Modern Machine Shop
DP Technology’s service pack for Esprit 2008 includes productivity-enhancing technology for CNC programmers of mills, lathes and wire EDMs. Service Pack 1 features enhanced CAD-to-CAM feature exchange with Esprit FX 2008; support for the latest series of AgieCharmilles wire EDM controls, the Orange control; a Makino wire EDM expert system of machining conditions; expanded capabilities within the Esprit API; and support for 12 languages.
Esprit FX, which is included in Esprit 2008 software, allows users to automatically capture the original design intent, clearly define what the user is machining and program parts quickly and accurately, the company say s. It reads the CAD feature trees from SolidWorks, Solid Edge and now, with Service Pack 1, Pro/Engineer.
Going beyond transferring just the part geometry, the FX technology provides portions of the original CAD feature tree directly inside the Esprit user interface, thereby including the complete original design intent—features, tolerances, material properties, surface finishes, administrative data and more.
Using FX technology, the CAD features and associated properties are mapped into machinable features, providing a complete definition of what is being machined. These manufacturing features and associated properties are then fed into the Esprit KnowledgeBase, which aids the user in automatically selecting how to machine the part based on existing best practices.