CMCC Hosts Advanced Machining Workshop
July 30, 2015
A group of precision machining educators from around the country gathered on the campus of Central Maine Community College (CMCC) July 13-15 to participate in a “RAMP Multi-Axis Workshop.” The workshop was an initiative of a $900,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to CMCC to fund the Regional Advanced Machining Partnership, or RAMP.
The goal of this Advanced Technological Education grant was to provide educators and industry personnel with the necessary skills for advanced computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining, programming and metrology. “We wanted to develop a curriculum that can address industry needs in high-end skills that are directly applicable to the precision manufacturing environment,” said Diane Dostie, dean of corporate and community services at CMCC.
The workshop attracted 24 participants from more than ten states and from as far away as Alberta, Canada. They attended sessions led by CMCC instructors Devin Watson, Richard Bolding, and Stephen Bolduc, assisted by several students. They attended sessions including 3-D Milling and Multi-Axis Curricula, and Live Tooling for CNC Lathes. Additionally, there were sessions conducted by sessions by Immersion Engineering, Sandvik, and CamInstructor.
This three day training session provided instructors with the necessary materials to deliver a class as set-up by the RAMP curriculum. The program included instruction and lab time on the set-up and operation of some advanced techniques and projects. Attendees also used videos created through the RAMP grant to aid them in the set-up of equipment.
A Certificate in Advanced Machining, has been developed at CMCC for experienced machinists and graduates of machining programs. Courses such as Advanced MasterCam Programming, Three-Dimensional CNC Milling, and Multi Axis CNC Milling have been designed and can be delivered mostly online and through an internet-based communications environment.
For more information on the RAMP project, please contact Diane Dostie at 755-5281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo caption: Participants in the Advanced Machining Workshop at CMCC are seen here gathered around one of the Haas Vertical Machining Centers in the Precision Machining lab at the college.