ESPRIT CAM, developers of computer-aided manufacturing software for a variety of CNC machines, has deepened its existing partnership with France’s Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry (CETIM) to include additive manufacturing.
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 that 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.
Relying on an established collaboration with CETIM, ESPRIT teams validated the support of 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.