Grenoble, France (February 25, 2021) – ESPRIT CAM, a leading computer-aided manufacturing software that supports a variety of CNC machines, has deepened its existing partnership with France’s Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry (CETIM) to include additive manufacturing. CETIM was established in France in 1965 in order to improve companies’ competitiveness through mechanical engineering, transfer of innovations and advanced manufacturing solutions.
Additive manufacturing, or AM, creates parts in 3D, breaking out limits and supplementing historical manufacturing processes. AM technology is made of several sub-technologies, as described in the AM Field Guide. ESPRIT supports both direct energy deposition (DED) and powder bed fusion (PBF) with products that have been tested and validated by industrial partners.
In 2020, teams from ESPRIT continued to develop products to enhance the support of additive technologies. ESPRIT released a new feature which adds support to several new slice formats such as 3MF and Binary CLI, further improving interoperability between software and machines. Binder jetting uses a liquid binding agent to bind powder particles one layer at a time until the final product is complete, or “printed.”
Relying on an established collaboration with CETIM, ESPRIT teams validated the support of a third AM technology: binder jetting. By preparing data in ESPRIT Additive Suite products, CETIM was able to build a job made of six impeller parts with a binder jetting machine from Sweden’s Digital Metal.
“We used the ESPRIT Additive PBF product to slice the 3D model and produce a compatible file format that would be readable by Digital Metal’s machine,” says Clement Girard, ESPRIT’s additive product manager. “All data preparation was done using a version of ESPRIT Additive PBF that’s still in development.”
Although ESPRIT Additive support for binder jetting technology is not yet commercially available, this success demonstrates what’s possible when both teams collaborate closely.
Figure 1: Impeller 40mm Design by CETIM, prepared with ESPRIT & printed on a Digital Metal equipment. Credits: CETIM/ESPRIT
Figure 2: Sintered impeller 40mm Design by CETIM, prepared with ESPRIT & printed on a Digital Metal equipment. Credits: CETIM/ESPRIT
CETIM, the Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry, was established in France in 1965 in order to improve companies’ competitiveness through mechanical engineering, transfer of innovations, and advanced manufacturing solutions.
With 1,100 experts and 8,000 customers in more than 50 countries, CETIM has become a world-leading player, providing customers with independent expert advice and support through:
Innovation projects (from R&D to solution industrialization)
Design and redesign of products and processes
Testing (standardized and customized tests to qualify and characterize materials and components)
Consultancy (advice, failure analysis)
CETIM Academy® trainings
Its multidisciplinary competencies (metallic and composites materials, surface treatments, manufacturing processes, assembly, sealing, fluid and flows, NDT) and its 50 years of experience make it an essential actor for the industry and the future challenges and technologies, especially in the aerospace, automotive, energy, oil and gas, mechanical components, and process industry.
CETIM is labelled Carnot institute, member of the Réseau CTI and of the Alliance Industrie du futur.
About DP Technology
DP Technology is a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software. ESPRIT, DP’s flagship product, is a powerful, high-performance, full-spectrum programming system for milling, turning, wire EDM, and multitasking machine tools as well as metal additive manufacturing. ESPRIT and the personnel who support it 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% 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.
By leveraging its vast experience with the ESPRIT CAM system and the industry’s best technical support and R&D infrastructure, DP Technology has developed a high-performance software suite for metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) that will continue the company’s commitment to excellence and deliver the world-class technical support that is the hallmark of DP Technology and ESPRIT software.