November 18, 2020
ESPRIT, of DP Technology, announces a partnership with Alma, the CAD/CAM provider for robotics, to create a complete programming solution for robot additive DED (direct energy deposition).
To provide customers with an end-to-end solution for programming robot additive DED, ESPRIT has been working with Alma to bring together advanced toolpath planning in subtractive and additive areas, and technology in robotics trajectory computation and off-line programming of arc welding robots.
This solution allows Alma to use the full ESPRIT additive DED cycles such as 3x, 4x and 5x, bringing the software to a new level of support for additive technology, the companies say. The solution also allows ESPRIT to support industrial robot brands including Yaskawa, ABB, Fanuc, Kuka and others.
The result of this technology partnership is a complete workflow to provide end users with:
- dedicated additive toolpath planning and programming;
- robot programming, simulation, verification, collision detection and code generation; and
- subtractive finishing process planning, simulation, verification, collision detection and G-code generation
Through industry collaboration with several key customers and research institutions, the solution between ESPRIT and Alma has been validated in multiple applications and test cuts with various robot brands. The solution is backed by technical support from ESPRIT and Alma.
For a general understanding of the robot additive DED workflow, watch an informational video from ESPRIT.
For a more detailed explanation of the topic, those interested can sign up for ESPRIT’s upcoming webinar.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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