Gibbs and Matsuura Collaborate to Support New CUBLEX-25 Multi-task Machine Tool

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM®, computer-aided manufacturing software for programming CNC machine tools, and Matsuura Machinery Corporation, a leading manufacturer of world-class machine tools, announced today that they have collaborated to develop a version of GibbsCAM which supports Matsuura's new CUBLEX-25 multi-task machine tool.

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June 23, 2006

MOORPARK, CA - June 22, 2006, Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM®, computer-aided manufacturing software for programming CNC machine tools, and Matsuura Machinery Corporation, a leading manufacturer of world-class machine tools, announced today that they have collaborated to develop a version of GibbsCAM which supports Matsuura's new CUBLEX-25 multi-task machine tool. As a result from this collaboration, GibbsCAM will be able to provide Matsuura customers a factory-approved post processor and machine simulation model that is specific for the CUBLEX-25 allowing them to put their investment immediately into production. "GibbsCAM continues to be the dominant CAM solution for multi-task machining," stated Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates. "Our collaboration with Matsuura's Production Software Business Department, to support their new CUBLEX-25, addresses a key end-user problem - high-quality post processors capable of supporting the unique capabilities of these highly advanced machine tools." The CUBLEX-25 is a machining center where turning and grinding functions are combined with 5-axis milling functions. Compared to a conventional lathe-based mill-turn, the CUBLEX-25 is based on a 5-axis machining center allowing it to maintain 100% milling performance. The CUBLEX-25's extensive process integration capabilities allow high-speed, high-accuracy machining together with extended unmanned operation. For turning operations, a unique mechanism is used to lock the spindle with a rotary table (C-axis) which is capable of high speed (3,000 RPM) rotation. The rotary table direct drive motor is specially developed for the high-speed rotation required for turning, while maintaining the precision positioning capability required for milling. Additionally, grinding operations are possible through the simultaneous rotation of the spindle and rotary table. "The CUBLEX-25 represents a new range of products for Matsuura," commented Katsutoshi Matsuura, executive vice president of Matsuura Machinery Corporation. "GibbsCAM's ability to support the full-range of the CUBLEX-25's capabilities while being extremely easy to use was very important to us. Working with Gibbs ensured that our customers realized the highest quality solution to support their CUBLEX-25 machining centers."

About Matsuura Machinery Corporation

Since its founding in 1935, Matsuura has been at the forefront of innovative design, development and manufacture of high quality machining centers. Matsuura's products satisfy the global requirement for high reliability, sustained accuracy and guaranteed performance. In tune with the spirit of innovation of their founder, Matsuura today produces a wide range of outstanding high speed machining centers covering all industry sectors. These include horizontals and verticals in all sizes, configured with 3- to 5-axis, single table, twin and multi-pallet systems, twin spindles and multi-tool changers, cell systems and a superb range of ultra high speed linear motor machines. Recognized as a technology leader in the world of high performance machining, Matsuura's prestigious customer base spans aerospace, automotive and motorsport, electronics, telecommunications, medical research and mold & die industries. Matsuura's global customer base demands and receives high speed, high accuracy and reliability from Matsuura products with technical, applications and service support that is second to none. Matsuura's dedication and commitment to the research and development of unique products incorporating the latest emerging technologies is the reason why their status as a technology leader in the world has maintained.

About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM

For over twenty years, Gibbs and Associates has been a leader in providing cutting edge CAD/CAM technology, while maintaining its signature ease-of-use and productivity. Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful is the guiding philosophy at Gibbs. Gibbs believes in empowering the NC programmer, machinist, and manufacturing engineer, not eliminating them. Gibbs' goal is to introduce manufacturers to new technologies and new ways of working that makes their machining easier and their businesses more profitable. To achieve this goal, Gibbs creates tools that are naturally intuitive, graphically interactive, extremely visual, associative, and just plain enjoyable to use. Gibbs provides a total quality solution with the service and support successful customers require. The current GibbsCAM product line supports 2- through 5-axis milling, turning, mill/turning, multi-task simultaneous machining and wire-EDM. GibbsCAM also provides fully integrated manufacturing modeling capabilities that include 2D, 2.5D, 3D wireframe, surface, and solid modeling. GibbsCAM has received Microsoft's "Designed for Windows XP/2000" certification. GibbsCAM's data exchange capabilities are able to access the broadest range of native and industry standard CAD data formats. GibbsCAM is certified under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Application Program, is a Solid Edge Certified Select Product, and is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Product. GibbsCAM is either offered or endorsed by a number of leading worldwide control and machine tool manufacturers, including GE Fanuc, Siemens, Daewoo, Doosan, Fadal, Haas, Index, Matsuura, Mazak, Mitsubishi and Mori Seiki. Gibbs and Associates distributes its products worldwide through a network of international Resellers. For more information about Gibbs and Associates and its CAM software packages, call 1-800-654-9399, or visit the company on-line at www.GibbsCAM.com.

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