Esprit 4.6 includes features such as turning toolpath enhancements, support for contour-type features in pocketing, automatic tool orientation for 5-axis toolpaths, improved support for multi-spindle and multichannel machines, and a new connection to the Machining Cloud tool catalogue.
Version 4.6 includes a series of toolpath enhancements for turning cycles which will reduce perishable tooling consumption, minimise intervention from the machine tool operator by creating more predictable machining processes, and reduce the need for manual NC code editing, further improving users’ efficiency.
The new support for contour-type features in pocketing allows users to use Esprit’s ProfitMilling cycle to rough out a profile without creating extra boundary geometry. Programming is easier, faster, and it enables automation with KnowledgeBase (KBM) integration. KBM is a centralised database that supports consistent institutional knowledge across an organisation.
5-axis composite automatic tool orientation is a new programming method for the composite cycle: “This is a big leap forward for simplifying 5-axis programming and improving toolpath continuity,” says Yijun Fan, director of product marketing at DP Technology. “This is especially the case on parts with hard-to-reach areas. Automatic orientation gives precedence to toolpath continuity, creating a better surface finish on a completed part.”
Esprit 4.6 enables support for multi-spindle machines with off-centre sub-spindles and X-axis slides – including machines with tailstock and the sub-spindle mounted on the same X-axis slide.
Multichannel machines can be controlled with a new interactive method that synchronises motions within a cycle. This new method enables advanced optimisation for shaving seconds off the program of a high-volume production lathe.
Machining Cloud is the fastest way to find, select, and assemble tools from leading tool manufacturers. Esprit improves the connection to Machining Cloud with a simplified workflow and with the introduction of a new job manager for full control over the import of tool assemblies.
DP Technology regularly releases product updates that often directly address customer feedback and requests: “Our product should match the way machining professionals work, not the other way around,” says Tania Campanelli, director of research and development for DP Technology. “Esprit allows users to enjoy the benefits of the latest in manufacturing technology on their existing machine tools.”
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