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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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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. Whether you work with solid models or surface models, Prospector can handle it.  Just bring it!

Direct Import of Solid Models

Prospector incorporates the Parasolid solid modeling kernel.  The Parasolid modeling kernel powers many popular solid modeling design systems including:

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



This means that you can machine directly from solid models from any Parasolid-based CAD system via the Parasolid Pipeline.  Data exchange is the Parasolid solid model stored in the open XT file format.  Key benefits of 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
    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 several hours 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.

Free Add-In to SolidWorks

The free add-in to SolidWorks makes it a snap to transfer data from SolidWorks to Prospector.  Simply select the component(s) of an assembly to machine.  Next choose Create Prospector Project from the Prospector menu in SolidWorks.  An easy to use wizard guides you through the project creation process.  Want to customize the add-in? No problem. The source code is for this application is available in the Downloads section.


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