Mastercam is pleased to announce the latest development in their commitment to the technical education community. The Mastercam Educators Alliance (MEA) is an organization designed to bring together the community of educators that teach and use Mastercam and provide a platform—a private MEA Facebook group—for sharing valuable information. Within the first several weeks of launching the MEA, the group has already surpassed 500 members.
Members of the Mastercam Educators Alliance are invited to join the private MEA Facebook group. This group is a place for educators to interact with other instructors and the Mastercam educational community. Additionally, Mastercam provides access to subject matter experts and content that is tailored to the needs of the MEA members. For those that do not use Facebook, a newsletter has also been created to keep MEA members informed of the content.
Peter Mancini, Education Product Manager, CNC Software states, “We have a very large and loyal group of Educators around the world that are teaching with Mastercam. These educators are responsible for introducing the next generation to manufacturing and teaching the skills necessary to keep the manufacturing industry strong. We wanted to create a community where they could get together to share ideas and useful information like curriculum, projects, support, and more. We launched the MEA in July, and we have been overwhelmed by the great response. We have a nice balance of secondary and post-secondary educators, and we have members from thirteen different countries. The MEA community has been very active, and we are excited about how it will grow and evolve.”
Regarding the MEA, Jason Hill, Educator at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina shared, “The MEA has engaged my students and I with the videos and content on this page. I think this is the best Mastercam page yet, and I am excited to see where it leads. I believe, as instructors, we should embrace the knowledge and help that this page is providing. I know there are a lot of followers of this page, but we as instructors need to be asking more questions and posting more projects that we are using Mastercam to create. Mastercam has been my rock in machining for 13 years—and it is not a company—it’s a family. So, keep posting, keep asking questions. The answers and help are right there on the MEA page.”
Regarding this opportunity, David Mitchell, Director of Products and Services at In-House Solutions shared, “We have been producing training materials for both the Industrial and Educational markets for over 20 years. We are very excited to be contributing some new content on the Mastercam University platform. This site allows us to present our material in an easy to follow and interactive way. We are looking forward to creating some exciting new content in the future.”
Mastercam University provides online, video-based training for computer-aided design and manufacturing. Using this platform, people can sharpen their skills on their own schedule with easy-to-use, real-world training applications. Courses are available for purchase from Mastercam Resellers and cover all levels of Mastercam skills, from basic to advanced.
A Lathe Training Tutorial, a Mill Advanced Training Tutorial, and a Multiaxis Essentials Training Tutorial, all designed by In-House Solutions, will be made available on Mastercam University as well.
Russ Bukowski, Chief Experience Officer CNC Software has stated, “We are very excited to partner with In-House Solutions to provide additional training offerings on the Mastercam University platform. In-House is a strong Mastercam partner and training provider and we are glad to be able to extend the reach of their content to our international customer base.”
About CNC Software
Founded in 1983, CNC Software, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Tolland, Connecticut, with corporate offices in Switzerland and China. The company develops Mastercam, a suite of CAD/CAM software created to reduce production time and expense with efficient machining strategies and advanced toolpath technologies like Accelerated Finishing™ and Dynamic Motion™. Mastercam is the world’s #1 CAM software, with more than 274,000 installations in industries such as moldmaking, automotive, medical, aerospace, consumer products, education, and prototyping. It is distributed through an international channel of authorized Mastercam Resellers in 75 countries, providing localized sales, training, and support for 2- through 5-axis routing, milling, and turning; 2- and 4-axis wire EDM; 2D and 3D design; surface and solid modeling; artistic relief cutting; and Swiss machining.