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Prospector 2013

Keep your team running at full speed with Prospector 2013.

Touch screen support.

Multi-program editing.

Advanced cutter path simulation.

Customer-driven software enhancements and corrections.

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Comprehensive Suite of 3D Machining Strategies

A full suite of 3D machining strategies comes standard with Prospector.  For a more in-depth look at all the machining strategies and options available for each, download Machining Capabilities: An Overview

Whether you machine from solid models or surface models, you can take full advantage of all these machining features in Prospector:

Z-Planar Rough Remachining

3D Machining Strategies
2D Machining Strategies
Plunge Roughing
Remaining Stock Model
PowerSource Technology
Parasolid Solid Modeler Compatible
Industry-Best IGES Data Import
Organizing Data
Easy to Learn
Gouge and Stock Collision Detection
NC Documentation
Cutter Path Editing
Post Processing
Prospector Silver Edition
PC Requirements
Design for Machining
  • Automatic generation a series of Z-Planar programs to rough the entire job.
    Smaller tools machine only in areas where preceding larger tools could not machine.

  • PowerSource knowledge-based machining sequence defines the proper roughing process for the job at hand.

  • Unique Z-Planar machining strategy combines clearing with corner cutting techniques depending on the left over stock condition.

  • Consistent and efficient results that minimizes machine time regardless of operator skill level.

Z-Planar With Clearing

  • Zig-Zag, Spiral Outside-In, Spiral Inside-Out clearing options.
  • Designated plunge point option for pre-drilled holes or off-the-block starts.
  • High speed machining option to smooth interior corners.
  • Machining by level or by pocket.
  • Precise level machining option automatically inserts levels at exactly the right height to machine flat areas of the job.
  • Plunge, or helical or contour ramps.
  • Option to machine flats only.
  • Efficient ordering of clearing scans minimizes machine time.

Z-Planar No Clearing

  • Five different Z-level program styles to address different part geometry and machining conditions.
  • High speed machining options for circular lead-in and lead-out.
  • Automatic or designated plunge points.
  • Ramp or plunge options to transit to lower levels.
  • Machine multiple regions by pocket or by level.
  • Optimized lifts retract the tool only as high as necessary.

Plunge Roughing

  • Center cutting or edge-cutting program styles.
  • Automatic development of conical entry hole program for machining cavity conditions.
  • Totally automatic mode to choose optimal start points and cusp elimination.
  • Direction control (X-major, Y-Major).
  • Maximum plunge depth to machine the job in layers.
  • Step-back retracts to avoid dragging inserts during retract motions.
  • Preview feature let you visualize the program to be created before committing parameters.
  • OptiPlunge™ technology adds plunges to clean up larger cusps left over by machining.
  • Unique Z-Level cleanup program removes cusps left over from plunge roughing.

Lace & Box

  • Options to constrain minimum and maximum Z-heights to prevent programs from machining walls or dropping into pockets.
  • Optional machining by angle constrains the cutter path to flat areas of the job regardless of the part geometry to be machined.
  • Optimized lifts prevents wasted machine time by lifting only as high as needed to clear part and stock.
  • High speed machining options to maintain constant depth of cut and smooth transitions from one scan to the next.

Flow Line Machining

  • Options to drive a primary curve only or primary and secondary curve where cuts are trimmed at the intersection of the secondary curve.
  • Option to step the cutter down in Z.
  • Option walk the cutter into or away from the flow curve.
  • High speed machining options for transition smoothing and precision finishing.
  • One-way or zig-zag machining.
  • Optimized lifts prevents wasted machine time by lifting only as high as needed to clear part and stock.
  • Optional Z-Level constraints to prevent the cutter from climbing walls or dropping into pockets.

Radial Machining

  • One-way and zig-zag cutting options.
  • Option to cut radial curves first to remove stock at the top and bottom of each radial cut.
  • Option to cut radial curves last to clean up any cusps leftover from the machining operation.
  • High speed machining options for transition smoothing and precision finishing.
  • Precise cutter contact control option drives tangency point of the cutter to the radial curves to maintain sharps.

Contour Machining

  • Offset on-surface machining following the shape of a bounding curve.
  • Inside-out or outside-in cutting style.
  • Fixed step-over or on-surface step-over.
  • Directional control to enforce climb or conventional cutting..

Pencil Tracing

  • Automatic detection bi-tangency condition of part surface to tool geometry produces candidate paths for selection to include in the program.
  • Cuts are directed automatically to always climb-cut the part.
  • Automatic optimal ordering of curves saves machine time.
  • Optional ribbing-up of the cuts to walk the cutter down in Z to remove heavy concentrations of stock.

Rib Machining

  • Unique machining strategy to cut grooves into the job.  In many cases, rib machining can be faster than using conventional EDM methods.
  • Z-Level clearing passes remove stock efficiently.
  • Final on-surface passes follow the shape of the rib for an excellent finish.
  • Optional optimization of Z-Level passes trims away portions of each pass that are not needed.
  • One-way and zig-zag cutting styles with ramping options.

Spiral Machining

  • Perfect for cutting circular features of a job, this cutter path produces a continuous spiral from one specified diameter to another.
  • Machine outside-in or inside-out.
  • Clockwise or counter-clockwise direction to enforce climb or conventional milling.

Scribe Machining

  • Engrave text or scribe lines into the job at a specified depth.
  • Step-down option controls the amount of stock removed for each pass.
  • One-way or zig-zag cutting style.
  • Cut by level or by curve option.

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