Thursday, September 3, 2015

COMSOL Announces Keynotes for 2015 COMSOL Conference at Boston

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BURLINGTON, MA, USA, Sep 3, 2015 - COMSOL, the leading provider of multiphysics modeling and simulation software, is pleased to announce the featured customers who have been invited as keynote speakers for the 11th Annual COMSOL Conference, Boston’s leading event for multiphysics simulation and application design. The 2015 Boston keynotes include:
  • Rick Beyerle, senior research scientist in the Innovation and TechnologyGroup at GrafTech International
  • Dritan Celo, photonic integrated circuit (PIC) designer at Huawei Canada Research Centre
  • Stuart Brown, managing partner at Veryst Engineering 

KEYNOTE: A World of Multiphysics Applications in Carbon and Graphite 

At GrafTech, Rick Beyerle is responsible for the characterization and modeling of natural and synthetic graphite foils. He began his career doing simulations in the Microgravity Science Department at NASA Glenn Research Center, where he modeled the effect of orbital thermal loads on space hardware. Beyerle also designed microprocessor test equipment and telecommunications devices. He holds several patents for controlling the temperature of a microprocessor during testing and recently presented the paper “Development of Heat Transfer Tools for Sizing Flexible Graphite Spreaders in Mobile Applications" at the ASME InterPACK Conference.

KEYNOTE: Heat Transfer Model of Ultraconnect Optical Switches on Silicon Photonics Technology

The current research interests of Dritan Celo include silicon PICs, optical components, optical switches, optoelectronic packaging, electro-optic modulators, and 100 Gbps optical links. Celo has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications. In 2009, he joined the Communications Research Center in Ottawa where he developed photonic and RF-photonic components on Silica-on-Silicon and SOI technologies. Previously, he received his Ph.D. at Carleton University and worked at the National Research Council (NRC) in Canada, where he developed silicon nitride PIC components for sensing applications.

KEYNOTE: Forensic Engineering: Multiphysics Simulation Unravels Elevator Brake Failure.

Stuart Brown’s background includes mechanical engineering and materials science. He has experience with a wide variety of materials encompassing metals, polymers, composites, and ceramics. Prior to founding engineering consulting firm Veryst Engineering, Brown was director of the Boston Office of Exponent, Inc. Before Exponent, Brown was on the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

2015 COMSOL Conference

The 2015 COMSOL Conference world tour begins on October 7th in Boston. The event focuses on advancing cross-discipline and multiphysics simulation and application design through a multitude of hands-on sessions, networking opportunities, keynote talks from industry leaders, and over 700 user presentations. The Conference brings together more than 2,000 engineers, researchers, and scientists worldwide throughout nine locations, providing them with the chance to showcase their work, share innovative technologies and best practices, as well as the opportunity to interact with the developers of the COMSOL Multiphysics software.

The 2015 conference will feature presentations on simulation apps using the Application Builder and the COMSOL Server license. Other highlights include:
  • Over 30 application-specific minicourses taught by COMSOL specialists covering a wide array of disciplines
  • Keynote talks from industry leaders and prominent researchers
  • User-contributed paper and poster presentations
  • The introduction of the newest simulation tools and technologies
  • An exhibition showcasing products offered by COMSOL Partners
  • The chance to interact with peers and explore the simulation work of fellow engineers
The Boston COMSOL Conference 2015 will be held October 7-9, 2015 at the Boston Marriott Newton, Newton, MA, USA. For more details and to register to attend, visit: www.comsol.com/conference2015/boston.

To explore the contributions to the 2014 COMSOL Conference,  click here.

About COMSOL

COMSOL provides simulation software for product design and research to technical enterprises, research labs, and universities through 22 offices and a distributor network throughout the world. Its flagship product, COMSOL Multiphysics®, is a software environment for modeling and simulating any physics-based system and for building applications. A particular strength is its ability to account for coupled or multiphysics phenomena. Add-on products expand the simulation platform for electrical, mechanical, fluid flow, and chemical applications. Interfacing tools enable the integration of COMSOL Multiphysics simulation with all major technical computing and CAD tools on the CAE market. For more information, visit www.comsol.com/

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Delcam to Launch ArtCAM JewelSmith 2015 R2 at IJL

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BIRMINGHAM, UK, Sep 2, 2015 -  Delcam will launch the 2015 R2 version of its ArtCAM JewelSmith CADCAM software for the design and manufacture of all types of jewellery at the International Jewellery London exhibition to be held at Olympia, London, from 6th to 8th September.



