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Intro

ESPRIT For All

Panning, Zooming, and Rotating


Smart Zoom will zoom from the middle of the model, not the cursor location Free Rotate using the keyboard and mouse Pan, Zoom, and Rotate incrementally using the arrow keys
Press the arrow keys to pan up, down, left, or right Press Shift + an up or down arrow key to zoom in or out Press Ctrl + any arrow key to rotate

Customize the mouse/keyboard actions in the Options dialog


Customize the actions associated with the mouse, Shift key, and Ctrl key Reverse the direction of the zoom while scrolling Change the default angle for incremental rotations

Smart Zoom
Zoom from the center of the model Shift + press middle mouse button Move mouse forward to zoom in Move mouse backward to zoom out

Free Rotate
Rotate without clicking the Rotate command! Ctrl + press middle mouse button Move mouse in any direction Hover the cursor over an element to rotate about that element

Pan Incrementally with Arrow Keys


Press an arrow key to pan up, down, left or right The incremental distance for each click is 10 pixels Hold down a key to pan more quickly

Zoom Incrementally with Arrow Keys


Press Shift + Up arrow key to zoom in

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Press Shift + Down arrow key to zoom out

Rotate Incrementally with Arrow Keys


Press Ctrl + any arrow key to rotate in15 degree increments *
Ctrl + Up to rotate CW around horizontal in view Ctrl + Down to rotate CCW around horizontal Ctrl + Right to rotate right around vertical Ctrl + Left to rotate left around vertical

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* 15 degree increment can be customized

Rotate in 90 degree increments


Hold down Shift + Ctrl + any arrow key to rotate 90 degrees

Customize the mouse/keyboard actions


Open Tools > Options > Workspace Set the action to perform (Pan, Zoom, Rotate) when the middle mouse button and a keyboard key (None, Shift, Ctrl) are pressed Reverse the direction of the zoom when the scroll wheel is spun forward and backward Set the incremental angle for rotation with the arrow keys

Auto Save Options


New Auto Save Options command on the Tools menu Automatically save ESPRIT files based on your own preferences:
Choose a folder location for backups Choose how often backups are created Control the number of backup files

Open a backup file in ESPRIT Convert a backup to a standard ESPRIT file

Enable Auto Save Options


Open Tools > Auto Save Options Check Enable Auto Save to start saving backup files

Choose where backups are saved


Save Backup to Document File Folder
When checked, backups are saved to the same folder as ESPRIT files When unchecked, the user can select a folder for backups

Choose how often to create backups


Two options control how often backups are created:
Backup by Number of Commands Backup by Elapsed Time (minutes)

Only one option can be chosen

Limit the number of backup files


Two options control the total number of backups that are saved:
Number of Versions to Save Before Save Delete all Backup Files Older Than (days)

Save up to 10 versions Automatically delete old versions

Open and convert a backup file


Any backup file can be converted to a standard ESPRIT file. Click Open Set Files of Type to All Files (*.*) Browse to the backup file and click Open On the File menu, click Save As Click Save

Check Reference Files Status


Check the status of imported CAD files:
Current: The CAD file has not changed Modified: The CAD file has a different time stamp Missing: The CAD file cannot be located by its original name or location

Update modified files Relink to a renamed file Restore a missing file Delete a referenced file

Update a modified file


ESPRIT does not automatically update the part inside the ESPRIT document when a CAD file changes To update a modified file:
Select the file in the list Click the Update button

Re-link to a renamed or missing file


ESPRIT cannot find a referenced file when it has been renamed or moved to a different location To restore a missing CAD file:
Select the file in the list Click the Restore Link button Browse to the file Click Open

Delete a referenced file


When a referenced file is deleted in the Reference Files Status dialog, the reference and the CAD model are deleted from the ESPRIT document

Associativity
Maintain the association between an EDM draft feature and the imported CAD file it was created on Update an EDM draft feature created on an imported CAD file Ideal for handling engineering changes Use Associativity and ESPRIT FX together for maximum integration

Update associated features/toolpath


Check the reference file status and Update the modified part The Die and Hole features in ESPRIT are updated The toolpath on the features is also updated

Limitation: The collection of CAD faces can only be modified. Associativity will not work if the collection changes because faces are added or deleted.

