GibbsCAM Essentials – Live Online

Each course consists of 8 morning classes, Tuesday through Friday for two weeks.


Upcoming GibbsCAM Training: Online Using Zoom

We show how to harness the power of GibbsCAM to make part programs easier and faster. We have adopted Zoom in place of classroom training as it has no travel requirements and we can provide a high level of instruction. As a channel partner for more than twenty years WestCAM has provided training for thousands of clients. Showing how to generate productive machining strategies while adopting best practice skills is what our training is all about.

We believe that live online training is the best approach. Proven curriculum will be presented by two exceptional instructors. One will be leading the class while the other will be checking with participants to address everyone’s questions and keep the class on track. The Zoom environment allows students to ask questions which will be addressed quickly and clearly. When the content starts to get complex is when this platform really shines. With no travel requirements participants can literally be anywhere, at work or perhaps in the comfort of their own home. Temporary GibbsCAM licenses will be provided at no extra cost.

CAM training is known to be a great investment. Even modest productivity gains in programming time and machining time will provide a reasonably quick ROI. The benefits will continue on well after the course has paid for itself.


This course is designed for the entry level GibbsCAM user. There are no pre-requisites. The Production Milling for GibbsCAM FREE Cognus course is recommended. Click Here to get the details.



  • A computer with two monitors is recommended (One to be used for the GibbsCAM application, the other to display the instructors screen).
  • Speakers or headphones will be required for listening. Headsets seem to work well.
  • A microphone or normal phone will be required for audio.
  • A High-speed Internet Connection


Hardware requirements for running GibbsCAM

  • Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 (with all available Windows updates)
  • Intel Pentium Core i5/i7
  • 8GB RAM
  • A quality Nvidia or AMD (ATI) 3D accelerated video card with the latest drivers installed
  • 1GB of available hard drive space (for virtual memory usage and temporary file storage)



A 30-day GibbsCAM timed license will be provided.

Topics Covered Include

  • Overview Of the GibbsCAM Interface
  • Learn the Geometry Pallet
  • Drawings and Dimensioning
  • Viewing Options
  • Transform/Duplicate geometry
  • Tool Creation
  • Creating Operations
  • Plugins
  • Post Processing
  • Read and/or Create and Modify Solids
  • Toolpath a Turned Solid Model
  • Introduction to Coordinate Systems
  • Documentation
  • Set Up Preferences
  • Various Strategies for Machining Solids
  • Workgroups
  • Toolpath Generation – Milling and Turning
  • Coordinate Systems
  • Save Tool List and Process List
  • 4-axis Position Machining
  • 4-axis Cylindrical Machining
  • VoluMill™/VoluTurn™
  • Custom Stock
  • Advanced Tool Creation
  • Air Geometry/Outermost Shape as Boss
  • Engraving
  • Customize GibbsCAM Interface
  • Threadmilling
  • Online Cognus Videos
  • Stored Processes – Multi Process Machining
  • Simulation, Graphics and Animation Options
  • New Stuff in GibbsCAM 13
  • Linear/Rotary Broaching
    • * Face Milling
    • * Clearance Volume
    • * Advanced Turning
      • – Elliptical turn
      • – Eccentric Turn
      • – Advanced Approach/Retract
      • – Peck Turn
  • GibbsCAM Toolpath Tools
    • *Outermost Shape as Boss
    • *Multiple Contours
  • Threadmilling
  • GibbsCAM Geometry Tools
    • *Combine Shapes
    • *Contour Trace
    • *Edit Spline
    • *Explode Mode
  • Post Processing



January 05 - 15, 2020

DatePacific Time
Jan 05,Tuesday9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jan 06,
Wednesday9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jan 07,Thursday9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jan 08,Friday9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jan 12,Tuesday9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jan 13,Wednesday9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jan 14,Thursday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jan 15,Friday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

$ 995 



March 02 - 12, 2021

DatePacific Time
Mar 02,Tuesday(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Mar 03,Wednesday(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Mar 04,Thursday(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Mar 05,Friday(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Mar 09,Tuesday(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Mar 10,Wednesday(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Mar 11,Thursday
(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Mar 12,Friday
(9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

$ 995 


Is The Training Described Above Video Training?

No, the training described above is on-line training with live instructors. It is not video training such as Cognus. It is much closer to classroom training.

Can You Provide More Information About Cognus Video Training?

Cognus on-line video training is an excellent supplement to our courses. We recommend all GibbsCAM beginner users to take the free course which can be found at the following link:

For higher-level course material, the Cognus Premium Package covers a wide range of topics and is available at the following link:
Pricing for the Premium Package has been reduced temporarily from $495 to $295.

We have found that the more complex the material is, the better suited it is to live training. That is the reason we are offering the live online courses using Zoom.

Will WestCAM Offer 5-Axis Courses?

We are planning to offer a 5-Axis course in July. All students will have to be up to a certain level in order to take this course. The pre-requisite will be the completion of the Advanced Concepts course as described above. We are paying a lot of attention to preparing this course and we will let everyone know more about it soon.

Are There Pre-Requisites For The Courses?

a. GibbsCAM Essentials – (Introductory Course)
There are no pre-requisites
The Production Milling for GibbsCAM FREE Cognus course is recommended.
Let us know if you need a temp seat of GibbsCAM to use while you take this video training course.

b. GibbsCAM Advanced Concepts – (Advanced Course)
Pre-requisite – The GibbsCAM Essentials Course or experience and knowledge of basic GibbsCAM.
If the Essentials course was not taken before by the participant, then equivalency can quickly be determined during a short call with an instructor. Send an email to me at to setup a time for a call.

c. GibbsCAM 5-Axis – (Multi-Axis High Level Course)
Pre-requisite – GibbsCAM Advanced Concepts Course or experience and knowledge of Advanced GibbsCAM.
If the Advanced Concepts course was not taken before by the participant, then equivalency can be determined during a call with an instructor. Send an email to to setup a time for a call.

Note: this course has not been scheduled yet.