The new release, which can be used for the production of rings, broaches, cufflinks and other types of jewellery, includes improvements in both its design and machining options. Full details on the new software and the opportunity to download an evaluation version are on the website – www.artcam.com/jewelsmith

The most significant addition in this release of ArtCAM JewelSmith is the ability to create support structures for 3D Printing. Users can generate intelligent support structures, either manually or automatically, and can also add a tray for the printing of multiple items. 3D Printing offers jewellers an alternative route to machining for the production of highly complex models for lost-wax casting.

For jewellers creating original pieces, two options have been added to help users who design with vectors. Firstly, snap hints now appear to help in spotting hard-to-find snap points within vectors when creating designs. Secondly, the thickness of vectors can be changed, in either the 2D or 3D view, making it easier to visualise the design.

Accuracy will also be helped by the addition of rulers in the 3D view to make it easier to create precise artwork and to position the various elements of the piece.

The ability to overlap and intersect design elements has been enhanced with a new option to interactively blend reliefs. This allows relief clipart to be pulled up or pushed down in the Z axis to give a better blend with another 3D design.

The creation of complex designs by grouping relief layers together has also been made easier. For example, it is easier to combine the front and back of a miniature.

The range of modelling tools in ArtCAM JewelSmith that operate in real time has been extended to include the ability to create smooth domed shapes or domes with a centreline ridge, ideal for borders of engraved text. The weave tool and the two-rail ring sweep are also now updated live. The weave tool is important to jewellers who create Celtic weaves, while the two-rail ring sweep gives the ability to design rings more quickly.

The tools for assembly modelling have been improved making it easier and quicker to drag or rotate elements of the assembly into position. It has also been made simpler to undo any changes.

The main machining enhancement in the 2015 R2 release is significantly faster simulations thanks to a new algorithm that uses the specialist processor in modern graphics cards to calculate multiple operations simultaneously. This gives major speed benefits over standard multi-threading. In addition, two new options are available in the 3D offset strategy. Firstly, it is now possible to spiral from the outside in or from the centre outwards. The strategy can reduce tool wear and give better surface finish. Secondly, on-surface links can be used. This reduces the number of plunge and retract moves and so saves machining time.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

3D Systems Ships 3DMe Photobooth for Retail, Event Spaces

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ROCK HILL, SC, USA, Aug 29, 2015 - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the immediate availability of its new generation of 3DMe Photobooth, which brings the full 3DMe experience to retail spaces and events. Always a popular attraction at events around the country, this revamped version includes an attractive user interface and is fine-tuned for easier point-of-sale, revenue reporting, and user experience.


3DMe Photobooth uses 3D imaging technology to capture an instant, photo-realistic facial image. Users can put their face on seasonal and branded collections of customizable 3DMe figurines, including characters from “Ghostbusters” and “Walking Dead.” Utilizing Photobooth’s state-of-the-art technology, users can play animations of their personalized character, social share and order 3D-printed full color figurines-all within minutes from the Photobooth kiosk.

For owners, the latest version of 3DMe Photobooth adds upon the kiosk’s consumer popularity, integrating enhanced operating features that make it even easier to maintain and operate. A new point-of-sale (POS) system allows onsite purchasing with a credit card reader, and included revenue tracking systems help owners pinpoint trends. Even the shipping and packing of the unit are streamlined. In minutes, after unpacking the 3DMe Photobooth, vendors can be attracting customers and generating revenue.

In addition, the new 3DMe Photobooth’s skin can be customized for improved visibility and branding. 3DMe Photobooth’s content can also be refreshed based on brands and seasons, so vendors can provide the free content and styles that attract new and returning consumers.