Associativity and ESPRIT FX


Update the CAD file directly in the CAD Feature Tree The Die feature in ESPRIT is updated The toolpath on the feature is also updated

Notice that the limitation on changing the collection of CAD faces does not apply in ESPRIT FX. ESPRIT recognizes the fillets added to the sharp corners because the ESPRIT feature is associated with the specific CAD feature.

Tool Manager
Simplified interface for both milling and turning tools Control the display of the tool grid with Advanced > Options Use the Field Chooser to set the display of columns in the grid Sort data in the tool grid New menus: File, Machining, KnowledgeBase Drag and drop tools, copy tools, or move tools to mount or unmount them Improved interaction with the KnowledgeBase
See which tools are loaded from the KnowledgeBase New KnowledgeBase menu gives direct access to the Cutting Tool Manager

Simplified interface
The same interface is used for both milling and turning tools All turrets and/or milling head are shown Menus make it easy to find commands

User-controlled display
The user can customize the background Right-click, then select Advanced > Options

A gradient can be created by setting the colors for Grid Background and Grid Background 1 and then setting Tool Row to Transparent.

Displaying data in the tool grid


Right-click on a column heading to:
Display the Field Chooser Sort data Fit data in the column Print the tool grid

Copy and move tools


Drag-and-drop tools between stations Right-click on a tool to move or copy it from its current location to another Turret/Station or select Unassigned to unmount a tool

Interact with the KnowledgeBase


See which tools have been loaded from the KnowledgeBase Use the KnowledgeBase menu to:
Open the Cutting Tool Manager Refresh the tool data from the database Use the tool data in ESPRIT to update the tool in the database Save tools to the KnowlwdgeBase

Load tools from the KnowledgeBase


Open the Cutting Tool Manager from the KnowledgeBase menu To load tools:
Drag-and-drop tools one by one to ESPRIT Use the Shift or Ctrl keys to select multiple tools in the Cutting Tool Manager, then click Add Selected Tools to ESPRIT

Milling Tools
Redesigned interface with graphical tabs and accurate images of each tool type New shank definition:
New shank types: Cylindrical, Conical, or Custom Collision detection of the tool shank Separate simulation color of the tool shank

Automatic validation of the tool geometry

Improved interface
Graphical tabs Realistic tool images

New Shank definition

Dynamic dimensions

New tool shank definition


Shank Types: Cylindrical Conical Reverse Conical

Create a custom shank from imported profile geometry (*.ect file).

Validate tool geometry


ESPRIT now automatically validates the tool geometry as soon as the user clicks OK on the tool page If a simulation solid cannot be created from the entered tool dimensions, an error message displays

In this example, the tool cannot be created because the Tool Length is zero. The user must correct the tool dimension before ESPRIT will create the tool.

Updated milling tools


Face Mill: New insert definition Chamfer End Mill: More shapes

Thread Mill: New Single Point

Slot Mill: New Side Slot type

Sub-Elements Mode
SUB-ELEMENTS mode is now located in the Status area Use SUB-ELEMENTS mode to select individual faces, edges, or loops on solid models or individual sub-elements in EDM draft features Set the default status in the Options dialog

Orient Part
The Part Orientation add-in introduced in ESPRIT 2008 is now integrated in ESPRIT 2009 New Orient Part toolbar on the Edit menu Change the orientation of solid models:
Align a single planar face with an axis Align two parallel planar faces with an axis Align a cylindrical face with an axis

Change the orientation of geometry:


Align planar wireframe geometry with an axis

Align a single planar solid face


Planar faces are aligned perpendicular to the alignment axis The positive direction of the axis points outside the solid body
Select a solid face Click a command on the Orient Part toolbar

To reverse the orientation, hold down the Shift key and click an Orient Part command

Align two parallel planar faces


Parallel planar faces are aligned so the middle of the two faces is aligned perpendicular to the alignment axis
Select two parallel planar faces Click a command on the Orient Part toolbar

To reverse the orientation, hold down the Shift key and click an Orient Part command

Align a cylindrical face


Cylindrical faces are aligned so the cylinder axis is co-linear with the alignment axis The direction of the axis is arbitrary
Select a cylindrical face Click a command on the Orient Part toolbar

To reverse the orientation, hold down the Shift key and click an Orient Part command

Align planar geometry


Geometry is aligned perpendicular to the alignment axis The selected geometry must define a plane. For example, a circle, arc, ellipse, or two segments
Select the planar geometry Click a command on the Orient Part toolbar