ESPRIT was chosen by 3 Points Aviation to program its seven CNC machine tools — including mills, lathes, mill-turns and wire EDM machines. A 3-axis lathe, 4-axis wire EDM, B-axis mill-turn, 3 and 5-axis mills, and a four-by-eight-foot water-jet machine are among the extensive lineup.
Though the shop doesn’t do much repetitive work, 3 Points uses the ESPRIT KnowlegdeBase to free programmers from its small share of repetitive programming tasks, as well as to document vital data. Revision control is critical, and being able to quickly swap tools, speeds, feeds, and processes from the KnowledgeBase drastically reduces the time and error that goes into controlling multiple part revisions through the manufacturing chain.
“With the intelligence of the default technology and process technology, I can teach ESPRIT to program features how I want them programmed,” Burns says. “These tools within the KnowledgeBase allow the user to forget about the mundane tasks when programming and gives him or her the time needed to focus on the intricacies of the part.”