Easy to Learn, Easy to Use

Making the Seemingly Complex Simple

Prospector makes extensive use of standard features afforded by the Microsoft Windows® user interface to implement wizards. Wizards guide users in a step-by-step process through operations. At every step, Prospector’s built-in tool making know-how embedded in the knowledge base will automatically suggest solutions that represent your preferences and shop rules.

For example, making a new 3D program requires just 2 steps; the other 4 are optional.  Have a look:

Step 1 - Choose Where to Machine

With the assistance of the RSM view of the current state of the stock, simply choose area(s) of interest to be machined. The areas you choose are shown in a convenient grid control and displayed in the 3D view of the part and the RSM view.

Step 2 - Choose the Most Appropriate Machining Strategy

The data about the size and location of the areas to machine, remaining stock and part characteristics are all fed as input to the PowerSource engine to be processed with your rules to suggest how these areas should be machined given the current conditions. The result is the automatic selection of a machining strategy that appears to be the most appropriate:

PowerSource engine has computed that Z-Planar With Clear is the most appropriate strategy to use given the current conditions. Of course you can countermand this recommendation and choose any strategy you wish.

Note that the Finish button on the new 3D program wizard is now enabled. The PowerSource knowledge-base engine has computed the proper tool, feeds, speeds, step-over, step-down for this Z-Planar program. In short, all program parameters are set so if you wish, just click Finish and you're done. That wasn't complicated now was it?

Step 3 (Optional) - Choose the Right Tool for the Job

As you step through the wizard, each page contains key elements of the program(s) to be generated. The tooling page shows the tool chosen by your rules and standards along with the associated feedrate and spindle speed that makes sense for the material type and machining conditions. You can of course choose a different tool type or size and/or alter any of the associated tooling parameters.

The PowerSource engine has run the rule set for tool selection for Z-Planar With Clear and has come up with a recommended tool. Of course you are free to choose a different tool if you wish. The criteria for selecting a preferred tool is programmed in your PowerSource database.

Step 4 (Optional) - Add a Tool Assembly

Model the entire tool assembly you wish to use. This is an important step in order to allow Prospector to check if there will be a collision with the part or stock.

Just like your tools, tool assembly components can be predefined and stored in your PowerSource tooling database to make modeling an assembly a simple task.

Step 5 (Optional) - Setting Optimal Program Parameters

The parameters page of the wizard details specific parameters related to the machining strategy chosen. PowerSource has automatically set the program parameters according to your rules and preferences.

PowerSource has automatically calculated the start and end Z for each area to be machined based on the current stock condition and the stock allowance.

Creating any program follows this same philosophy. A new program wizard will always walk you through the process of make a program. That means you won't be able skip a step or inadvertently miss establishing an important parameter

This simplicity of design of the user coupled with PowerSource technology means that we can train new users who may have never even touched a computer before in 3 days or less. That's what we mean when we say Prospector is the only NC programming system designed from the start for shop floor programming.