Our CAD/CAM software solutions are bundled and priced at deep discounts for schools to incorporate the world’s leading CAM software into their curricula—with all the functionality of the industrial versions of these products included in the Mastercam Educational Suite.
Teachers appreciate the flexibility to teach everything from introductory lessons all the way to advanced CAM applications. Whether you want to briefly expose students to computer-aided design and manufacturing, enhance STEM education programs, or prepare students for careers in manufacturing with hands-on instruction, you can do it all with this software.
Mastercam Educational Suite includes:
- Mill, Lathe, Wire, Router, Design, Art, ProDrill, and Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS®
- Standard library of 2-, 3-, and 4-axis post processors.
- Support and resources for the education community.
Mastercam skills prepare students for rewarding careers as makers and innovators Shaping the Future of Manufacturing™.
Mastercam is the most widely used CAM software in the world.* This makes our educational solutions a valuable addition to the curriculum of any technical education program. If you want to prepare your students for successful careers in manufacturing, get them started with Mastercam in the classroom.
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- Largest network of support
- Curriculum for all levels
Learn how the Mastercam Educational Suite can help you prepare your students for rewarding futures in technology and manufacturing.
Quick Part Series
Teach Mastercam with project-based learning curriculum designed to take students through the CAD/CAM/CNC process from the project start to a finished part using a streamlined Quick Part Interface. Each tutorial includes instructor and student guides and an introductory video.
Give the world’s #1 CAM software a test drive. Download Mastercam Demo/Home Learning Edition at no cost. Students and educators can use Demo/HLE to learn Mastercam and get familiar with the latest advances in CAD/CAM – every step of the way up to actually machining a part!
Prepare your students for real-world opportunities in manufacturing with the most widely used CAM software—in both education and industry—as part of your school’s curriculum.
Some educational departments that benefit from teaching Mastercam include career technical education, precision machining, advanced manufacturing, engineering and technology, machine technology, manufacturing technology, computer-integrated machining, and CAD/CAM technology.
Take advantage of innovative profile tools and processes aimed at greater efficiency and higher machining productivity.
Reduce costs and cut programming time with advanced toolpaths like Deburr and Equal Scallop.
See the table below for minimum and recommended system configurations for Mastercam. These recommendations are based on systems we have in use at CNC Software for testing and evaluation purposes. Our recommendation is to get as much power (processor, video card, and memory) for your systems as you can afford.
|OS||Windows 10 or Windows 11 64-bit Professional||Windows 10 (version 20H2 or later) 64-bit Professional|
|Processor||Intel® or AMD 64-bit processor, 2.4 GHz or faster||Intel i7 or Xeon® E3, Kaby Lake or later, 3.2GHz or faster|
|Memory||8 GB||32 GB|
|Video||OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL 1.2 support with 1 GB memory. No onboard graphics.||NVIDIA Quadro® or AMD FirePro™ / Radeon Pro card with 4 GB (or higher) dedicated memory.|
|Monitor||1920 * 1080 resolution||1920 * 1080 resolution, dual monitors|
|Storage||Solid State Drive (SSD) with at least 20 GB free and a USB 2.0 reader (for installation media)||NVMe Drive with at least 20GB free|
|3D Mouse||3Dconnexion 3D mouse|
Connection to Internet and email is recommended for installation, support, and updates.
CNC Software continues to review the operating system (OS) requirements for Mastercam with a goal of providing the best possible user experience for our customers.
We recommend using Windows 10 (version 20H2 or later) or later 64-bit Professional editions. While Mastercam may run on other Windows editions (such as Home Edition) or virtual environments (such as Parallels for Mac), it has not been tested on these configurations and is therefore not supported.
Mastercam 2021 was the last release to officially support Windows 7 as Microsoft ended extended support for the OS in January 2020. Mastercam 2022 will install on Windows 7 systems but will not be supported. Future versions of Mastercam will not install on Windows 7.
The processor speed will impact how fast the software will calculate and complete tasks. With each release, more and more aspects of Mastercam are becoming multi-core processor aware. Toolpath calculation and Simulation will generally run faster with a multi-core processor. We typically see a 50% reduction in toolpath calculation time with the latest Intel i7 or Xeon processors.