“We’re excited for the new opportunities that 3DMe Photobooth brings to retail and event spaces for increased foot traffic, recurring revenue, and for the joy it brings users,” said Peter Theran, Vice President of Global Consumer Products, 3DS. “3DMe Photobooth is always hugely popular with consumers, and now it’s easier for owners, too. It’s a win for everyone.”

3DMe Photobooth will have 12 language options and is available through authorized 3D Systems resellers and distributors.

To watch a video of 3DMe Photobooth for retail and event activations click here. To learn more about 3DMe Photobooth and how to become a reseller, click click here.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions available today, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts. Its powerful ecosystem transforms entire industries by empowering professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life using its vast material selection, including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS’ leading personalized medicine capabilities save lives and include end-to-end simulation, training and planning, and printing of surgical instruments and devices for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D digital design, fabrication and inspection products provide seamless interoperability and incorporate the latest immersive computing technologies. 3DS’ products and services disrupt traditional methods, deliver improved results and empower its customers to manufacture the future now. For more information, visit www.3dsystems.com.

3D Systems Ships GibbsCAM 2015 for Production Machining

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ROCK HILL, SC, USA, Aug 29,  2015 - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has begun shipping the latest version of GibbsCAM, its software for production machining. This comprehensive update to 3DS’ industry-leading software incorporates an all-new Universal Kinematic Machine (UKM) engine that further simplifies CNC programming. The release also includes multiple enhancements that extend capabilities and accommodate new machines of all configurations. For video overviews of GibbsCAM 2015,  click here.


As an integral component of 3DS’ design-to-manufacturing digital thread, facilitating cross-technology manufacturing between additive and subtractive methods, GibbsCAM enables improved production efficiency and greater profitability. Developed for ease-of-use, GibbsCAM empowers numerical control programmers and machinists with solid modeling, 2- through 5-axis milling, high speed machining, mill/turn, Swiss, multi-task machining and wire-EDM capabilities.

“We are committed to providing 3D digital design and fabrication solutions that enable our customers to be more productive and competitive,” said Ilan Erez, Vice President, co-Chief Operating Officer and CFO, Software Products, 3DS. “With the recent addition of GibbsCAM to the 3DS digital manufacturing thread portfolio, our customers can now enjoy the ability to use both subtractive and additive manufacturing to achieve the highest productivity possible. Manufacturers can use the two technologies in tandem, printing a metal part and then using a milling machine to achieve the required surface finish, for example. It’s a perfect fit.

“With the new release of GibbsCAM 2015 we enable our customers to program any machine with a single program and a single interface,” continued Erez. “The new features and enhancements in GibbsCAM 2015 are designed to save time in programming, provide more flexibility in selecting and using tools, and make toolpath verification and machine simulation more accurate and efficient.”

Some of the new features in GibbsCAM 2015 include:
  • New Tooling Functions and Capabilities that extend the ability to define, use and simulate tools, with new icons and dynamic 3D viewing of tools and tool holders. Support for straight, tapered and stepped shanks was extended to all mill tools, while new mill and lathe tool types are also introduced, including 3D form tools and 75° Diamond (ISO E-style) lathe tools.
  • Numerous Enhancements for Hole-making that include additional support for hole features from CAD systems and full associativity for hole features from Autodesk Inventor, CATIA v5, Solid Edge and SolidWorks. New is the Hole Editor for editing hole features, including compound holes, which are supported with multiple straight, tapered and threaded segments. In addition, feature recognition has been enhanced, and the 5-axis drilling interface has been streamlined. These features simplify hole-making operations and make the programming process faster.
  • Intermediate Tooling Support for Multi-task Machining (MTM), which makes tooling more manageable, simulation more accurate, and programming easier, with more accurate placement and orientation of tools. Additions include a tool block library and support for tool blocks, such as adapter blocks, holders for tool holders, right-angle and adjustable heads, and flash tooling. A fixture library and support for fixtures (chucks, tailstocks, steady rests and other work holding devices) are included.
  • Machine Simulation which is greatly improved as a result of UKM, intermediate tooling support, and an improved rendering palette. Rendering is more accurate and efficient, displaying intermediate tooling for a more complete simulation of all moving components. Customized monitoring of key conditions is enabled with a new Stops and Watches feature. Combined, these additions make the programming-through-simulation process faster and more accurate.
  • Integration with Sandvik Coromant’s Adveon Tool Library, which enables importing tools from Sandvik and ISO 13399 compliant systems to make a standard library available at any time, simplifying tool definition and tooling-data management. This also allows a shop to build, save and reuse a library, and link tools and tool assemblies to parts and processes, enabling faster reuse of a program for a subsequent part run, and faster updating when parts change.
Learn more about 3DS’ commitment to manufacturing the future today at www.3dsystems.com, and the new GibbsCAM 2015 software here.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions available today, including 3D printers, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts. Its powerful ecosystem transforms entire industries by empowering professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life using its vast material selection, including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS’ leading personalized medicine capabilities save lives and include end-to-end simulation, training and planning, and printing of surgical instruments and devices for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D digital design, fabrication and inspection products provide seamless interoperability and incorporate the latest immersive computing technologies. 3DS’ products and services disrupt traditional methods, deliver improved results and empower its customers to manufacture the future now. For  more information, visit www.3dsystems.com.

