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Prospector is the next generation in NC programming software for the builders of complex tools. Purpose-built from the ground-up, Prospector is the only system that lets you confidently place responsibility for programming where it belongs — on the shop floor in the hands of your machinists. Who knows better how to machine a job?
With Prospector at work, shop floor programming is a practical tool to improve your bottom line. Empowered with Prospector, machinists are producing higher quality results in far less time than ever thought possible. That's what knowledge-based programming is all about. Prospector is designed for the machinist. Using terminology and innovative user interface techniques, Prospector speaks the language of the shop for a decided advantage over traditional skill-based NC programming systems. Machinists focus on what’s truly important — running the machine at maximum efficiency — instead of the computer.
Designed exclusively around the familiar Microsoft® Windows® graphical user interface, Prospector is a thoroughly modern application. Easy-to-learn wizards with context sensitive help guide you in a step-by-step manner through operations previously thought to be too complex to be widely adopted on the shop floor.
Prospector provides comprehensive 2D and 3D machining strategies to machine directly from solid models. Direct data import from any Parasolid-based CAD system means that machining can begin in minutes instead of wrestling with time-consuming and potentially problematic export of data to a neutral format such as IGES or STEP. Whether you use Siemens NX, SolidWorks®, Solid Edge® or any other popular Parasolid-based CAD system, you can be assured of fast and 100% accurate data transfer.
The speed and power of Prospector makes fast work of even the most complicated surface data sets. Whether you work in solids or prefer surface modeling, Prospector is the one system that handles it all.
Companies can choose from these Prospector solutions to suit their needs for 2.5D through full 3D programming:
- Prospector Gold Edition — the premier Prospector solution that allows for full 3D and 2.5D programming.
- Prospector Silver Edition — cost effective solution for those areas of the shop that only need 2.5D programming capabilities.