FASTech Inc. Helps Local High School Machining Center

Established in 1988, FASTech Inc. provides sales and service support in the manufacturing market throughout Ohio and Eastern Kentucky. The mission at FASTech is to help customers achieve their goals by providing outstanding support and knowledge of the latest machining strategies. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 Mastercam Resellers, the company’s sales and training personnel are among the most experienced in the manufacturing field including Kevin Richardson, Sales Manager and Technical Expert.

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Troy Spear and Jeff Bee are co-instructors in the Computer Aided Design and Engineering Technologies (CADET) program located at Kent Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio. CADET is one of 26 College Tech Prep Initiatives that students can select under Ohio’s Six District Educational Compact. The Compact works collaboratively to share services among six school districts including Kent, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge, and Woodridge.

CADET’s Machining Center Lab is equipped with routers, lathes, milling machines and a water jet machine. The lab also requires several seats of CAD/CAM software and a large screen on which students can interactively learn CAD/CAM lessons. When it became clear to Spear that his previous CAM software provider couldn’t provide the support he needed, Spear reached out to FASTech.

“We were actually using another CAM software with most of our lathes and machines, except for our new Haas ST10 machine, which used Mastercam Mill-Turn,” said Spear.

Richardson sat down with Spear and showed him Mastercam Mill-Turn. Then, he showed both CADET instructors Mastercam Lathe and demonstrated the simple dragging feature in Mastercam’s Model Prep function which is found in both Mill-Turn and Lathe. Model Prep allows the programmer to create a solid model within the CAM software and manipulate it as needed to add or remove holds, adjust dimensions or diameters, etc.

Instructor showing CADET student Mastercam

“We were really impressed with the simplicity of the process,” Spear said. “At that point, we were all in.”

For day-to-day CNC programming, CADET teaches with Mastercam, “As powerful as Mastercam is, we find it ideal for CAD/CAM education,” Spear said. “It has everything we need to help us prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges.”

While training, occasionally the students will do something on the software and the instructors don’t know how they did it. “We come up with some quirky and outlandish questions,” said Bee “So we need someone to help us. It’s great having a partner who realizes the importance of ‘teaching the teachers’ so that we’re confident when we are questioned by the students.”

Bee said he appreciates the attention and support CADET gets from FASTech. “These guys take control of the computer, and we figure things out together on speaker phone! It’s wonderful to have somebody on the other end.”

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