IMTS 2016 was one of the busiest in history, but that didn’t stop us from sitting down with Jim and Jason from the Making Chips podcast before hitting the show floor. Join CNC Software President Meghan West as we talk about the what’s new with Mastercam and where we see the industry going. And if you don’t already listen to Making Chips, you should give it a try. It’s an insightful look at all aspects facing today’s shops, brought to you by hosts who run a successful shop themselves.
As the hosts of the show say, “if you’re not making chips, you’re not making money”!
Last Friday was an important day for Mastercam, for manufacturing, and frankly, for the future of our country. Manufacturing Day was held at facilities all around the country, and CNC Software was proud to participate. This is our 5th straight year of hosting students, teachers, and interested individuals at our Corporate headquarters in Tolland, CT. We had over half a dozen schools participate and several additional drop ins. The day started for each student with a presentation in our training room about what manufacturing is. It is amazing to me how this industry has become somewhat of an underground career. Unless you are in a family that has a connection to manufacturing, it is a mysterious, unfamiliar sector, regardless of the opportunities it has to offer.
I walked away from the office that day feeling inspired and hopeful. I had gratitude for the teachers that cared enough to offer their students a glimpse into our world. I had respect for the students that asked questions and inquired about something unfamiliar. And I had pride for all of the people that work at CNC Software and took time out of their day to share their passion for manufacturing with the next generations. Not every day is a good one, but last Friday, that was a great one.
For example, Dynamic Milling covers milling strategies, avoidance and containment regions, milling parameters, and toolpath types, among many other topics. Getting Started with Mill-Turn covers not only Mill-Turn toolpaths, but also the Code Expert applications Sync Manager, Machine Simulation, and Editor.
Spanish versions of some tutorials will be available soon. Note that, to access any tutorial, you must have an active maintenance license and a Mastercam.com account that is linked to your Mastercam license.
The tutorials, which feature a PDF-format book and custom part files, include the following titles:
Last month, a couple of our staff had the pleasure of attending the Women in Manufacturing Summit in Nashville TN.
There were women from all aspects of manufacturing at the Summit - from people working hands on with tooling and robotics, to teachers in STEM programs, and lawyers for industries in manufacturing. Some big companies in attendance included: Amazon, UPS, Etsy, Coca-Cola, Trumpf, etc. It was great to hear a new perspective from a different group of women. Most of the women had the common detonator - how to be successful in a manufacturing industry which mainly consists of men, and the importance of women in leadership roles.
Marsha Blackburn, the U.S. Congressman for the Nashville district, kicked of speakers for the conference. She talked about how in TN there is a 46.7 billion manufacturing output and how the state of TN contributes to 2.6 trillion nationally in manufacturing.
Another speaker, Amy Elliot, a young research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, spoke about Additive Manufacturing. In her short career, this woman already has two patents, has been on two TVs shows and really is an inspiration for women trying to make it in the manufacturing field.
Her advice to anyone interested in additive manufacturing would be to buy a 3d printer kit on ebay, and if you can put that together then you can start your journey with additive manufacturing.
She was on a TV reality show called The Big Brain Theory in May 2013 which she placed second on the show. Here is the link to the trailer.
Wamwan Waichungo, VP of Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs at the Coca-Cola Company, talked about the small amount of women in STEM (26%) and wonders what causes this low number. Is it culture, role models, bias, or something else?
She also provided this staggering statistic:
It posed the question, why do so many women who study STEM end up in careers outside of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math? Is it because there aren’t enough positions for them? Is it because men are being hired over women in those roles? She believes the real answer is because a STEM degree gives anyone good fundamental skills. People who study STEM learn a skillset that can be applied across an entire business and in many professions!
The conference also featured roundtable discussions. What we found to be rather astonishing was how many women did have mentors, who were mentors and what roles those women play in their company. We found that most women had male mentors. No one at either of our tables had a mentor that was a woman in manufacturing.
WIM has developed their own Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing, which provides executive education and training to individuals in mid-to-high level management roles in manufacturing careers. They hosted a panel discussion of women who just completed the class.
The moderator, Kathleen Buse, spoke about the Importance of Leadership Development and of Women in Leadership roles. Forty-seven percent of the workforce in the U.S. consists of women. Twenty-nine percent of those are in manufacturing. She says persistence and self-confidence are traits needed to succeed in a male dominated field. And the Leadership Lab helps improve upon those skills.
One of the panelists spoke about the differences between how women and men are perceived when they speak up at work on a topic. But she also learned the importance of continuing to add value by voicing her opinion, and different approaches to force herself into conversations without coming across bossy. And another panelist actually left the class and asked for a promotion, and got it. They also talked about the importance of leadership and how to get men to work together.
Overall, the WiM Summit was a great experience to meet all of these wonderful women from our industry in a multitude of roles. It was amazing to see just how many kinds of manufacturing industries there are! And how many women are enthusiastic about this industry.
We love the workshops that they are doing to help empower women in a male dominated industry, and hopefully help them move forward in their careers. It’s exciting to know that the face of manufacturing is evolving!
