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|ESPRIT for Hollow Axis Rotary Wire EDM|
|Rotary EDM technology has taken a completely new turn with the development of the hollow axis by ITS-Technologies. In the ITS-MA2-i-115, the part is mounted and rotated inside the opening of a hollow shaft. The advantage is that you can cut on all sides of a part without anything to obstruct the wire guides. ESPRIT has supported this type of 5-axis wire EDM technology since the release of Turn-While-Burn technology in ESPRIT 2010.|
|Generating Success: Your How-To On Maximizing the ESPRIT Report Generator|
|A machining report is an effective way to increase efficiency and reduce errors on the shop floor with little cost involved.|
Machining reports clearly communicate to the shop floor the processes, cutting tools, workpiece data and machine set-up required to produce parts.
|Facing Fierce Competition with Multi-tasking Machining|
|Multi-tasking is one technology that has been around for a while, but has only recently become the hot topic as more shops discover its uses. In fact, many companies that previously never thought about getting a multi-tasking machine have done so, or are thinking about doing so, for the gains in productivity they offer. |
|Belvac Shows ESPRIT Customers How to Maximize Automatic Tool Sheet Generation|
|The ESPRIT Cutting Tool Manager makes the sometimes overwhelming task of creating, managing and testing new cutting tools a controllable undertaking.|
ESPRIT has taken the potentially complicated duty of creating tools and made it simple, to the point where any programmer can create and add tools to their carefully constructed library.
|EDM Strategies for Odd Pockets|
|The wire EDM market thrives on complex shapes that are difficult, if not impossible, to cut by any other means.|
However, that challenge can become a real chore when geometry is too complex to remove easily in one piece. One option is to remove sections of material bit by bit with cumbersome geometric manipulations and multiple machining operations. A better choice is to let a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system perform an intelligent calculation of the geometry and then generate the simplest, most intuitive wire path possible to effortlessly remove a complex shape.
|In a Pinch: Using Two Tools to Balance Cutting Forces|
|Machine shops must constantly balance the need for quality with the need to reduce cycle times. One solution to this challenge is a machine equipped with two opposing turrets. These machines allow pinch (or balanced) machining, where two tools cut simultaneously on either side of the workpiece. When two tools cut the same profile simultaneously, with one tool above the axis of rotation and the other below, shops can crank up feedrates and maximize throughput.|
ESPRIT offers a Balanced Roughing function for pinch turning. Don’t let the name fool you because the same cycle can be used for balanced finishing as well. In addition to a dedicated turning cycle, ESPRIT users can also perform pinch milling and other types of pinch turning to maximize productivity. For multi-turret machines, pinch machining is a capability that often gets overlooked and that’s a shame. Balanced machining could be the key to a better balance sheet for your business.
|“Using Visual Basic in Esprit … It’s Not Just for the Gurus! Part II”|
|In Part I of this article, I made an effort to entice those who are aware of ESPRIT’s ability to implement Visual Basic into the programming environment, but who may think they are not capable of doing so, to give the process a try. |
I understand this can’t-do mentality because I once entertained it myself. As a programmer, I understand the daily life spent chipping away at a list of ever-growing demands that seem to never diminish.
|How to Manage Cutting Tools in ESPRIT|
|The proper management of cutting tools is important for every machine shop. Therefore, it is just as important for a CAM system to manage those cutting tools as well.|
ESPRIT offers multiple ways to manage cutting tools. This bulletin describes how to efficiently manage cutting tools in ESPRIT, with a special focus on the Cutting Tools Manager in ESPRIT KnowledgeBase™.
|How to Manage Speeds and Feeds in ESPRIT|
|The calculation of optimal spindle speeds and tool feed rates is based on a multitude of factors. Instead of manually calculating the best speeds and feeds, ESPRIT offers a better solution.|
The Speeds Feeds Manager in the ESPRIT KnowledgeBase™ is designed specifically to handle the management of speeds and feeds for milling and turning applications.
|CAM for B-Axis Mill-Turn Machining|
|Shops that invest in mill-turn technology need to know how to capitalize on the power and flexibility of B-axis capability for precise 5-axis milling. They also need to know how a CAM system can help them take advantage of this capability successfully.|
|Visual Basic in ESPRIT: Not Just for the Gurus|
|How many times have you heard someone refer to using|
Visual Basic within ESPRIT and thought to yourself as your
eyes glaze over, “Oh, brother, this conversation will be over my head?”
I challenge you to read this article and apply the principles of the content.
|CAM for C- and Y-Axis Mill-Turn Machining|
|A mill turn machine harnesses the turning capabilities of a full lathe and the milling capabilities of a mchining center in one machine. Complex parts can be machined in a single setup on a mill-turn to reduce cycle time and improve accuracy.|
The right CAM system is a key factor for success in the mill-turn equation. It's a critical choice that determines the ultimate productivity of your machine investment. ESPRIT delivers powerful C-and-Y-axis machining functionality for a full range of multitasking machine tools.
|The Exciting New Possibilities of Rotary Wire EDM|
|Advances in rotary technology for wire EDM(electrical discharge machining)have been accelerating in recent years. These developments in multi-axis wire EDM open up exciting new opportunities for cutting complex shapes unattended, cost-effectively and precisely in one setup.|
|CAD TO CAM EXCHANGE WITH ESPRIT FX™|
|Easy and efficient data exchange between disparate CAD and CAM systems is critical to effective engineering collaboration. |
CAD to CAM data exchange must provide for more than the transfer of geometry. The reliable exchange of manufacturing information — whether generated by the designer in the CAD system or the manufacturer in the CAM system — is of significant importance.
ESPRIT Feature Exchange (FX) links design features built
inside a CAD system with manufacturing features built