Upgrade Includes New User Interface

Esprit 2009, the latest version of Esprit CAM software, is the result of a balanced effort focusing on both the shorter term needs of its existing customers and the longer term direction of the metalworking industry. The software is designed to run on both the Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Vista operating systems. Twenty-two five-axis machining strategies have been added to the existing five-axis functionalities of both SolidMill and SolidMillTurn FreeForm.

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Esprit 2009, the latest version of Esprit CAM software, is the result of a balanced effort focusing on both the shorter term needs of its existing customers and the longer term direction of the metalworking industry. The software is designed to run on both the Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Vista operating systems.

Twenty-two five-axis machining strategies have been added to the existing five-axis functionalities of both SolidMill and SolidMillTurn FreeForm. These simultaneous five-axis machining cycles are available for both milling and mill-turn machines, translating to even more machining flexibility and improved cycle times. The full performance of these machining cycles is realized when they are run on multi-core computers, which results in as much as 145 percent performance increase for each core added, the company says.

The FreeForm five-axis composite machining cycle debuting in Esprit 2009 allows the user to independently define the machining pattern and the tool orientation strategy to be used when creating the simultaneous five-axis tool path and includes 20 different machining strategies (cycles) in one, resulting in a range of easily manageable possibilities. The composite machining cycle gives the user the ability to perform simultaneous five-axis machining for a variety of different parts and industries, through one simple user interface.

The software takes the previous redesign of the Operation Manager one step further with a new graphical user interface for the Cutting Tool Manager. This presents the same look and feel for both milling and turning tools, with cutting tools being grouped by the milling head or lathe turret they belong to. The new tool manager also has better integration with the KnowledgeBase (cutting tool database). Icons show which tools have been added from the KnowledgeBase and which tools were created individually in the Esprit document, which can be easily added to the KnowledgeBase so they may be reused in other programs or by other programmers. Additional upgrades include new dialogs for the definition of individual cutting tools, which are significantly simplified and now support the definition of the tool shank. The interface now displays more accurate images of the tools to aid in more easily defining tool geometry.