On June 16, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills released the first-ever industry standards for Computer Aided Manufacturing. Autodesk provided guidance for the standard development, along with technical work group and regional validation participation from many other AMT member companies, manufacturers and schools. AMT member participation came from CNC Software, BobCAD-CAM, CGTech, Delcam, DMG Mori and Haas Automation. 

The new CAM standards will be used throughout education and training programs in technical schools, community colleges and engineering schools in workforce development efforts to meet the demands for skilled CAM programmers, designers and engineers.

The duty areas for milling and turning operations that are part of the standard include job preparation and process planning, 2D sketching and 3D modeling, toolpath generation, and documentation. Additional knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics of the standard include written oral communication, machining mathematics, decision making and problem solving, social skills and personal qualities, engineering drawings and sketches, computer operations and technologies including CNC machines, workholding, cutting tools, machine codes, offsets and compensation. 

New student challenges at IMTS

As an active partner in developing next-generation talent in manufacturing, NIMS will also be joining AMT at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2016. This is where educators and students will see and experience technologies like CAM, particularly as they work through the Art-to-Part series of student challenges that will include design, 3D printing, machining and measuring.

With a theme centered on aerospace, students at the summit will engage in all aspects of the manufacturing process. They will redesign variables and then 3D print component parts for a model rocket, with an option to machine one of the component parts and then measure those parts on a CMM to assure quality, repeatability and reliability.

The challenges are designed to spark students’ imaginations: What could they bring to life through manufacturing? The summit exposes them to the tools and the experience of bringing something from idea to creation. 

In addition to the Design It!, Make It!, Machine It!, Measure It! series of Art-to-Part challenges, student summit participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a series of Automate It! challenges with robotics manufacturers, Weld It! challenges and a Build It! challenge that will allow teams of more experienced students to assemble the major gantry and drive components of a CNC waterjet cutting machine by WardJet.

We hope that you’ll help us encourage schools in your local community to attend the student summit. This is our industry’s best opportunity to showcase what’s possible in a career in manufacturing technology. Registration is at www.IMTS.com/student.

And remember to always ask about NIMS credentials in your recruiting and hiring process for machinists, designers, production technicians and field service technicians. 

For more information about NIMS Standards, please visit www.NIMSready.org.

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