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DeskProto Expert: Offers a wealth of options for CNC machining.
DeskProto Expert: Offers a wealth of options for CNC machining.

DeskProto Expert: all options for 3-axis jobs.

Offers a wealth of options for CNC machining.

In the Expert edition all DeskProto options are available except for the rotation axes. The result is a CAM program that allows you to produce even the most complicated models.
A few of the features that the Expert Edition offers you:
  • Two different user-interfaces: the wizards to get you started, and the dialogs to exploit all options
  • Extremely fast calculations, also for complex geometries
  • Large STL files are possible: 500 MB is no problem, for the 64 bits version even several GB
  • 3D machining, simple 2D machining and bitmap machining all in one program
  • The ability to freely add cutters, machines and postprocessors
  • A very intuitive user-interface.
DeskProto Expert offers all these options (more are listed below) for a price of just   € 595.00

 
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DeskProto Expert applications

The DeskProto Expert Edition is meant for professional users who's profession is not CNC machining. Like designers and modelmakers needing a prototype, artists for a sculpture, medics for a brace, etc.

DeskProto can be combined with any 3D CAD program, and with any CNC milling machine.
Using DeskProto you can create a model in many ways:

 
insole picture
Simply machine your part from one side.
For instance this insole, a relief model, a thermoforming mold.
Note that the pictures left are links to Gallery projects.
hand tool picture
Machine two separate halves of a model, each from one side, later to be glued together. Like the right and left half of this hand-tool.
fish sculpture picture
Machine the model from two sides, either using a rotation axis for the 180 degree flip or doing a manual flip. For either case DeskProto provides a wizard to assist.
guitar neck picture
2D toolpaths can be combined with 3D machining, be projected on a 3D geometry, and also wrapped around an object when rotation axis machining.
toolpaths for Radetzky bitmap
When Bitmap machining DeskProto will convert each Z-value in the bitmap to a Z-height in the relief. This means that you can machine any photo! The relief can also be projected on or wrapped around a 3D geometry.
 

Functionality in DeskProto Expert

The following settings are available in the DeskProto Expert Edition:
  • Roughing and Finishing operations, the roughing options: skin thickness and layer height
  • Limit the area to be machined using a (freeform) segment
  • Dynamic feedrate control: automatically reduce for high chip-loads. Also called the "Bit Saver feature"
  • Many machining strategies available (see below)
  • Inverse milling: machine a cavity that fits the geometry in the STL file
  • Add support blocks, needed when machining from several sides or with a rotation axis
  • Meander/climb/conventional, Ambient skipping, Collet collision check, ...
  • Simple 2D machining, and you can also project the 2D contour on the 3D geometry
  • Bitmap machining (grey-value to Z-Height), also project the bitmap relief on the 3D geometry
  • Choose a user-interface: wizard or dialog-based, or create a project with the wizard and then fine-tune using the dialogs.
  • Freely add machine-definitions
  • Configure your own postprocessor (if needed).
The above list only shows the most important features. For a more complete list the comparison tablethat compares the three editions of DeskProto.

DeskProto Expert offers a large number of Milling Strategies for the toolpaths: see the illustrations below.

 
Available Milling Strategies in the DeskProto Expert Edition:
parallel toolpaths
parallel toolpaths
parallel toolpaths
Parallel to X   ,   Parallel to Y   ,   Parallel to X, angled
crosswise toolpaths
crosswise toolpaths
Crosswise   ,   Crosswise, angled
crosswise toolpaths
crosswise toolpaths
Block   ,   Block, angled
circular toolpaths
circular toolpaths
Circular   ,   Circular with corners
spiral toolpaths
radial toolpaths
Spiral   ,   Radial
waterline toolpaths
contour toolpaths
offset toolpaths
Waterlines (constant Z)   ,   Contour only (smoothing contour)   ,   Offset (contour-parallel)
 

Purchasing a DeskProto License

The distribution of DeskProto (all editions) is completely Internet based: all items needed are available via the website or by email. When purchasing a license (via our webshop or via a reseller) the user receives an registration code by email.

The software can be downloaded from the website. This is a free 30 days trial version: you can use your registration code to remove the 30 days time-protection. Manuals can be downloaded from the website as well (as PDF files). Also see the Tutorial video's.

 

 

The three DeskProto Editions compared.

The Comparison table shows a functionality overview.

The DeskProto software is available in three different editions: In order to decide which edition will suit your needs you can use the Comparison Table shown below.
Or you can of course use it to compare DeskProto with other CAM programs.

 

DeskProto Edition Comparison Table

  Entry
edition:
Expert
edition:
Multi-Axis
edition:
File import:
3D file import (stl, dxf, vrml) tick icon tick icon tick icon
2D file import (dxf, eps, ai) tick icon tick icon tick icon
Bitmap file import (jpg, gif, bmp) tick icon tick icon tick icon
2D/3D, number of axes:
Three axis 3D machining tick icon tick icon tick icon
Basic 2D machining tick icon tick icon tick icon
4th axis support: Rotary machining     tick icon
4th axis support: indexed machining     tick icon
5th axis support: indexed machining     tick icon
Strategies:
Roughing options tick icon tick icon tick icon
Parallel to X-axis tick icon tick icon tick icon
Crosswise, Block, Waterlines, Outer contour   tick icon tick icon
Parallel at custom angle, circular, spiral   tick icon tick icon
Automatic speed reduction for high chiploads   tick icon tick icon
Meander / climb / conventional   tick icon tick icon
project 2D contour on 3D geometry   tick icon tick icon
User interface:
Both Wizard and non-wizard interface tick icon tick icon tick icon
User-configurable postprocessor tick icon tick icon tick icon
Easy tree navigation with light bulb icons tick icon tick icon tick icon
Show undercuts (downward faces) tick icon tick icon tick icon
Script wizards   tick icon tick icon
123waxring Wizard     tick icon
Partial machining:
Build a model in separate slices (segments)   tick icon tick icon
Machine a limited area only (Operation segm.)   tick icon tick icon
Freeform segments   tick icon tick icon
Nested freeform segments   tick icon tick icon
Skip ambient area and/or borders   tick icon tick icon
Other features:
64 bits version (for very large STL files) tick icon tick icon tick icon
3D simulation (part preview rendering) tick icon tick icon tick icon
Send toolpaths directly to (Roland) machine tick icon tick icon tick icon
Bitmap-to-Relief conversion tick icon tick icon tick icon
project bitmap relief on 3D geometry   tick icon tick icon
Inverse milling (male to female conversion)   tick icon tick icon
Support blocks (for two-sided milling)   tick icon tick icon
Translation options (set the WP zero point)   tick icon tick icon
Collet collision check   tick icon tick icon
  Entry
edition:
Expert
edition:
Multi-Axis
edition:
  € 145.00 € 595.00 € 995.00
 

 

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