Givat Shmuel, Israel – June 12, 2007 – Cimatron Limited (NASDAQ: CIMT), a leading provider of integrated CAD/CAM solutions for the toolmaking and manufacturing industries, today announced that Giebeler GmbH, a tool maker based in Eschenburg-Wissenbach, Germany, is reporting significant time savings and productivity gains with the use of Cimatron's 5-axis solution. A major portion of these productivity gains results from reduction in the use of time-consuming Electric Discharge Machine (EDM) processes.
"Thanks to the Cimatron 5-Axis solution, we use 30-40% less electrodes than we used in the past," says Markus Noll, Technical Director at Giebeler GmbH. "We can now use milling in places that previously required EDM processing; and when we do use EDM we can drastically reduce the number of electrodes."
"For instance," explains Noll, "an aluminum die-cast mirror base that used to require 8 single electrodes with 3-axis production is replaced today by a single graphite electrode milled on a 5-axis machine." The streamlined process reduces overall design and production times, as well as the material costs associated with the manufacturing of the electrodes. According to Noll, it also helps improve product quality: "Since we are producing only a single electrode, we can minimize the number of tolerances and the potential for errors."
Marco Wolff, manager of the CAD/CAM service at Giebeler, adds: "With 5-axis machines, we can use small cutters of just 0.3mm with slim projecting holders to work out the typical deep contours. Cimatron 5-Axis Production automatically calculates a collision-free position for the tools and tool holders. We use the software to simulate tool motion and material removal on the screen before we start milling. The simulation is particularly important with the smaller cutters and smooth recesses, where the die can easily break. Furthermore, the simulation gives us a quick and reliable read to avoid a situation where some areas might be missed if too large of a tool were selected."
"Using the 5-Axis technology helps Giebeler keep pace with the increasing demands of its customers. Says Wolff: "The design and interior of mirrors and lights, for example, have considerably changed in the past few years. Today, the outlines are divided into tiny parts, which are geometrically demanding due to their unique design characteristics and extremely tight tolerances. In the past, we needed up to 20 individual electrodes for some filigree parts. Nowadays, we can collapse multiple different geometries into a single one, which is only possible using 5-axis machines."
Thanks to 5-axis technology, we have become more flexible in our manufacturing methods. The quick turnaround times which we are achieving these days on very complex products could not be realized without the use of 5-axis technology," confirms Noll.
Given the tremendous benefits realized, Giebeler has been continuously expanding the use of 5-axis technology. Today, the company operates a modern machine park with six 5-axis machines, and every new machine purchased by the company is 5-axis capable.
Founded in 1956, Giebeler is known for precision and reliability in manufacturing of tools for the die-casting and plastics industry. With 150 employees and modern production facilities in Eschenburg-Wissenbach, the company specializes in the design and manufacturing of high precision molds for plastic injection and metal die-casting. Approximately 70 percent of the company's customers are in the automotive sector. Other customers include manufacturers of household products, electronics, aviation, and telecommunication equipment. For more information about Giebeler see http://www.giebeler.eu/.
With more than 20,000 installations worldwide, Cimatron is a leading provider of integrated, CAD/CAM solutions for mold, tool and die makers as well as manufacturers of discrete parts. Cimatron is committed to providing comprehensive, cost-effective solutions that streamline manufacturing cycles, enable collaboration with outside vendors, and ultimately shorten product delivery time. Cimatron's cutting-edge CAD/CAM solutions are widely used in the automotive, medical, consumer plastics, electronics, and other industries.
Founded in 1982, Cimatron is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol CIMT. Cimatron's subsidiaries and extensive distributor network are located in over 35 countries to serve customers worldwide with complete pre- and post-sales support. For more information, please visit http://www.cimatron.com/
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