Camarillo, CA- DP Technology, software developer of the ESPRIT CAM system, announces their full support for the deployment of the STEP-NC standard. DP now offers complete backing for the Model Driven Intelligent Control of Manufacturing project (MDICM), an Advanced Technology Project (ATP) issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop and deploy a digital input standard for CNC machines.
As a demonstration of DP Technology's commitment, Chuck Mathews (Vice President of Marketing) and Mark Palma (Product Manager) have joined the ATP Industrial Review Board. The Industrial Review Board, comprised of leaders in the U.S. and Canadian metalworking communities, meets every six months to share the newest developments in STEP-NC and review plans for future technologies.
STEP-NC is an extension of STEP (Standard for Product Data Exchange) that annotates the ISO standard for CAD design data with manufacturing information for Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) systems. Utilizing STEP-NC, an integrated CAD/CAM System can create instructions about stock, part features, and tool requirements and feed these instructions to a CNC machine with an on-line CAM system at the machine tool control. The goal of STEP-NC is encompassed by the Super Model project, an initiative to create one, super, publicly available data specification for manufacturing processes. The Super Model project estimates that STEP-NC will produce a 35% time reduction in defining part programs, a 75% reduction in the number of drawings that have to be sent from design to manufacturing, and a 50% time reduction in manufacturing parts for small to mid- sized job lots.
Appointed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop and deploy STEP-NC, STEP Tools, Inc. (Troy, NY) spearheads both the Super Model project and the Industrial Review Board. STEP Tools' goal is to promote and facilitate the sharing of engineering product information for worldwide design and manufacturing. To learn more about STEP-NC and the Super Model project, visit
About DP Technology and ESPRIT
DP Technology is a company founded on the vision of technology's potential. For two decades DP Technology has set the pace in the machine tool industry with the practical application of advanced technologies for the benefit of the CNC programmer.
DP Technology re-invests over 20% of its annual revenue into Research and Development in an effort to assure ESPRIT's continuing leadership as the world's leading CAM product. For additional information about DP Technology and ESPRIT, please call 805-388-6000, email DP at
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DP Technology Announces Full Support for Deployment of STEP-NC Standard