CMCC hosts advanced machining workshop


AUBURN — A group of precision machining educators from around the country gathered at Central Maine Community College from Monday, July 13, to Wednesday, July 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.

The goal of this advanced technological education grant was to provide educators and industry personnel with the necessary skills for advanced computer numerical controlled 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 10 states and from as far 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 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.

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