New Partnership with CNC Software, Inc. / Mastercam

The SME Education Foundation announces a new partnership with CNC Software, Inc./Mastercam to provide design and machining software to PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) schools and the Gateway Academy, a STEM-based summer camp.

DEARBORN, Mich., GIG HARBOR, Wash., September 11, 2012 -In a new partnership with the SME Education Foundation, CNC Software, Inc., the producer of Mastercam, joins a coalition of organizations across the country supporting PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education). The PRIME program creates strong partnerships between organizations, businesses, and exemplary schools to provide a more comprehensive, community-based approach to manufacturing education.

PRIME builds on a five-year, $5.2 million investment in SME Education Foundation's STEM-based workforce development program to inspire, support, and prepare the next generation of engineers and technologists.

Launched in 2011, six PRIME schools in six states were selected based on having an exemplary manufacturing curriculum, skilled and dedicated instructors, engaged and active students, strong corporate or administrative support from the manufacturing community, and member involvement from local SME chapters.

The original six schools, now entering a second year with PRIME, include: Wheeling High School, Chicago, Ill.; Kettering Fairmont High School, Kettering, Ohio; Walker Career Center, Indianapolis, Ind.; Summit Technology Academy, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Hawthorne High School, Hawthorne, Calif.; and Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City, Okla.

New schools for the 2012-2013 year are: Bradley Tech High School, Milwaukee, Wis.; Calera High School, Calera, Ala.; Esperanza High School, Anaheim, Calif.; Petaluma High School, Petaluma, Calif.; Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls, Iowa; McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology, Indianapolis, Ind.; Westfield Vocational Technical High School, Westfield, Mass.; Jackson Area Career Center, Jackson, Mich.; and Centerville High School, Dayton, Ohio.

Community college partners include: El Camino Community College., Los Angeles, Calif.; Hawkeye Community College., Waterloo, Iowa; Nunez Community College, New Orleans, La; Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio; and Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City, Okla.

The rationale for the PRIME community-based approach is reinforced in a Brookings Institution Report (May 12, 2012). "There are all sorts of ripple effects and mutual benefits that only cities, with their density and diversity, can supply. As one industry feeds another, productivity improves, entrepreneurship is encouraged and employment and wages increase in the region. Small and medium-sized manufacturing firms need a steady supply of skilled workers that can be supplied by local community colleges and even specialty high schools that reinvent vocational education for a new century."

SME Education Foundation funding provides each school with equipment upgrades, software, professional development, the tools to participate in an after-school technology competition tied to organizations such as SkillsUSA and/or FIRST Robotics, scholarship opportunities for students, as well as funding and guidance to host the Gateway Academy, a STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) summer day camp for middle school students.

The new CNC Software Inc., Mastercam Award will provide design and machining software to the new PRIME schools designated in 2012-2013 academic year, as well as the original six PRIME schools. In addition, CNC Software, Inc. is providing tuition-free training to instructors at PRIME schools instructors.

"Our goals have paralleled the goals of the SME Education Foundation for the last 25 years; promoting manufacturing careers and supporting instructors and students. Our products inspire and motivate students. We are very excited to participate in this partnership with the SME Education Foundation," says Iven May, from the CNC Software Educational Division.

"Students think and live in a digital world," says Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation. "We are grateful to CNC Software for helping us to attract and inspire more young people to technical careers. Students all need to discover making things. And we ourselves need to rediscover making things to spur innovation, raise wages, drive exports and lower our trade deficit."

CNC Software, Inc. Awards: Over $17,000 in products and services per PRIME school

Software Award
PRIME schools will receive new seats or updates to existing seats of the Mastercam Educational Suite, QuickPart Lab Licenses; Mastercam Art; Instructor Copies; and Mastercam Demo/Home Learning Edition software for students' home computers.

Using the Mastercam software, students can design a physical object, create the numeric code, and then feed that code into a computer numerical control (CNC) machine to cut the part.

Students will start by using Mastercam QuickPart, an instant success module, that will allow them to design and machine parts soon after being introduced to the software. This step-by-step process will help students to learn the terminology and flow of the CAD/CAM/CNC manufacturing process by actually doing it.

After this introduction to the software, students will move to the full-blown Mastercam Educational Suite, a package that includes industrial-level machining solutions for Mill, Lathe, Wire, and Router. This is the same software used by companies to create vastly diverse products ranging from tiny medical implants to aircraft.

The addition of Mastercam Art allows students to instantly create 3D surfaces from 2D geometry. Students will be able to quickly make items such as school and band logos, signs, jewelry and much more. Learning to create 3D surfaces is exciting and tends to draw and keep more students into manufacturing.

Curriculum Award
Great software is of little use without great training materials. With this in mind, CNC Software is also donating two years of the new Mastercam University High School Curriculum Suite online training platform. This curriculum package includes instruction on Mastercam, CNC setup and programming, as well as integrated STEM instruction in shop math, measurement, material properties and much more. Students who complete the curriculum and pass the included testing can earn two certifications.

Training Award
Instructors at PRIME schools are invited to attend CNC Software's annual Summer Teacher Training classes free of charge. This instructor-focused training not only provides instruction in Mastercam but also teaches them approaches to teaching Mastercam to their students.


About CNC Software, Inc. - Mastercam: Founded in 1983, CNC Software, Inc. is one of the foundational innovators in the PC-based CAD/CAM industry dedicated to providing state-of-the-art software tools for CAD/CAM manufacturing markets. CNC Software was one of the first to introduce CAD/CAM software for both the machinist and the engineer. Today, there are more than 165,000 installations in 75 countries in industries including mold-making, prototyping, automotive, medical, aerospace, and consumer products. With corporate offices in Tolland, Conn. and an education division in Gig Harbor, Wash., CNC Software has been dedicated to students and instructors for over 25 years. Their educational division has supported instructors and students through training, technical support, workshops, and shows, as well as being involved in the production of motivational curriculum. For more information about CNC Software, Inc. and its dedication to education, contact the educational division at (800) ASK-MCAM or (253) 858-6677 or 5717 Wollochet Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA, 98335. Or visit

About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists for the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $31 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit Also visit  for information on advanced manufacturing careers and, our award-winning Web site for young people.   

Media Contact: Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation, (313) 425-3302,; Kristen Dodd, CNC Software, Inc. - Mastercam, (253) 858-6677-Ext 226,


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