News of Note: July 2019
New options for training young folks, NTMA offers blockchain services, a new partnership promoting additive manufacturing in aerospace work, and other industry news.
Vocademy’s Maker Skills Academy.
Vocademy’s Maker Skills Academy (MSA) is a hands-on skills program that covers vocational, career and soft skills training. The six-month program is open to anyone 16 and older with no prerequisites, transcripts or GPA requirements. The first 10-student MSA team starts July 2019, and enrollment is currently open.
The academy states that this program is ideal for students seeking an alternative to college, a learning program to explore maker skills, an effective pre-engineering program before entering university or a set of job skills that will “make their STEM or maker careers future-proof.” Read more.
Here is some more industry news of note:
- NTMA Partners with Blockchain Supply Chain Firm SyncFab – SyncFab uses blockchain “smart contracts” and data-driven methods to optimize the external supply chain available to OEM buyers. Read more.
- Mitsubishi Offers CNC Total Care Package for Maintenance Needs – The Total Care Package provides maintenance by combining three existing services: CloudCNC backup, machine tuning and preventive maintenance. Read more.
- Oerlikon AM and MT Aerospace Partner to Accelerate Use of Additive Manufacturing – The partnership is intended to expand the use of additive manufacturing in aerospace applications. Read more.
While the mistakes listed here will not sound an alarm or cause a program to fail, they will cause confusion, wasted time and scrap parts.
This perspective for a good programmer is a practical one, since the CNC operator must understand the machine's basic components, its directions of motion, and all buttons and switches available on the machine tool itself.
For the most part, CNC controls will follow the instructions given in a program to the letter. With the exception of basic syntax (program formatting) mistakes, the CNC control will rarely be able to tell if a mistake has been made.