The Future of Manufacturing Education

What is CAD/CAM Software?Computer Aided Design. In reference to software, it is the means of designing and creating geometry and models that can be used in the process of product manufacturing. Computer Aided Manufacturing. In reference to software, it is the means of processing a designed part model, creating machine toolpath for its various components and creating an NC program that is then sent to a CNC Machine tool to be made.The purpose of CAD-CAM is to automate CNC programming and allow innovators, designers and cnc businesses to manufacture products, bringing them to market faster and more profitably than ever before. It is the concept of producing goods faster and for less.Manufacturers of The FutureIn 2013 and beyond, thousands of students in North America alone are currently planning to enter careers in Manufacturing. From Advanced Mechanical Design, Fabrication, Aerospace Engineering and Aircraft Manufacturing to Industrial Engineering, Automotive and CNC Machining, these students will be the future of Manufacturing moving forward. They will be the innovators, the creators and architects that will design and make all of the products we use on a daily basis. As design and manufacturing technology advances, so does the look and usability of the products we buy and use. Costs are driven down and the speed in which products are brought to market increases. This means that we can buy products from dishwashers to cell phones cheaper while enjoying a broader selection to choose from.While software providers are constantly moving forward in the development of CAD/CAM software, adding new automation and making it more intuitive than the last software revisions, you will agree that there needs to be a swiftly moving system of keeping these students on par with the cutting edge of CNC automation. Thus ensuring their survival once they land in shops and manufacturing businesses around the world.Here are some of the real-world challenges that educators and schools face when including manufacturing CAD/CAM technology in their curriculums.Focused Manufacturing CurriculumsA common challenge for CAD/CAM in Education has to do with the type of applications or even industries being taught along with the curriculum segments revolving around software as it relates to that specific industry or application. In 2008 a panel of manufacturing and business professionals were interviewed by O & P.com, an online resource for Orthotics and Prosthetics companies. The interviews focused on CAD/CAM software in education and the results were surprising. These business professionals really felt that there was a serious lack of professional training available in the area of CAD design and CAM machining technology.Some of them had even gone so far as to provide seminars on the subject at schools and universities in an effort to get educators more involved in the subject so that there would be some support for the industry moving forward. It makes sense. Even now in 2013 there is no CAD/CAM software product that caters to the design and manufacturing of prosthetics as an example. The closest form of CAD/CAM for a specific application would be special dental prosthetic products that cater to the dental industry. But what about the rest? Software is used for CNC automation in just about every available type of application today without schools having to find custom-specific application type systems.The solution has to be available where CAD/CAM providers work directly with the educator, teacher or school to develop curriculums that deal with specific applications in order to tune down the product and be more application focused. While many CAD/CAM providers will help, education still suffers because of budgets and the high price of implementing software for such cases.Educational Budget CutsMany states are currently looking at budget cuts for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 that will drop higher education budgets below 2008/2009 levels. The dollar amount spent per student in 2013 is down by more than half in over 50% of the US. In fact, 26 states will spend less per student in fiscal year 2013 than the year before and 35 are still spending at levels lower than before the recession, after adjusting for inflation. The truth is, we are going nowhere fast when it comes to financially investing in the manufacturers of our future. The solution is for CAD/CAM providers to change the way they think when it comes to supplying education with cutting edge cnc machining software products. We have to be smarter and make technology software implementation easier for schools at all levels than ever before. Many providers offer educational discounts, yet the costs are still well out of range. Not only this but what about the student that graduates and enters the workforce? If the student was trained on a $15,000-$20,000 CNC Programming system, how are they going to take a seat with them to their new employer? CNC Software for milling, turning, routing, water jet, plasma or laser can cost a substantial amount of money. There must be a solution to make NC programming technology more accessible to graduating students.Keeping Curriculums FreshAnother challenge for educators focuses on existing curriculums having to be continuously updated and modified in order to keep them current with manufacturing technology as it is developed moving forward. Again, CAD/CAM providers must have programs in place which not only address educational implementation, but that allow educators to keep them updated on the fly. Ultimately, teachers need an abundant volume of resources available to them, preferably online and accessible by mobile devices. This includes tiered tutorials, corresponding and example CAD Part Files, videos, knowledge based support, help files, Machine Post Processors and all other product support and training resource that empowers the teacher. Educator support should also be a phone call away. Educators that have existing curriculums should be able to easily adapt what they have to include CAD/CAM. This way implementation is simple and saves a lot of time.The SolutionGoing into 2014 the manufacturing industry is experiencing more growth.  This means that the demand for CAD-CAM software will be higher.  As will the need for CNC programmers that understand and know how to machine with software.  This is exactly why a “Manufacturers of The Future” program is needed for education.  A program that supports schools, teachers and ultimately the students.  Thus, ensuring that these students will have the software they were educated on before they begin their new journey into the manufacturing workforce.Schools & TeachersA”Manufacturers of The Future” program is a solution for schools and teachers at all levels that prepares students for CNC manufacturing because it addresses the challenges that today’s schools and educators face when it comes to implementation, curriculums and plain old affordability when they are already working with tight budgets. A successful program for supporting education would include the following:
Makes individual and multi-station lab licenses very affordable
Access to 2, 3, 4 and 5 axis cad-cam cnc software
Provides no-cost Technical Support and Training Solutions to teachers
Regularly updates training material to add resources
Provides cnc machine post processors
Keeps educators informed and successful
From access to online knowledge based cad-cam support portals to multi-level software tutorials, training video products and specialized one-on-one training, educators need this level of support.StudentsWith a Manufacturers of The Future “Work Ready” campaign, students receive the support they need in low cost professional cad-cam software versions so that they are ready and are more valuable as they start working in manufacturing.
“Work Ready” allows graduating students their software at reduced costs
Available multimedia training solutions that they can take with them
Continued Education & Advanced Online Operator Certification
These three items are critical for success. Students can achieve more in their professions with them. As a student or teacher there are solutions that exist to help teach and educate manufacturing students. A Manufacturers of The Future and a Work Ready type program created and provided by CAD-CAM vendors that get together to provide a dynamic multi-level support system that accommodates all levels of CAD/CAM products will be phenamenal. This would be the most productive and helpful method possible.  Who will step up and answer the call?  These are exciting times for education and the future of manufacturing.

