6/29/2018

CAM Software Increases Tool Life, Machine Usage

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IMTS 2018: DP Technology’s Esprit CAM software enables manufacturers to streamline their workflows and reduce silo formation.

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DP Technology’s Esprit CAM software enables manufacturers to streamline their workflows and reduce silo formation, according to the company. It contributes to increased tool life and machine usage and improves access to practical knowledge for process improvement.

The software enables the creation of a digital twin of a machine tool for programming and simulation. The twin displays on-screen the processes that occur on the shop floor. Workpieces and cutting tools are set up virtually, resulting in precise simulations and improved productivity and tool paths. 

The software also connects workflow steps, from CAD design to finished part, with a digital thread to make sure that no manufacturing process becomes siloed. The thread reads part data from CAD software and creates G code and setup sheets. It then passes this data on to enterprise resource planning software.  

Machine-aware CAM programming is said to increase tool life and reduce cycle times. The software’s ProfitMilling and ProfitTurning applications consider the machine tool’s axis positions and limits, acceleration capabilities and attainable cutting speeds to increase machine speed and improve surface finishes. The applications enable users to make better toolpath choices.

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