CAD Drafting/Design

Students are a (Plasma) Cut Above with CAD/CAM

The students in Dale Sunderman’s shop classes at Oregon’s Stayton High School are so busy cutting, pressing, milling and welding unique projects they wish there were more hours in a school day. The courses begin with Manufacturing 1 and include the basics in shop safety, sheet metal work, drill press, lathe and mill operations and automated manufacturing. Here, the students get their feet wet in CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Machining) operations. After a basic fabrication class, students enter Advanced Manufacturing, where they hone their skills in MIG and TIG welding, as well as industry-oriented CNC programming and machining. “It is at this level and in the Independent Studies Manufacturing course,” says Sunderman, “that the more eager students really begin to stand out. Their projects even capture the interest of the surrounding community.”
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Mastercam University Prepares Machine Shop Teacher to Stay Ahead of Computer-Savvy Students

When Gene Hickey began teaching the art of machining in 1977, computer-aided manufacturing wasn’t a part of the curriculum. The Atari 2600 video gaming system was introduced that same year and, at $265 was a luxury for most households.  When Hickey decided to return to the classroom in 2006 – after a 15-year hiatus – he entered an environment where his students were computer-literate, having grown up using gaming systems that had gone mainstream with graphics that rivaled those in animated films.

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Meghan Summers West to Focus on Manufacturing Education in HTEC 2015 Keynote Address

CNC Software's newly appointed president, Meghan Summers West, will be heading to California Polytechnic State University July 27-30, to deliver a keynote address focused on manufacturing. During her presentation at the 2015 National HTEC Conference, West will focus on the need to "Acquaint, Convince and Excite (ACE) the Next Generation of Manufacturing."

"The need for manufacturing jobs over the next few years will be high," West said, "but formal programs that combine on-the-job learning with classroom education is dropping. This creates an obvious skills gap that needs to be addressed."


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Student and Teacher Create Business Around 3D Printing

Mark Holstrom was driving trucks for a living and contemplating a change of career path more than six years ago. During an off hour, Holstrom said he caught an episode of Conan O’Brien in which the host was showing a digital face made from a three-dimensional printer.The Bossier City man’s interest was piqued, but at the time he didn’t know just how much digital art would impact his future. A few years later, Holstrom was enrolled at Bossier Parish Community College studying graphics engineering when he met his future business partner, Mark Hopper. Hopper was a teacher at BPCC and both shared an interest in the school’s 3D printer. “I did a couple of projects at BPCC, and from there Matt and I decided we needed to start this company because it’s growing and it’s not going to go away,” Holstrom said.

CAD/CAM "Rocks" at Macomb Community College

When Gary Walters, Professor of Applied Technology at Macomb Community College, rocks out on his beautiful electric guitar, he has the satisfaction of knowing it is one of many created by his talented students. Walters is part of the Applied Technology & Apprenticeship department and runs the advanced manufacturing program, known as ATAP (Applied Technology Advanced Processes). “I developed this program in 2004,” says Walters, “after meeting Bob Skodzinsky from Haas who said if we updated our curriculum, Haas would provide the CNC machines. We became a Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) and never looked back. This put us on the map with regard to hiring interest from manufacturing companies in the region.” Macomb offers fourteen courses related to CNC, including basic G and M code programming, machine setup and operation, and Computer Assisted Machining (CAM) programming. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, as well as two coveted certificates, CNC Machinist (entry-level operator), and CAM Technologist (entry-level programmer). Their 4,000-square-foot shop area contains manual mills, lathes and surface grinders for teaching the basics, in addition to five Haas CNC machining centers, three Haas CNC turning centers, two EDM machines, two 3D rapid prototyping printers (Fused Deposition Modeling), an Epilog laser engraver, a Zoller offline tool pre-setter, and a hand-held scanner for reverse engineering. “In addition to the machines we own,” says Walters, “Haas entrusts machines to us, currently a machining center and a live tooling turning center.”


U.S. Cyber Defense Workforce and Training - A Rand Report

Cyber warfare remains a growing threat to the computer networks of the U.S. military, as well as to government infrastructure and businesses. Accordingly, cyber defense spending is projected to grow to $4.7 billion under the 2014 federal budget. To make sure the U.S. Department of Defense has sufficient numbers of skilled cyber workers, the department may need to develop additional training approaches at the same time it plans for broader recruiting and workforce management.

Corona High School - Best Practices in STEM Education

Eric Lee has been teaching Design Manufacturing Technology to his students at Corona High School for over twenty years. With a background in plastics and metalworking, he incorporated his passion for creativity into the curriculum and developed a program that has encouraged and delighted students from inquisitive freshmen to career-bent seniors. When he began at Corona, the technology course was only a few years old and depended on one CNC lathe and one CNC mill running off antiquated DOS software to bring students’ projects from design to manufacture.


Scholarships of up to $25,000 to Students Excelling in "STEM" Subjects

TheAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation (AIAA Foundation) has been selected to administer the Iridium NEXT Scholarship Fund, which will award scholarships of up to $25,000, out of a pool initially funded at $250,000, to students who have demonstrated high standards of academic excellence in the "STEM" fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Educators to work with NASA

A technology applications teacher at Raul Yzaguirre School for Success in Houston, Texas and a recent EducationWorld Teacher of the Day, Tom R.Chambers will join educators from across the country this summer as they work with NASA to design educational resources.

National High School Cyber Defense Competition

The Air Force Association announced today that CyberPatriot IV, the National High School Cyber Defense Competition, now has more than 500 teams registered to compete! With 46 states, Puerto Rico and U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in England, Germany, Japan and Korea already represented, educators are seizing this great opportunity to bolster STEM education in their communities. Only Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wyoming have yet to join the national challenge.

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