Next year’s Summit is in Hartford, Connecticut. We hope to host a tour of our facility and be part of the planning committee for speakers and events.
Women in Manufacturing features student, professional, and corporate level memberships. You can sign up here.
Have you ever wondered how the people who design Mastercam decide which features need to be added or changed in the software? The answer is simple - by listening to you, our Mastercam customers!
Design & Construct: Next, we move on to designing and developing those improvements, often using a rapid prototyping process and gathering more feedback along the way.
Validate: As early as possible – well before releasing the software to the general public – we provide opportunities for customers to validate the new designs. This often includes hands-on testing to measure quality, ease-of-use, usefulness, and learnability. This critical feedback helps evaluate how well the new designs meet customer expectations.
If our customers are not satisfied with the design and implementation, we begin a new cycle by analyzing the feedback from the validation phase and refining the design. This iterative process continues until we are confident that the new features meet your standards.
Want to get more involved? Please visit ux.mastercam.com/signup and complete a short questionnaire. After we receive your information, you’ll be notified when it matches requirements for upcoming UX events and there’s an opportunity for your participation.
You can also reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here and we’re listening!
The next article in this series will use a case study of a recent project to explain the Analyze phase of the UX design cycle in more detail. Coming soon!
This month, Mastercam, along with many other companies and local machine shops in Massachusetts, sponsored Pathfinder Regional Vocational High School’s “Poker Run” in Palmer, Massachusetts.
The “Poker Run”, which was started nine years ago, is an event to raise money for new machine shop equipment. The day is filled with a Motorcycle Ride, great food, raffle prizes machined by students, and lively music. Due to rainy weather the Motorcycle ride was in low attendance. However we were able to talk with a few of our customers- B&R Machine, Detector Technologies and Knight Machine- who came out to support this great event.
We will be hosting quite a few Pathfinder students this Friday, October, 7th during our Manufacturing Day event!
We’re fresh off the best IMTS in recent history! With over 115,000 attendees and 2,400 exhibitors over the span of six days, IMTS had the third largest amount of registrations and the highest amount of exhibiting companies ever! We hope that you had the time to see the Mastercam footprint at the show, which truly made the #mastercameverywhere hashtag ring true.
We had presentations every half hour on Mastercam 2017, the latest and greatest from the best CAM software on the planet. There were also presentations from vertical market solution providers that complement your Mastercam investment, and allow you to achieve a complete manufacturing solution. We had representation from All of that means getting parts on and off the machine quicker and more efficiently, and with confidence.
Our presentations at the end of each day brought representatives from Adion Systems, Mastercam, Robotmaster, Verisurf, WireFreeCNC, and Zoller to demonstrate how to increase bottom-line profits and outperform the competition with integrated technologies. If you attended, you were stepped through an entire manufacturing process using advanced solutions for toolpathing, MES/ERP, tool management/presetting, robotics, metrology, and shop floor management.
Thursday was by far our biggest day at the show. Part of being at events like IMTS is to appreciate those that have helped make Mastercam the #1 CAM software in the industry, our customers. We develop our software through customer feedback and our public beta testing program, which allows us to truly follow the needs of the market. Thursday was a small thank you to the immense help that our Mastercam community provides to us. We had plenty of giveaways in the booth, had a special presentation from our President Meghan West on the future of manufacturing, and at night we had an appreciation event at the Hyatt that had over 150 people in attendance!
At that event, we gave away a seat of Mastercam Mill to those that completed our Scavenger Hunt at the show. Participants took photos and uploaded them to social media with #mastercameverywhere in our booths in the East and North Halls, and partner booths Haas Automation, ISCAR, Mazak, Okuma, Sandvik Coromant, SIEMENS, and Toyoda. They were then entered into the drawing, and we’re happy to say that Harley Holden from South Carolina went home with a seat of Mastercam! Congrats Harley!
Once again we’d like to thank you for taking the time to stop by the Mastercam booth at IMTS and if you weren’t able to stop at the show, be sure to go to www.mastercam.com and all of our partner websites listed above. And don’t forget to follow us! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Linkedin, and Google+.
Next stop towards a chance to win a free seat of Mastercam Mill, is the Okuma booth at IMTS. Stop by booth S-8500, take a selfie with the MU-5000V-L and tag Okuma and Mastercam on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #mastercameverywhere to enter!
Experience the latest in Okuma machine tool technology and learn how to increase profits for your shop.
Okuma will be showing:
Join us at 3:30pm each day of IMTS, we'll have a special presentation that highlights the benefits of Mastercam and our vertical solution partners. We'll take you through the full manufacturing process, with presentations from Adion Systems, Robotmaster, Verisurf, WireFreeCNC, Zoller, and Mastercam.
In addition to presenting at our booth, Robotmaster will be showcasing its specialized tools that make it easy to optimize applications that require CAD/CAM for robots including: trimming/cutting, 3D machining, deburring, polishing, welding, dispensing, grinding, painting and more; by creating optimized paths. These tools include one-click automatic programming that results in error-free robotic programs for both simple to complex paths.
Stop by their IMTS booth N-6322
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