Migration Tool. Rendering capabilities and performance:Advanced Flash CPR, formerly an option at additional cost, is now included in the base product (as Multi-Axis Rendering); Flash CPRand Simulation are quicker and provide a few more features. Simple/powerful productivity enhancements: Shrinkwrap now lets you resize to visible part components only; in MTM, Sync Manager now supports resizing, horizontal scrolling, mouse-wheel scrolling, and remembered settings; the associativity between holes and coordinate systems is simpler and more intuitive; and the Edit capabilities of the Operation Manager have been improved. Production Milling: Pocketing has improvements to the GibbsCAM Offset/Trim settings. VoluMill: The Celeritive module is now at 4.1.0, with support for ACTC(Active Chip Thickness Control). Radial Milling: In addition to user-interface changes, there is a new ability to output one-line unsegmented helical toolpath, tuned to take advantage of native machine-based linear and circular interpolation between two or more selected vectors, with the benefits of reduced segmentation (smoother toolpath), vastly simplified post output code, and increased overall throughput. 5-Axis: Many improvements have been made throughout, such as options for Surface radius-based feed optimization or and First cut feedrate scale; Advanced Surface Quality options for most Triangle Mesh strategies; a multi-pass option for Pencil; adaptive step-down capability for ConstantZ , and many others.

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SolidSurfacer / Advanced 3D: A new cut type, Pocketing with Core Detection, provides a combination roughing / finishing strategy for very thin walls, designed to minimize the flexing and vibration that occur towards the end of an operation; Steep Shallow Cut has a new Shallow Strategy, 3D Pocketing, for control over shallow areas; Constant Stepover Cut has a new offset control, Offset Type, to specify the offset direction relative to a selected drive curve; Connect Move Control parameters are supplemented by a value for Maximum Stay Down, which allows retract moves to be suppressed when tool travel distance is small; and with rest-material containments and calculation parameters are now available for all stock types. Macros and DTK(Developer Toolkit): Significant new macro capabilities (continuously documented in the Gibbs Macros wiki, http://macros.GibbsCAM.com) include System Macros that can be triggered by any of eleven different events (such as File> New , or changing to a different MDD); when the event occurs, GibbsCAM runs the corresponding system macro if it exists. Updated interoperability and third-party libraries: You are now able to import wire bodies from all Parasolid-based parts, as well as CimatronE parts; updated versions of ACIS, Granite, and SolidEdge import libraries are provided; and support for Parasolid v25, Autodesk Inventor2013, and RealDWG2013. Process-associative geometry import: The Import VNC plug-in has been enhanced to support all aspects of copy-and-paste between concurrently running sessions of GibbsCAM, such as: geometry, surfaces, and solids; processes and process groups; and association between geometry, processes, and tools.

New at v10.1
Full localization of the GibbsCAM user interface to all supported languages/locales: Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Dutch, English (US), French (France), German (Germany and elsewhere), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Spain), Swedish, and Turkish. Localized online help is supplied with the installers for Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. PDF versions of user guides are available on the installation DVDs, and are updated continually at Gibbs Online Services. Updated import libraries supporting: CATIAV5 R21, Solid EdgeST4, Creo Elements/Pro (formerly known as Pro/E), SolidWorks2012, and Autodesk Inventor2013. (Further updated at v10.3; see previous section.) New Parasolid version24.1, which improves and fixes issues relating to the Profiler. (Further updated at v10.3; see previous section.) New VoluMill version 4.1.0. Improvements and enhancements that are visible in the user interface: Rendering (FlashCPR >Flash CPRCut and Simulation> Rendering Control): The Settings dialog offers a new control, the Gouge Tolerance slider. Preferences dialog (File > Preferences):The Machining Prefs page offers a new checkbox, Ignore Lathe Max Feed Moves . Enhanced Migration Tool capabilities: You can preserve settings for Operation Manager, Process Manager, and Tool Manager, and you can transfer NPT tables. Operation Manager and Process Manager:Improvements to Edit mode. Ability to control the visibility of MDDs that are initially installed, and to suppress default MDDs that are not wanted. Pocketing:Various enhancements and bug fixes. Geometry copy/paste is significantly improved, especially for parts that include solids or sheets. Minor enhancements to plug-ins, such as:
Misc> Solid Edge Option:Ability to open Solid Edge Construction Entities. HSM> Helix Bore:Ability to specify Machining CS.

