To create Prospector projects, you do not need a software license.
Your CAD designers can create Prospector projects on their computers from
their CAD data without needing or consuming a Prospector software license.
Import Data from Onshape
Use the Prospector Power Connect app to connect Prospector to your
Onshape documents in the cloud.
Design data is seamlessly imported in Parasolid format.
Create Prospector Projects Directly from SolidWorks
Prospector includes an add-in for SolidWorks® that
allows you to create a Prospector project
directly from SolidWorks. Simply install Prospector on the same computer you are using to run
SolidWorks. From the Tools menu, choose Add-Ins and activate the Prospector add-in.
add-in let you create and send any component of a mold assembly directory to the shop floor
as a ready-to-machine Prospector project without ever leaving the SolidWorks environment.
Prospector automatically integrates with Autodesk® Inventor® to allow you to create
new projects inside of Inventor. Simply install Prospector on the same computer that has
Inventor installed on and you're all set to create Prospector projects directly from
Inventor. No Prospector license is required to create projects!
DXF & DWG Import
DXF & DWG are the native file format output by AutoCAD® and is the de facto standard
for exchanging 2D data sets between different CAD/CAM systems. Whether you use AutoCAD or
some other 2D system for 2D design tasks, you can export the design data as DXF
or DWG for import into Prospector for machining.
No Additional Costs
Prospector is a complete system. There are no additional costs for anything. Period.
There are no extra-costs for features such as the Parasolid import feature, AutoCAD DXF/DWG support,
IGES translation, integration with SolidWorks, Onshape, Inventor... It's all
included with Prospector at no additional cost.
Tightly Integrated AMT Software Design Applications
ToolDesigner 3D design suite and
ExpertCAD 2D design, detailing and drafting solutions
are tightly integrated with Prospector. From any of these design applications, a Prospector
project can be created or updated and sent to the shop floor for machining. Data exchange
with Prospector is direct so there is no possibility of loss of data or the integrity of the
Even the best CAD system can't be made fool-proof because they do not take into account the ingenuity of fools.
There will always be cases where geometry is so mangled that it is at best questionable and often times unusable. When this occurs,
Prospector lets you know that there are design defects. The
Design Defects dialog shows you the problem and where
it is. You can decide whether or not it will impede machining or has to be fixed before continuing.
It is not uncommon, especially with surface modelers, to find duplicate surfaces in a design. Of course these duplicates are there
by accident. They are not necessarily problematic but they will slow down cutter path generation. Because of the performance degradation,
Prospector automatically gets
rid of exact duplicate surfaces when a project is created. As an option, you can also have Prospector simplify over-defined
surfaces to further accelerate the generation of 3D cutter paths.
3D Printing of Components from Prospector Design
From Prospector Design the part data for a project can be output in either
STL or AMF format for processing by your 3D printing software. The reality is
that additive manufacturing is a viable option to produce components of a mold
so it makes sense to have the option to choose what method of production
makes the most sense.
No Part Data Changes!
Prospector and Prospector Design will not allow the original design data to
be altered. The data must be machined as-designed.
Integrating CAD with NC Programming
Prospector Easily Handles the Most Complex Designs
Let’s face it, product designs are only going to continue to get more complex. This puts a serious strain on CAM systems to cope with the volume and
complexity of the data sets thrown at them.
You have to have a system you can count on regardless of how difficult, complex or ill defined
data may be.
That's where Prospector shines. Our heritage of working with suppliers in the automotive industry required us to develop the software
algorithms needed to import and work with the most complex data sets. The bottom line is that whether you work with solid models, surface models,
3D wireframe or 2D data Prospector can handle it all.
Just bring it.
