Finding & Fixing Problem Programs
The state of every program in the project is
marked with a graphic symbol.
green ball indicates the program has been inspected by Prospector and does not gouge the part or
collide with stock. It is ready to be post-processed and run
on the machine. Green means good-to-go.
A program gouge
symbol indicates that this program will
gouge the part or cause a stock collision. Either the tool
has gouged the part or the tool assembly has collided with
When a problem is
detected, the features in Prospector helps can help you answer
The last semi-finish program gouges!
The Program / Inspect feature presents a dialog to help you
understand what is wrong with the program:
Each entry in the dialog presents the type of problem (a collision
of the tool assembly with stock or a part gouge). The
coordinates of where the problem occurred and the severity of the
problem (how deep was the gouge into the part or stock).
Clicking on any entry in the dialog graphically places the tool at
the point in the cutter path where the next motion gouges:
In many cases, the Select Points feature can be used to mark the
offending locations in the cutter path. Once selected, the
points can be moved to correct the problem.
In the case of a stock collision, changing your tool assembly to use
a longer extension can be tried to correct the problem. The
verification feature lets you experiment with different assemblies
to find the optimal choice for any program.
For shop owners and operators alike, the full-time gouge and stock
collision feature of Prospector provides peace of mind that costly
accidents just can't happen.
Checking Files from Other CAM Systems
Prospector has the unique ability to import NC programs from other
CAM systems. Once imported, the same verification process can
be performed against these programs to check for problems.
Once a file is imported, it can be verified, edited, assigned a tool
assembly and post processed just as if the program had been
generated by Prospector. If you're current CAM system has you
unnerved, Prospector can be the solution to finding and fixing problem programs
before they start costing you big money.