Article from CNC Software Inc.
On April 10, 2018, CNC Software Inc. hosted local Girl Scout troop #65023 for a tour of its corporate offices. Area Girl Scouts in 5th and 6th grades were able to see where Mastercam CAD/CAM software is developed and learn how it is used by thousands of companies worldwide to manufacture products they see and use every day.
Girl Scout troop #65023 visits CNC Software.
The night kicked off at 6:00 p.m. with a presentation from CNC Software President and CEO—and former Girl Scout—Meghan West. She introduced the girls to CNC Software and provided some company background. The company’s Corporate Trainer Keith Butzgy, also a Girl Scout father, introduced the troop to Mastercam, the coordinate system, and the manufacturing industry. He explained how manufacturing and machine shops have changed and that they aren’t the dark and dirty shops from years ago. The troop learned how manufacturing is a profitable industry to work within and that it offers viable career opportunities for girls.
The troop got to see the Mastercam Manufacturing Lab in action. This is where CNC Software applications engineers test out Mastercam toolpaths each and every day. The troop saw parts being cut and got to make fidget spinners, engraved with their own troop number.
The tour concluded with a team building activity and some pizza. When asked, most girls wanted to be veterinarians when they grew up, but one girl said she wants to be an engineer!
Related Glossary Terms
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.
- sawing machine ( saw)
sawing machine ( saw)
Machine designed to use a serrated-tooth blade to cut metal or other material. Comes in a wide variety of styles but takes one of four basic forms: hacksaw (a simple, rugged machine that uses a reciprocating motion to part metal or other material); cold or circular saw (powers a circular blade that cuts structural materials); bandsaw (runs an endless band; the two basic types are cutoff and contour band machines, which cut intricate contours and shapes); and abrasive cutoff saw (similar in appearance to the cold saw, but uses an abrasive disc that rotates at high speeds rather than a blade with serrated teeth).