Roughing and Pocketing...
A comprehensive machining cycle.

ESPRITís comprehensive pocket machining cycle handles straight wall pockets, tapered pockets, and through or blind pockets.  Whether they are simple squares or pockets with complex irregular boundaries and a large number of multi-level islands and bosses or sub-pockets, ESPRIT will drastically simplify your programming.  The ESPRIT Pocketing cycle provides full tool control and extensive automation for roughing and finishing pockets in one simple step.

The Pocketing cycle supports concentric outside-in and inside-out cutting with a constant overlap, bi-directional zigzag, and one way zigzag movements.  Finishing options provide cutting tool and condition choices for finishing the walls and/or the floors with the same or different tools, with individual stock allowances and step over control for each cut.

  • Full tool control
  • Extensive automation for roughing
  • All in one simple step

Contouring ...
Set the machining parameters and let ESPRIT create the tool path.

Youíll find ESPRITís contour machining cycle an important tool with universal applications for a wide variety of machining tasks.  This flexible cycle is ideal for profile cutting, roughing, slotting, semi-finishing, and finishing straight or tapered walls with constant or variable cutting depths.  You simply set the machining parameters and ESPRIT reads the various feature properties to create tool path to cut any shape.  When detailed tool control is needed, you can rely on the Contouring cycle to manage the individual tool movements, while allowing you to control the machining parameters at every point during a cut.

  • ESPRIT reads feature properties to create tool path to cut any shape

Rest Machining ...
Automatically performs pocketing and contouring of uncut areas.

This intelligent cutting cycle recognizes the machining operations and cutting tools associated with a given feature of the part, and automatically compares the work piece ďas machinedĒ to the original part ďas designedĒ.  Using this knowledge the Rest Machining cycle automatically performs machining (Pocketing and Contouring) of the uncut areas of remaining material.  Use this cycle to easily perform roughing and pre-finishing work with optimal cutting tool choices.

  • Automatically compares the work piece "as machined" to original part "as designed".

Drilling and Hole Making ...
Up to 13 point to point machining cycles are available..

Choose between ESPRITís machining cycles, your machine toolís canned cycles, or use a combination of both.  You have the freedom of choice.  Drilling, peck drilling, boring, taping and up to thirteen other point-to-point machining cycles are available.  Use one simple step in the Process Manager to cut complex holes that require multiple cycles and several tools.  As an example: spot drill with chamfer, through drill, counter bore, and ream a set of holes, all in one easy step. Machine internal or external right or left hand threads using ESPRITís Thread Milling machining cycle.  The Spiraling cycle is well suited to milling and counterboring holes.  In each case ESPRIT will automatically generate optimized tool path minimizing the cycle time.

  • Automatically generate optimized tool path
  • Minimize cycle time

Custom Machining Cycles ...
Control individual cutting tool movements.

ESPRITís collection of Custom machining cycles lets you control individual cutting tool movements.  The Insert technology function is available to adjust machining parameters within a machining cycle at any point during the cut. Or use the Custom cycle to insert commands, in-line G-code, and special cutting tool movements at any point in the CNC program.  Take advantage of the Park instruction to pause the cutting process and retract the cutting tool for part/tool inspection.  Use the Tool Path Editor to edit the tool path as if it were geometry to make special modifications to the tool path.

  • Insert
  • Park
  • Tool Path Editor

FreeForm 3D Surface and Solid Machining...
Cut complex 3D freeform shapes.

SolidMill FreeForm uses the ESPRIT solid machining engine to cut complex 3D free-form shapes.  Specifically designed to handle the most challenging requirements of the mold, die, and tool making markets, ESPRIT provides you with a powerful set of tools and a large selection of machining cycles for roughing, semi-finishing, finishing, and re-machining.

FreeFrom Roughing ...

The FreeForm 3D Roughing cycle rough machines any complex 3D shape from any shape stock.  Similar to the SolidMill Traditional Pocketing cycle, this 3D machining cycle performs zigzag and offset style rough machining on even the most complex set of 3D solids/surfaces.


FreeForm Finishing ...

With the choice of seven different semi-finishing and finishing cycles you can easily create all the tool path necessary to machine your part.  Use one cycle for your entire part, or optimize your machining by defining containment boundaries.  Machine different zones of your part using the cycle and cutting style most appropriate. 


Z-Level Machining ...
Excellent for High Speed Machining.

This cycle identifies near vertical and near horizontal areas and allows the operator to choose different cutting strategies for each area.  Z-Level Machining offers both roughing and finishing options using one or two tools in a single cycle.  It is an excellent cycle for High Speed Machining, providing very smooth, continuous tool path. 

Rest Material Re-Machining ...
Automated Re-machining of uncut areas.

Re-machining of uncut areas of your part is automated through the Rest Material cycle.  Select a cutter and ESPRIT will automatically remove all possible remaining material using any one of a number of cutting styles.  Choose from pencil tracing, lace cutting, parallel flowline, and spiral movements.  This maximizes part quality and minimizes bench work.

  • Pencil tracing
  • Lace cutting
  • Parallel flowline
  • Spiral movements

Remaining Stock Machining ...
Use Surface, Solid and STL models for stock.

All of the FreeForm machining cycles are optimized for machining from regular and irregular shaped stock/workpiece.  Surface, Solid and STL models may be used as stock, as well as the results from previous machining operations.  All cutting is optimized and contained, or limited to the volume of material between the stock and the final part, resulting in significantly reduced machining times and extended tool life.

High Speed Machining
Create smooth continuous tool movement.

Every ESPRIT machining cycle includes a number of High Speed Machining options to insure the creation of smooth, continuous movements while maintaining constant loads on the cutting tools.  Whether itís HSM to cut hardened materials, minimize cycle times, or both, ESPRIT supplies the tools to get the results you need.  Choose from sharp corner smoothing, loop style bridge movements, ramp and helical entry into material, spiral style cutting with constant overlaps, tangency entry, constant Z-Level cutting, and many more.  Included within the Universal Post Processor is HSM optimization for NURBS and Spline curve G-code output.