By DE Editors
DP Technology (Camarillo, CA) announces the international release and first service pack for ESPRIT 2008, which includes additional productivity-enhancing technology for CNC programmers of mills, lathes, and wire EDM machines.
Service Pack 1 represents the next evolution of ESPRIT, providing more enhancements in the areas of CAD to CAM feature exchange with ESPRIT FX 2008, support for the latest series of AgieCharmilles wire EDM controls, the Orange control, a new Makino wire EDM expert system of machining conditions, expanded capabilities within the ESPRIT API, and support for 12 languages — including Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
ESPRIT FX allows users to automatically capture the original design intent, define what the user is machining, and program parts more quickly and accurately. ESPRIT FX 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 the 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 upon existing best practices.
Contact DP Technology for more information.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.