Delcam Hosts 2015 Asian Tech Summit in Bangalore

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BIRMINGHAM, UK, Aug 29, 2015 - Delcam held its 2015 Asian Technical Summit in Bangalore earlier this month, where the company presented its latest technical and financial news to the media, customers and academics from both India and the wider Asian region. Headline sponsor for the meeting, the fifteenth in the series, was again HP, which presented its latest hardware developments to the attendees.


The meeting was the first Summit to be held since the appointment of Pete Baxter as Vice President in February. The audience was, therefore, especially interested hear his presentation on Delcam and its part in parent company Autodesk’s philosophy on ‘The Future of Making Things’.

The main focus of the other presentations at the Summit was on the latest versions of Delcam’s range of CAM systems that are due to be demonstrated at the EMO exhibition in Italy during October. Updates were also included on the other software in the Delcam portfolio, including the company’s design, reverse engineering and inspection software.

The program also featured presentations from several of Delcam’s Indian customers. These included companies from Delcam’s traditional markets in toolmaking and subcontract machining, such as Godrej Ltd – Tooling Division, Ashcraft Engineers and Shree Engineers, as well as Mr. Vijayragavan from Titan Company Ltd, who described his company’s use of Delcam’s PowerMILL and ArtCAM software in the manufacture of watches. In addition, speakers from IMTMA and TAGMA detailed how their associations were working with Delcam to improve skills and productivity within Indian manufacturing.

International customers that presented at the Summit were Jason Hogan from 360 Knee Systems, who described his company’s use of Delcam software in the manufacture of bespoke systems for knee replacement surgery, and Craig Tanner from ASPETAR Sports Hospital, who talked about his work producing custom orthotic insoles for elite athletes with Delcam’s OrthoMODEL system.

Even so, the presentation that received the most interest from the audience was that by Prof. Karunakaran, from the Mechanical Engineering Department at IIT Bombay. He covered several projects on hybrid layer manufacturing using PowerMILL to program both additive manufacturing with different welding techniques and the subsequent machining of the welded structures into finished parts. For more information, visit www.delcam.com.

Friday, August 28, 2015

ODA Appoints Sergey Vishnevetsky as Director of Development

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PHOENIX, AZ, Aug 28, 2015 - Open Design Alliance (ODA) announced the appointment of Sergey Vishnevetsky as its new Director of Development.

Vishnevetsky joined the ODA in 2002 as a software developer and was involved in the early stages of the Teigha platform, before its first release. His ability to solve engineering problems along with his technical knowledge and experience led to his appointment as Development Manager in 2013.

“I have gained great satisfaction from addressing complex development tasks and enabling the ODA to bring the Teigha project from concept through to a mature and widely used product,” he said. “I enjoy the fact that my job demands creative vision as well as organizational management and team leadership.”

