DP Technology, the parent company of the ESPRIT CAM system, introduces support for additive DED manufacturing in its latest product update.
Camarillo, California (May 13, 2020) – For centuries, the manufacturing industry has relied on subtractive machining. But over the last two decades, additive manufacturing—commonly known as 3D printing—has become a more widely used manufacturing process.
As one of the main additive manufacturing processes, directed energy deposition (DED) uses a focused energy source, such as a laser or electron beam, to melt the material. The ability to control the grain structure of a part makes DED a good solution for the repair of functional metal parts. For example, DED is often applied to rebuild large, expensive, and high-wear components for aerospace, energy, or marine industries, such as turbine blades, drill heads, or propellers. DED is also one of the few metal 3D printing technologies suitable for integration into CNC machines to create a hybrid manufacturing solution. By mounting a deposition nozzle on a multi-axis machining system, highly complex metal parts can be produced faster and with increased flexibility.
To satisfy this growing market demand, DP Technology is working closely with some of the world’s leading machine manufacturers to validate their brand-new additive cycles.
The DP Technology teams are proud to announce the very first commercial version of ESPRIT that includes additive direct energy deposition (DED) cycles. ESPRIT’s additive capabilities are the product of the team’s more than 35 years of experience in toolpath generations, and they include the same intuitive user interface that users expect from the software. The product release includes 3-axis, 4-axis, and 5-axis DED support. Combined with the subtractive processes and embedded into a single software, DP Technology brings a full spectrum of support to hybrid manufacturing.
3-axis tested part with acute angles, slopes, and pockets to demonstrate ESPRIT’s additive capabilities. Programmed with ESPRIT. Image courtesy Mazak, Okuma, G-SCOP/Grenoble University
ESPRIT’s additive DED cycles include additive simulation and verification, as well as global support from ESPRIT’s technical teams.
DP Technology validated their post processor through collaboration with major machine manufacturers and educational institutions. “For more than a decade, we’ve been working on additive manufacturing, including research on DED toolpath trajectories and AM thermal simulation. ESPRIT’s additive DED solution is the result of the close collaboration between DP Technology, the industry’s most trusted CAM solution provider, and Grenoble University, the world’s leading research institution on additive DED technology,” says Frederic Vignat, head of the additive department at Grenoble University in France.
The new additive cycle offers users a full-spectrum additive solution, from CAD file to finished part.
ESPRIT® is a powerful CAM system for CNC programming, optimization and simulation — supporting the entire manufacturing process. With factory-certified post processors delivering machine-optimized G-code and ESPRIT’s ability to solve unique challenges with automation solutions, ESPRIT is the smart manufacturing solution for any machining application. With world-class technical support, ESPRIT empowers you to get started quickly and keep running at top efficiency. ESPRIT is the only CAM system you’ll ever need.
About DP Technology Corp.
DP Technology Corp. is a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software. ESPRIT®, DP Technology's flagship product, is a powerful, high-performance, full-spectrum programming system for milling, turning, wire EDM, multi-tasking machine tools and metal additive manufacturing. ESPRIT and its support personnel embody DP Technology's passion for excellence and vision of technology's potential.
DP Technology reinforces its commitment to technical excellence by dedicating nearly 20 percent of its annual revenue to ongoing research and product development. This long-term focus has produced powerful technological innovations that have placed ESPRIT in an industry-leading position since its market launch in 1985.