Mastercam Celebrates 35th Anniversary

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the founding of CNC Software, the company behind Mastercam CAD/CAM software.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of CNC Software (Tolland, Connecticut), developers of Mastercam CAD/CAM software. In 1983, brothers Mark, Jack and Brian Summers developed a PC-based CAD/CAM software package that laid the foundation for what would be Mastercam.

“It started out as a simple idea,” says Chairman Mark Summers. “I was a machinist. My brother was a mathematician. We combined our experience to put what was out of reach for most shops—NC programming software—right onto their desktops.”

They first called the software program “Meghan,” after Mark Summers’ eldest daughter, and then changed it to “Mastercam” as a clearer descriptive of the software’s primary function. Today, Meghan is the CEO.

In the 35 years since its founding, the company has supported technologies including “smart” tool paths, hybrid machining, mill-turn, multi-axis and Dynamic Motion technology, as well as basic packages for milling, turning and wire EDM.

The company says that this wouldn’t be possible without the feedback from the industry and user base. “Mastercam users help drive our innovation,” says CEO Meghan West. “We’re in constant contact with shops, machine tool builders, educators, tooling suppliers, and they all help us focus on what shops need the most now and in the future, so we can deliver.”

“One of the biggest reasons for our success is our global dealer network,” she says. “They are true partners with our customers, offering advice, training and applications experience to Mastercam users around the world.

In addition to manufacturers, the company focuses on selling and supporting the software in the education sector. “Helping to train the next generation of skilled manufacturing personnel is an important mission of ours,” says Ms. West.