ODA President, Neil Peterson, said “Sergey has a thorough understanding of system analysis, design and testing plus solid experience in CAD application development. In addition he has built a high-performance development team, which focuses on the strategic aspects of software development as well as urgent day-to-day-tasks.”

Before joining the ODA Vishnevetsky worked on various research and development projects in the areas of visual representation and data storage. He has extensive experience of software optimization, working with a range of platforms and languages. His areas of knowledge include the full software life cycle process; object oriented analysis and design; Agile software development; and CAD.

For more information, visit http://www.opendesign.com.

IMSI/Design Ships TurboCAD LTE Pro v8

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NOVATO, CA, USA, Aug 28, 2015 - IMSI/Design, a leading software provider and developer of the #1 best-selling CAD in retail, announced the release of TurboCAD LTE Pro version 8 for Windows 10. TurboCAD LTE Pro 8 is a major update to the professional 2.5D CAD solution that works like AutoCAD LT, with similar UI, command line, and support for .DWG, but boasts many additional, innovative features. A new customizable object manipulation tool, IFC import, and improved roof tools are among dozens of new and improved features. A video is available at http://youtu.be/d3GW1tL5Tr0

“TurboCAD LTE Pro continues to be a robust CAD alternative or companion product for professionals, especially those users familiar with AutoCAD products and looking for common architectural and mechanical design features”, stated Bob Mayer, President of IMSI/Design. “This is our first TurboCAD release since the release of Windows 10 and we believe customers will find LTE’s performance is really optimized under the new OS”, added Mayer.” TurboCAD LTE Pro version 8 also supports Windows 8, 7, and Vista.

TurboCAD LTE Pro V8 new and improved features include:

Architectural / Simple BIM
  • New IFC Import: Simple Building Information Modeling (BIM) is now more advanced with the ability to import intelligent Walls, Doors, Windows, Slabs and Roofs saved in the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) format, the industry standard for BIM information.
  • Improve Roof Angles: TurboCAD now makes it easy to control the rise/run and/or degrees of a roof angle.
  • New Slab Roof Object Types: TurboCAD now allows users to make a roof slab object type. With one slab, you can quickly create a flat roof, or use in conjunction with new roof angles, mitering, and edge cut tools to join several slabs together and create nearly any roof style.
  • New Mitering of Roof Slabs: Select two or more roof slabs and have them “meet” automatically.
  • New Roof Edge Cut Orientation: A new “Edge cut” roof property for roof slabs allows users to select different methods of roof building, either plumb or square.
  • Improved Roof Modifier: Now you can quickly create holes in roofs for chimney’s, skylights, etc. and trim edges of roofs. 
Productivity and Usability Enhancements 
  • New Conceptual Selector: Manipulate and modify 3D objects like never before. The totally flexible design of Conceptual Selector allows users to customize any visual and editing parameters available in the application (eg. Move, scale, or rotate).
  • Improved Nudge: The TurboCAD Nudge function now offers more efficient pick-up and placement of selected object(s) using the numbers pad.
  • Improved Block/Group Editing: While in block/group edit mode, users can now snap to objects outside the block or group.
  • More Flexible UI: Users can now re-size dialog boxes as needed for their design environment. Adjust the screen size, resolution, and more. Works with the majority of dialog boxes including general property pages, multiline text, dimensions, program setup, and Drawing options pages.
  • New Contact Manager & File Sharing: Users now have the ability to create and maintain contact lists and send files to individuals or groups from within TurboCAD.
  • New Backup Open Documents On Program Close: New default option automatically saves any modified documents you have open when the program closes, and then reloads when the program is next opened.
  • New Untitled Documents: Documents that you have created and not saved are backed up using the name "Untitled" followed by a number and the date/time.
  • New File Buffer: New option to save the Undo/Redo buffer of a file when it closes. The buffer is re-loaded when the file is reopened, to be used from the last point. 
Rendering and Visualization
  • Improved RedSDK Rendering: Updated engine (to v3.5.0.2) and new displacement shader for more realistic materials.
  • Dynamic Cutaway Plane: Cut away plane, for looking inside a 3D model, works in draft mode, in mixed draft and wireframe, and in mixed draft and hidden line modes. 
Drafting and Detailing
  • Improved Format Painter Tool: Use the Format Painter to transfer Custom Properties and Property Set Definitions (PSD) from one object to another. This huge productivity improvement is also a crucial feature for extending BIM/IFC models.
  • New Dimension Units Format ‘By Drawing’: Users can now globally define dimension units at the drawing level.
  • Improved Dimension Text: Dimension Text can be set to non-rotatable. With this property selected, dimension text will always face the user no matter the orientation of the drawing.
  • Sorted Layers in Drop Down Lists: The Layers in the drop down and simple lists are now sorted as per the Design Director. If you change the control view order in Design Director the same ordering will be in all other Layer controls.
  • Improved Trim Tools: New ability to trim hatched or closed objects and maintain the hatch or closure.
  • Improved Join Polyline Tool: The Join Polyline Tool now works on Beziers and splines without converting them to a polyline, so that their original curve status is maintained. 
Interoperability 
  • Improved AutoCAD (DWG/DXF): Read/write filters for 2013-2015. Dynamic blocks are imported as simple blocks.
  • New SketchUp (SKP): Read/write filter based on SketchUp 2015. 
Availability and Pricing

