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taught by Chuck Van Volkingburgh & Stephen Cunningham

Individualized Training

The advanced training platform manages all of the videos and quizzes for each person individually. We track each video or partial video viewed up to the second. Cognus students are free to try different streams of training without worry about losing their place in other streams. Quizzes are also personalized in the same manner. Advanced tracking methods for both videos and quizzes, combined with our user-friendly and personable layout are very good reasons to purchase one seat per user when ordering the training.

Course description

There are 10 hours of video training demonstration examples, with quizzes, divided into 5-minute video segments. The course starts from the beginning and covers Production Milling and Turning, and continues on all the way up to 2.5D Solids and includes Polar and Cylindrical Milling. This is a good, clear general course which shows how to take advantage of GibbsCAM, a user-friendly, fast, and powerful CAM system.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Interface and navigation
  • View controls
  • 2D Drawings and Dimensioning
  • Set up preferences
  • Documentation
  • Tool Creation
  • Simple positional 4th axis indexing
  • Toolpath Generation - Milling and Turning
  • Cut part rendering - virtual machining, graphics and animation options
  • Post processing - G-code creation
  • Stored Processes - multi process machining
  • Hole operations
  • Contouring / Pocketing
  • Positional 4th and 5th Axis Control
  • 4th Axis Simultaneous using "Polar and Cylindrical Milling"
  • Solid Modeling
  • Fixture and Clamping Assemblies
  • Opening Solids from CAD sources
  • Feature based machining
  • Machining solids using various roughing and finishing techniques
  • Dynamic Feature Recognition "The Profiler Tool"
  • Automatic Feature Recognition "The Hole Manager"
  • Boundary Machining Techniques and Containment Selections
  • Advanced CS - Coordinate Systems Creation and Control
  • Advanced 3D roughing and finishing strategies
  • High speed machining options
  • Normal vector range, constant/adaptive stepdowns and small pockets control
  • Entry/exit, trimming and retract styles
  • Toolpath splitter, toolholder gouge checker and trim to holder options
  • Feature manager, collision checking and connect move control


Chuck Van Volkingburgh & Stephen Cunningham
Chuck Van Volkingburgh & Stephen Cunningham

Chuck VanVolkingburgh and Stephen Cunningham have both been programming and working with CNC machinery for more than twenty-five years each (50 years combined experience). As reseller employees, they have helped to train thousands of GibbsCAM users from hundreds of large and small machine shops over the past eighteen years. Companies like Precision Drilling, National Oilwell Varco, Weatherford, Redline-Pro, Drilformance, Promac and hundreds more have taken our classroom and on-site training. Over the years we have developed a well organized curriculum which produces capable GibbsCAM users.

Course Curriculum