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ESPRIT Additive
Part-to-Build   Workflow

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 SIMPLIFIED. STREAMLINED. EFFICIENT. 

PART-TO-BUILD   WORKFLOW

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THE OPTIMIZED, REUSABLE, PART-TO-BUILD PROCESS EXPLAINED  

The ESPRIT Part-To-Build workflow divides the process of preparing the job file into two steps and creates a reusable intermediary file, the Part-To-Build file.

 

 Any given Part-to-Build file may be used in one or more job files without redefining the manufacturing information.

1. IMPORTING

Integrated into SolidWorks®, the ESPRIT Additive Suite works directly with native (.SLDPRT) files and any neutral 3D CAD format, such as STEP.  The part model is not approximated with triangles, allowing faster and more accurate builds.   

• Works with native 3D CAD files

• No mesh/tessellation (STL)                  
   approximations

• Accurate support positioning &
   creation

• Improved accuracy

• Reduced calculation time

2.  ORIENTATION

ESPRIT Additive Suite orients the part in the Part-To-Build app. Chosen orientations may be saved and reused later in future builds. Orientation can be performed using optimization parameters such, as minimizing surface-to-support and minimizing the number of supports.

• Manual, assisted or fully automated

• Reusable orientations for future builds

• Orientation optimized for easy support

3.  SUPPORT STRUCTURE CREATION

Generates support structures from 2D drawings based on sketches, holes, and spacing between supports; allows automatic support generation simply by knowing the surface to support and the offset hatch or manual filling.

• Manual, assisted or fully automated

• Reusable supports for future builds

• Supports optimized using SolidWorks
   sketcher

Photo courtesy Renishaw

4.  FEATURE RECOGNITION

Automatically or manually recognize and associate features of your part, such as support structures, part volumes, thin or thick walls, and other variations in different areas of the part.


By defining different features for each area, ESPRIT Additive allows the use of different exposure strategies to optimize build time
by speeding up in tolerant areas, while slowing to produce highly accurate results in critical areas.

• Automatic or assisted part feature
   recognition

• Allow different melting strategies for
   different areas of the part

• Improves part quality and reduces
   production times

• Optimize the exposure strategies for
   different part features

5.  EXPOSURE STRATEGIES

Exposure strategies are optimized by feature type, such as the supports structures versus the part, thin versus thick walls, etc. 
By connecting to the KnowledgeBase of recommended strategies, successful exposure strategies may be developed, stored, shared and reused over and over again.

• Exposure strategies optimized by
   feature type

• Improves part quality and reduces
   build times

• Connected to a KnowledgeBase
   of recommended strategies

Photo courtesy Renishaw

6.  PART SLICING

The ESPRIT Additive Suite part slicer calculates the build layers (slices) directly from the original 3D CAD model for the highest level of performance and accuracy. These slices are stored with the Part-to-Build file and may be reused in multiple jobs, further saving more time and providing consistency from build to build.

• High-performance slicing performed
   on original CAD model

• Improves accuracy and reduces time

THERMAL SIMULATION

ESPRIT Additive Suite incorporates a thermal simulation app that allows it to accurately simulate high temperature areas during the actual build. This app will identify areas of the part that need specialized support structures to eliminate part distortion during the build process.

• Anticipates thermal strain and deformations

• Adapts support based on the result

JOB FILE CREATION

SETUP AND GENERATE THE JOB FILE

A Job file includes one or more Part-to-Build files nested in the build chamber to maximize part output. The file is then formatted for the specific machine and the job is built via additive manufacturing – 3D printing process.

7.  NESTING

In the ESPRIT Additive Suite Job App, the parts are nested in the manufacturing chamber. The parts are aligned to the start plate and moved and rotated to utilize the full capacity of the machine.

• Manual, assisted or automated nesting

• Combining one or more Part-to-Build files

• Optimizing build time and machine utilization

Photo courtesy Renishaw

8.  JOB FILE GENERATION

ESPRIT Additive Suite assembles the
pre-sliced parts and exports them to the chosen machine-specific file format, minimizing calculation time.

• Supporting all metal additive powder bed
   machines

• With factory-certified output in machine-
   specific file formats

Photo courtesy Renishaw

PRODUCTION FLEXIBILITY

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

USE AND RE-USE THE PART-TO-BUILD FILES

The Part-to-Build file may be used in one or more job files without having to start over and redefine the manufacturing information for each job.

Take the individual prepared parts from the Part-To-Build process, nest them in the build chamber and export to a machine-specific file format – ready to build.

ESPRIT Additive Manufacturing Software