Direct Import of Solid Models
AMT Software is a licensee of the Parasolid® 3D solid modeling component software from Siemens Product Lifecycle Management
Software Inc. Prospector incorporates Parasolid for the express purpose of reading solid models designed in popular CAD applications
that utilize Parasolid as their geometric modeling engine. Here are just a few of these 3D CAD programs that rely on Parasolid:
The fact that Prospector and these CAD programs have the Parasolid technology in common means that you can machine directly from solid models
created in any of these applications. Every Parasolid CAD application can save the solid model to disk
in the Parasolid XT (*.x_t, *.x_b) file format because this is a core function of Parasolid. Key benefits of this capability are:
No Data Translation You know how time consuming and frustrating it can be for some CAD systems to write an IGES data
file suitable for machining. Some CAD vendors offer IGES translators as an expensive option or do not even offer an IGES option at all. Exporting
data from a Parasolid-based CAD system means that the data never leaves the native Parasolid format so a translator is not required. This
eliminates an entire step — the data translation step — from your process.
100% Accurate & Precise All Parasolid-based CAD systems store math data in memory using the Parasolid solid
modeling technology. Therefore the exchange of data between the CAD system and Prospector can not possibly cause geometry to be
misinterpreted, distorted or lost because the same Parasolid software that created the CAD data is receiving it in Prospector.
Fast It is not unusual for some CAD systems to to take a seriously long time to translate a single design to IGES. If
there’s an error during the translation or a problem importing the data into Prospector, the entire process must be repeated. You can't afford
these types of delays. Exporting Parasolid data directly to Prospector is not only 100% accurate but it's also fast. Very fast. NC programming
can begin in just minutes as opposed to possibly hours and hours of frustrating data translation iterations.
Importing IGES Data
Prospector benefits from our many years of real-world experience in IGES translation. The superior data translation technology we have developed
means that Prospector can offer trouble-free import if IGES data from virtually any CAD system capable of writing the IGES data format. Our
technical strengths include:
Importing Large Data Sets Even the largest data files are no problem. Many of our customers are suppliers to the
automotive industry. It's not uncommon for an instrument panel, console or fascia to contain 1000's of individual surfaces.
Smart Translation Improper or incorrect entities are automatically detected during translation. When possible, the
software automatically corrects the problem by inferring what was intended. For example, trim curves that don't follow the IGES standard
for direction are automatically reversed so the translation makes sense.
Automatic Flavoring Because of our experience in dealing with so many different CAD system, we understand the
idiosyncrasies of how these systems output IGES. This understanding is built into the software to help ensure a smooth translation. The
software detects which application is the sending CAD system and makes adjustments to compensate for the deficiencies of the sending
system's ability to write proper IGES output.
Fast Translation Even the largest data sets take no more than a couple of minutes to convert.
The industry-best IGES translation capability comes standard with Prospector and supports import of all relevant geometric entities
including solid definitions (Type 186). Layering schemes and colors are preserved. Matrix definitions are imported to use for part
setup or tool axis orientation. The choices for orientation are presented to the user whenever a new setup or workspace is required.
Prospector Design for Machining
Prospector Design is an application included included with Prospector to address the need for NC programmers to prepare design data for
With Prospector Design you can:
Create distinct Prospector projects from the discrete components of an entire 3D assembly. The needed data is easily
identified and isolated for inclusion in a project.
Eliminate unwanted or unnecessary design data that has nothing to do with NC programming or the machining task at hand.
Refine 2D data from detailed drawings by removing unwanted annotation and re-tracing or stitching together disjoint geometry
to create nice bounded profiles for machining.
Create persistent geometry for Prospector projects to facilitate machining. For example developing drive curves for
or curves needed to guide
Creating 2D geometry on the fly from prints of the plate work that needs to be machined.
Analyzing the integrity of imported design data for possible problems as well as over-defined
and duplicate geometry:
What Prospector Design doesn't do:
Alter the geometry of the original part data. The original design data sent to the shop floor can not be altered either
by Prospector Design or Prospector. This means that you can be assured that the job will be machined as-designed without the possibility of someone other
than your designers either inadvertently or intentionally changing the geometry.
Prospector Design doesn't substitute for a full-featured CAD system. The features and functions supported by Prospector Design are purposely limited
to include only those features that are commonly used to facilitate machining. If you believe that it makes sense to allow design to occur on the
shop floor, there are many CAD solutions available to choose from. Prospector Design is not one of them.