When Mastercam uses all available RAM, it switches to using virtual memory space, which is stored on the hard drive and will dramatically slow the system down. We recommend a minimum of 8 GB of memory. For large toolpath generation and simulation, we recommend 32GB of RAM.
When purchasing a new computer for Mastercam, one of the most important component is the video card.
We recommend an NVIDIA Quadro® or AMD FirePro™ / Radeon Pro card with 4GB or more of memory. Other graphics cards can be used, but they must offer full OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL 1.2 support. OpenCL is required for Mastercam to be able to hand off certain computation tasks to the graphics card to increase system performance.
We do not recommend or support the use of onboard graphics found with some PC configurations. These do not generally have the capability to drive graphics intensive applications such as Mastercam and can lead to system instability.
Make sure you are using up-to-date drivers from your card manufacturer. We often see issues that are resolved with updated video drivers. The driver version can have a great impact on how the card performs.
The latest drivers for NVIDIA and AMD can be found at the online links. We recommend using the automatic detect feature to detect which video card is installed. More information on configuring the graphics card can be found at this Mastercam knowledge base article.
Most of our internal systems utilize dual monitors and we find this to be a more productive setup. Mastercam displays on the primary monitor while applications such as Mastercam Simulator, Code Expert, or Tool Manager display on the secondary monitor.
The minimum recommended resolution for the primary display is 1920 * 1080 resolution typical of widescreen monitors available today. Mastercam will run on lower resolution screens but beware of potential sizing issues with larger dialog boxes and panels which may be awkward to work with. Lower resolution monitors may work fine as a second monitor in a dual screen setup.
Mastercam will run on large format displays, including 4K monitors and high-DPI devices however, we do experience some display issues with these configurations.
We have found that one of the best computer upgrades is to invest in a NVMe drive. These drives are now priced at a point which makes them a good investment. Many of our test systems employ a smaller primary NVMe drive for the OS and installed applications with a second large capacity conventional drive for data.
A 3D mouse improves the way you interact with your 3D application. It is designed to be used by your non-dominant hand in tandem with a standard mouse for a balanced and cooperative work style. You gently manipulate the 3D mouse’s controller cap to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate 3D content while your standard mouse is free to select menu items or parts of the model. Additional technical and purchase information can be found on the 3Dconnexion website.
Most computers today have some kind of anti-virus software to protect from unwanted malware. In some cases, these have been found to interfere with applications such as Mastercam which are running on the computer. CNC Software does not recommend specific anti-virus products, but if you see unexpected issues, it may be a conflict with anti-virus software. Try temporarily disabling the anti-virus software or setting an exception for Mastercam.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I learn CAD for free?
If you want to learn CAD for free, you may find training opportunities through local community programs and various online platforms. Mastercam University is a great place to get started, but you should eventually seek hands-on training using CNC equipment. This may be accomplished through on-the-job training or at an educational institution like a technical or community college.
Is Mastercam free for students?
Mastercam Educational Suite is not free, but it is a cost-effective option for educational institutions to teach students to use the CAD/CAM software they are most likely to encounter when they enter the workforce. Mastercam Demo/HLE is a free download available to anyone interested in learning the software, and courses on Mastercam University are also available to help students get started. The Learning Edition enables practice using Mastercam for free, so you can design parts and apply cutting strategies, but it will not produce G-code.
How can I get free Mastercam?
Mastercam Demo/HLE is a free download available to anyone interested in learning the software, and courses on Mastercam University are also available to help students get started. The Learning Edition enables practice using Mastercam for free, so you can design parts and apply cutting strategies, but it will not produce G-code.
Can you learn CAD/CAM online?
Yes, you can learn CAD/CAM online. Mastercam University is one option—but at some point, you will want to have hands-on training using CNC equipment to produce parts. You may also find online and in-person training opportunities hosted by your local Mastercam Reseller. Other options to learn CAD/CAM include online and in-person training from providers like Streamingteacher, camInstructor, and numerous technical and community colleges.
What is the best online CAD/CAM course?
The best online CAD/CAM course is going to vary based on your individual goals and needs. If you want to learn CAD/CAM for a specific job, choose a course that teaches the software that the potential employer uses. If you want to learn CAD/CAM for more universal employability, Mastercam is the most widely used CAM software in industry, so it may be best to choose an online CAD/CAM course that teaches Mastercam.