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April 22, 2024 | Tom Ballard

IACMI announces partnership with Mastercam

The new partner offers the world's most widely used computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software.

The Knoxville-based Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) has a new partner for its America’s Cutting Edge (ACE) workforce development program. That partner is Mastercam that has the world’s most widely used computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software.

Prior to the announcement, there was only one other CAM software ACE provided for its online computer-numerical control (CNC) machining course that is targeted at revitalizing the United States machining industry through online and in-person training.

ACE connects top national experts with students and incumbent industrial workers from diverse backgrounds, levels of education, and work experience to build interest in all facets of machining, including software development, metrology, design, operation, and entrepreneurship. To date, ACE has delivered online courses to more than 9,000 students from all 50 states and in-person bootcamp style training to more than 1,200 students, all at no cost to participants.

“I am thrilled to add Mastercam as an ACE partner,” said Dr. Tony Schmitz, ACE Curriculum Developer. “As we expand our reach, we want to provide opportunities for our participants to choose their computer-aided manufacturing software to match their current and future needs. This partnership makes our program more accessible to students as Mastercam is the most widely used CAM software.”

When registering for the CNC machining course, participants will choose their preferred CAD/CAM program. They may also choose to complete both pathways online. Schmitz believes this will lead more prospective or current machining professionals to become ACE certified.

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