As one of the main additive manufacturing processes, directed energy deposition (DED) uses a focused energy source, such as a laser or electron beam, to melt the build material. The ability to control the grain structure of a part makes DED a good solution for the repair of functional metal parts. 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 additive cycles.
DP Technology announced the first commercial version of ESPRIT, a CAM system for CNC programming, 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. The product release includes 3-axis, 4-axis, and 5-axis DED support.
ESPRIT’s additive DED cycles include additive simulation and verification, as well as global support from ESPRIT’s technical teams.
The new additive cycle offers users a full-spectrum additive solution, from CAD file to finished part.
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