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Support for Additive DED Manufacturing

A 3-axis tested part with acute angles, slopes and pockets to demonstrate ESPRIT's additive capabilities. Image courtesy Mazak, Okuma, G-SCOP/Grenoble University

The Mazak i-400 AM multifunction machine is compatible with ESPRIT.

As one of the main additive manufacturing (AM) 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," said a DP Technology spokesperson. "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 new additive cycles."

DP Technology has announced the 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," said the spokesperson. 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.

ESPRIT's additive DED cycles include additive simulation and verification, as well as global support from ESPRIT's technical teams.

DP Technology validated its post-processor through collaboration with major machine manufacturers and educational institutions. "For more than a decade, we have been working on AM, 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 and Grenoble University, a leading research institution on additive DED technology," said 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.

For more information contact:

DP Technology

1150 Avenida Acaso

Camarillo, CA 93012


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