DP Technology Esprit CAM Solutions for Willemin-Macodel

Editor: Steffen Donath

Willemin-Macodel is a supplier of machining solutions for complex workpieces offering high added value in industries like watchmaking, jewelry, medical, aviation and more.

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Esprit digital twin of Willemin-Macodel 508MT2
Esprit digital twin of Willemin-Macodel 508MT2
(Source: Esprit)

Due to the configuration and complexity of certain millturn machines (508MT, 508MT2 X400, 408MT), programming and simulating using conventional computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software can be a challenge. Without the right software to drive those powerful machines, it is difficult to fully utilise their capabilities and realise their complete benefits.

By working directly with Willemin-Macodel and a number of key clients, DP Technology engineers developed highly optimised support for Willemin-Macodel within their Esprit CAM software to drastically improve the user experience and programming efficiency for the MT series, including output of machine-optimised, edit-free G-Code.

Some of Esprit’s key capabilities for these machines include:

  • Create and sort operations in the required work coordinates
  • Optimise simulation to match the output NC code and actual machine behavior
  • Display various operation information to make programming in Esprit easier
  • Provide a simple interface to set global machine settings
  • Offer an easy way to mount vise jaws on the turret
  • Offer a quick solution to mount chuck and collet on the main and sub spindles
  • Allow programming of tailstock engage and disengage cycles
  • Enable programming of vise steady rest engage and disengage cycles
  • Let the user flag a milling operation as a cutoff operation

Esprit’s highly optimised support for Willemin-Macodel.
Esprit’s highly optimised support for Willemin-Macodel.
(Source: Esprit)

DP engineers also worked closely with Willemin machine specialists to create a turn-key digital machine package, consisting of post processors and virtual machines for the MT series. This eliminates the time spent on editing the G-code and streamlines the machine setup and first article run off for the end users.

“Esprit post developers collaborated with the team at Willemin-Macodel to develop a WM-specific software solution that enables quick processing of complex parts on our full 5-axis mill-turn machine tools,” says Jim Davis, Application Manager at Willemin.

Esprit provides not only a dedicated CAM solution for the Willemin-Macodel machines, but also extensive engineering expertise and knowledge to make sure the end users get started quickly and keep running at top efficiency using the MT series machines.