TurboCAD LTE Pro version 8 has a suggested retail price of $299.99 and is now available. Also available is TurboCAD LTE with a suggest retail price of $149.99. Upgrade pricing is also available to previous owners of TurboCAD LTE. For more information, visit www.TurboCAD.com or call IMSI/Design at 1.800.833.8082 (+1.415.483.8000).

About IMSI/Design

IMSI/Design is the global leader in retail CAD (Computer Aided Design) and home design desktop software, and a pioneer in mobile solutions for the AEC (Architectural, Engineering, and Construction) industry. With over 16 million products distributed since 1988, IMSI/Design products include the award-winning TurboCAD, DesignCAD, TurboFloorPlan, TurboViewer, and TurboSite families of precision design applications for desktop and mobile. For more information, visit www.IMSIdesign.com.

CNC Reorganizes Educational Division

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TOLLAND, CT, USA, Aug 28, 2015 - CNC Software, Inc.’s dedicated educational division recently underwent organizational changes designed to better align it with the needs of the industry it serves. Effective July 1, 2015, the group of four representatives housed in the Gig Harbor, WA office report to divisional leaders located in the Tolland, CT headquarters.

“This is an exciting quarter as it marks the official integration of our educational division into our corporate office. It is more important than ever that we continue to respond to the needs of the educational industry since they are helping to develop the future of manufacturing.” President Meghan Summers West said. “We made a strategic decision to align this division even closer with the rest of our company. Previously, our educational group worked as a standalone department, but now it has been integrated into our main organization, allowing us to allocate even more resources to our educational ventures.”

Dan Newby, who had previously served as the Educational Sales Manager for over 27 years, will report to Doug Nemeth, Director of Sales for North America and Europe, and will continue his work as Educational Territory Manager. He will now have additional and increased support combining efforts from the entire corporate sales department. Other staff onsite in Gig Harbor will report to respective department managers in Tolland, CT.

“I’m excited about this change because it means we’ll be able to better understand and respond to the needs of all of our customers – whether they are in the educational or industrial arena,” Doug Nemeth said. “By integrating both divisions, we can leverage the expertise and experience of our entire staff and continue to lead the way when it comes to preparing students for jobs in manufacturing.”

CNC Software’s commitment to the educational industry is evident in its devotion to exciting and engaging educators and students to help develop future machinists, engineers, and programmers. According to the most recent analysis of CAM software seats produced by CIMdata, Inc., CNC Software’s Mastercam is the world's most widely used CAM software in both industrial and educational settings. With over 100,000 paid, installed educational seats worldwide, Mastercam has nearly twice the installed base of the closest competitor.

For more information about CNC Software, Inc. and/or its product Mastercam, visit www.mastercam.com or call 800-228-2877. Outside of the USA, call 011-860-875-5006.