For over 30 years, CNC Software Inc. has been one of the forefront leaders in providing PC-based, computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software. Their best-selling product, Mastercam, has been the world’s most widely used CAM software for 22 years. Installed in over 224,000 seats across the globe, Mastercam has almost doubled the installed base of the next leading competitor.

Additionally, CNC Software Inc.’s main draw is being fully committed to educating the next generation of machinists. Currently, 25 percent of CNC Software Inc.’s customers are in the education market.

“CNC Software continues to demonstrate its commitment to the future of our industry, as well as the next generation of manufacturing professionals,” says Meghan West, the president of CNC Software Inc. “We have worked with our global support network to develop programs and tools that introduce students to the world of manufacturing at every age, and that teach the programming skills necessary for meaningful employment.”

Here at Leading Edge, our No. 1 goal is helping to educate the next generation of machinists. So when we got the chance to meet with CNC Software Inc. at this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), we couldn’t help but noticed how our goals aligned––which is why we are so excited to announce that Leading Edge Industrial will now partner with CNC Software Inc. to implement Mastercam into our curriculum.

In the coming weeks, Leading Edge will have its own machine-specific post-processors built into Mastercam for both our HX8610 VMC (backward compatible with the HX8410 VMC model) and our HX710 Turning Center (both HXSII and HXSI versions). Our Leading Edge team will also be traveling to Connecticut in the coming weeks to meet with CNC Software Inc., where we will be creating a plan for moving forward.

We are so excited about this new partnership with CNC Software Inc. Not only will we be providing the innovative Mastercam software to our customers, but we will also be continuing our efforts to educate the next generation of machinists, helping to close the manufacturing skills and training gap here in the U.S.