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New at v10.0
Improved approach to installation and updating (faster performance, optional quiet mode, automatic healing, and Update Notifier) Migration Tool Plug-In Manager, to control plug-in availability and organize items in the Plug-Ins menu Color modes, including Feature color and user-defined color Attributes and user-defined features, including CAD attribute import Ability to rotate and translate elements freehand Touch gestures for common actions (with suitable hardware) NewManagers for Tools and Processes, and data-editing capabilities for all three Managers Operation Modifiers that reapply toolpath changes automatically with each Redo Improvements to MillPocketing, Lathe Contouring, and VoluMill Thread Whirling Expanded 5-Axis capabilities, including Triangle Mesh, Wireframe, and Swarf Machining Improvements to Holes and Hole Features, including custom drill cycles, new Auto Wizard, hole selection methods, and Hole Manager enhancements Multi-page Body Bag, with drag-and-drop between pages and customized view settings Significant new macro capabilities, continuously documented in the new Gibbs Macros wiki, http://macros.GibbsCAM.com Updated interoperability: Solid Edge ST3v103, Parasolid24.0, NX7.5, Autodesk Inventor2012, CimatronEv10, and others. (Further updated at v10.1 and v10.3; see previous sections.) For details on changes and enhancements at GibbsCAM2011, v10.0, see New in GibbsCAMv10 in online help or PDF.

Changes, Known Issues, Limitations, and LateBreaking Information


Known Issues
As of mid-July, there are no known serious issues with the software or documentation. This release is certified by Microsoft.

Intentional Changes From Previous Releases


The following are intentional changes, not issues to report: You can no longer start GibbsCAM by dragging a VNC file (or *.igs, etc.) onto the standard desktop shortcut. Instead, right-click the file and choose Open (or Open with.). Or, to create an old-style shortcut that bypasses automatic healing, CTRL+ALT-drag a copy of \Bin\Virtual.exe to the desktop. When you right-click the standard GibbsCAM desktop shortcut and choose Open file location, Explorer opens your desktop folder, not the installation folder. To learn the installation location, query the

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shortcuts Properties > Start in location. You can then copy this string (typically C:\ProgramFiles\Bin\ but without quotes) into Windows Explorer. The CAD Transfer Add-In for SolidWorks must be installed on the system where SolidWorks is installed for GibbsCAM to recognize part features while importing a SolidWorks part. Forstations that have GibbsCAM, install the Add-In when you install GibbsCAM2012+. Stations that do not have GibbsCAM will need to run a standalone no-interface MSI file that can be freely distributed (however, be careful to review the license agreement). You can download a 32-bit or 64-bit version of this standalone installer from Gibbs Online Services: Software Downloads> Tools. Tutorial material has moved out of the user guides into individual PDFs. As of this release, most of the tutorials have not yet been updated to demonstrate new functionality.

For More Information


The New in GibbsCAMv10 guide provides an overview of major enhancements and changes that occurred from GibbsCAM2010, v9.5, to GibbsCAM2011, v10.0. The Whats Even Newer in GibbsCAM2012+, v10.3 guide provides an overview of major enhancements and changes that have occurred cumulatively over the three v10.x releases: GibbsCAM2011 (v10.0),2012 (v10.1), and2012+ (v10.3). To subscribe to GCNews, point your browser at http://online.GibbsCAM.com (no log-in required) and click the link in the right column: Subscribe/Unsubscribe to GCNews.

To Report an Issue
If GibbsCAM exhibits unexpected behavior: Save your current part, exit GibbsCAM and restart it, and try the scenario again. If the behavior persists, please let us know. To report an issue by e-mail To report an issue by telephone (Monday through Friday, 5:00AM to 5:00PM Pacific Time) To report an issue by fax To report an issue by mail Support@GibbsCAM.com North America toll-free: (800) 654-9399 Otherwise: +1.805.523.0004

+1.805.523.0006 Gibbs and Associates/ 323 Science Drive / Moorpark, CA 93021 USA