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The 2010 edition of DP Technology’s Esprit World Conference attracted more than 200 end users, resellers, business partners and other members of the company’s CAM software community from around the world. Hosted May 18-21 in Long Beach, California, the event offered a comprehensive suite of product training courses, business presentations, exposure to the direction of future product developments and networking opportunities.
Attendees received a pre-release copy of the latest version of the company’s CAM software, Esprit 2011, as well as 28 hours of intensive technical training. Notable new features include the ability to stitch IGES files into solid models; expanded support for part assemblies; additional geometry verification features; greater use of multi-core processing; faster simulation and verification capabilities; extended turn & burn capability for EDM; and enhanced toolpath smoothing; among others.
Daniel Frayssinet, CEO of DP Technology (Camarillo, California), outlined the company’s immediate priorities for research and development during a presentation on the first full day of the event. These include enhancements to ease of use; five-axis and multi-tasking programming; simulation and verification capabilities; storage of tooling, process and other data in the software’s KnowledgeBase; and the software’s API.
Another notable development detailed at the conference is the company’s collaboration with machine tool builder DMG/Mori Seiki (Hoffman Estates, Illinois), which co-sponsored the event along with cutting tool manufacturer Kennametal (Latrobe, Pennsylvania). Through this partnership, all Mori Seiki machines incorporating the builder’s MAPPS operating system ship with a preinstalled seat of Esprit. As a result, customers receive fully certified post-processors; accurate representation of machine configurations during simulation and verification; and technical support and training from Mori technicians trained on Esprit.