The Euro, E-Commerce and Your Web Host

The unification of the 12 Euro zone countries under one monetary currency, the Euro, has revolutionized business dealings in these countries. This step in monetary aggregation has also further escalated eCommerce in Europe.The surprising growth of e-commerce within the Euro zone countries has brought about a lot of drastic changes in terms of business transactions and dealings. Both business to customer (B2C) and business to business (B2B) marketing and sales efforts have been readily done through the internet with ease and efficiency. In order for European companies to go along with the competition, more and more companies seek the services of reliable web hosting companies throughout Europe.What has currency unification got to do with this?The unification of the European nations under one monetary currency has removed the threat of currency fluctuations so investors can feel more assured of stable currencies and exchange rates in the region. Under the Euro, all 12 Euro zone countries have considerable advantage when it comes to transactions within the European border. Investors and companies need not worry about the losses caused by abrupt monetary fluctuations which are seldom predicted. Thus, the effort and the manpower that have been allotted in managing this currency risk could now be diverted to tasks that may bring in more revenues for the company.Aside from this, financial transparency is a natural consequence of the Euro unification scheme and this is very desirable from the point of view of businessmen and investors. Plus, companies could also save a valuable amount of capital allotted for currency exchange fees that are commonly done when doing international transactions with countries of different currencies.Why the Demand in eCommerce?E-Commerce provides the fastest, most convenient and cheapest mode of international transaction. It therefore comes as no surprise that the unification of most European countries under the same currency has increased both the effectiveness and convenience of e-commerce. Consumers in the European Union no longer have to worry about differing currencies and exchange rate fees when processing transactions over the Internet. The price of a merchandise that they see advertised is what they get, so they’re no longer be hesitant in engaging in e-commerce transactions.Web Host for e-commerce businessesWith the increased e-commerce activity that the currency unification has induced, businesses now have more incentive to engage in e-commerce. However, they must carefully consider what web hosting company they’ll be using.European web hosting companies in Europe are typically not adequately equipped to cope with the more rigorous demands of e-commerce transactions. Most of them offer only the most basic services, and e-commerce websites definitely need more than just bandwidth and space. They require excellent support, tailored applications, stringent security, and great efficiency from the web hosting companies.

Create Affiliate Websites Using a Premium WordPress E-Commerce Theme

If you have considered the prospect of making money on the internet, you may have been looking into different ways on how to do this. Indeed, there are many different ways to make money online – with some ways more worthwhile than others. There’s so much information out there on the web that it can be very easy to become confused about which money making route to take. In this article, however, I will focus on one increasingly popular method of making money online: creating affiliate websites.So if you’re reading this you may well be thinking: how do I create an affiliate website? Well if you have no idea about how to do this it can, potentially, be a steep learning curve. But in all honesty in needn’t be. Setting an affiliate website using a premium WordPress e-commerce theme makes setting up an affiliate website a doddle. This is largely due to the fact that there are many web-designers out there on the web who design high quality premium e-commerce themes for WordPress at a relatively low price. So for a relatively low price you can buy a ready made e-commerce website based on the WordPress platform without having to worry about hiring an expensive web-designer to build you a site. And what’s more, the great thing about WordPress is its ease-of-use. Literally, you’ll be able to use your chosen premium e-commerce theme to transform your WordPress blog into a fully functional affiliate website within minutes.So how can one make money with an affiliate website? Well, you’ll use your website to promote other people’s products, and if those products sell, you will earn commission. The amount of commission you can earn usually depends on the conditions of the affiliate program you’re signed up to. So let’s say that you just signed up with Amazon as an affiliate and you want to promote their products, all you’ll need to do is create an affiliate store with one of the many premium WordPress e-commerce themes on the market. Some themes will allow you to enter your Amazon associates ID via the back-end of WordPress whilst some other themes may require you to create affiliate links manually using your Amazon associates account. I’m definitely an advocate of those themes that allow you to perform the former. I’m also an advocate of those premium e-commerce themes that feature an Amazon product import tool. This handy tool utilises Amazon’s API feature which will in turn allow you to import a multitude of Amazon products at any one time.And it’s this sort of feature of a premium e-commerce theme that will save you a considerable amount of time and energy. I mean, if you were to use your own blog to promote Amazon products you’d need to list your products manually one-by-one which would be arduous, especially, if you’re planning to promote a large number of products. And in the end, the more Amazon products that sell, the more commission you’ll earn. Of course, I have only spoken about Amazon in this article up and until now, but the truth is that this theme can be used together with any affiliate partner program, and you can rest assured that there are plenty of programs out there on the web to choose from! Indeed, a standard Google search on the phrase ‘affiliate program’ will yield a large number of results. Some of the other real advantages to using a premium WordPress e-commerce theme is its layout, its look, its professionalism, and again its ease-of-use. WordPress is so user friendly that virtually anyone can use it.