CamInstructor Announces New Online CNC Training Courses
The bundle covers Mastercam, Solidworks, CNC programming and operation of Haas machine tools.
CamInstructor Inc. (Kitchener, Ontario) has announced new online CNC programming training courses of interest to manufacturers. The course offerings are designed for people brand new to CNC machine tool programming as well as for more experienced programmers who may need to get up to speed on the latest software release.
The new course bundle, CamInstructor Premium, includes comprehensive training in Mastercam CAD/CAM software, Solidworks CAD software, CNC programming and instruction on setting up and operating Haas CNC machines. In addition to the published lessons, there are also videos, quizzes to test comprehension at certain milestones and access to an instructor for ongoing assistance when questions arise. The student has the option to earn a certificate for certain courses. They also have access to all of the purchased materials for a full year and can download the documents for printing and saving for as long as desired.
“Our customers like so many things about acquiring CNC programming training online,” says CamInstructor’s Sheila Weidinger. “They enjoy learning at their own pace while they are relaxed and receptive. They don’t have to take on the expense or time to be away from the shop for intensive off-site training where information overload can easily happen.” She adds that customers often cite savings in training costs, sometimes as high as 80 percent.
In addition to the new CamInstructor Premium bundle, the company also offers a Mastercam Premium bundle and a Mastercam Standard bundle.
“We have several cases in which an employer purchases courses for his employees,” says Mrs. Weidinger. “In those instances, we offer a quantity discount. Some employers offer time for this training on the job site, while others compensate their employees to learn at home.” The Mastercam Home Learning Edition, she says, is purchased by the employer, who can monitor the employee’s progress through the coursework.
The additional rotary milling axis on these machines allows them to complete many types of complex parts in a single setup, but these machines have gained a reputation for being difficult to program. Today’s CAM software, however, eases the programming challenge significantly.
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Finally there is an alternative to ballnose endmills for finishing 3D parts. The combination of finishing tools shaped to provide more cutting surface and a CAM system with the ability to apply them on a five-axis machining center can dramatically reduce finishing cycle times while delivering better surface finishes.