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What Is Mastercam?

Mastercam is a software program used by professionals in the manufacturing industry. It is similar to other computer-aided design programs, like AutoCAD, and it assists in the production of part blueprints. View article »

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  • 0:01 What is Mastercam?
  • 0:30 Mastercam Certification
  • 1:34 Mastercam Training
  • 2:08 Lesson Summary

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What is Mastercam?

Mastercam is a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software program used by manufacturing professionals, such as machinists and computer numerical control (CNC) programmers. This software helps users produce mechanical drawings of machine parts, learn how to operate CNC lathes and mills, and create 3-dimensional wire frame models.

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Mastercam Certifications

Program Level(s) Associate certification; 2 professional certifications (Mill - CPgmM and Lathe - CPgmT)
Field(s) of Study Mastercam software
Certifying Organization Mastercam ( Certification only available through their site)
Preparation Programs Available through technical or community colleges; onsite at Mastercam's headquarters in Tolland, CT; or through Mastercam University (online)

Manufacturing professionals can earn Mastercam certification by completing relevant courses and passing Mastercam certification exams. There are two Mastercam certification levels: associate and professional. In order to earn the associate-level certification, students need to complete a design course and pass a multiple-choice test. The design courses are on topics as mill, advanced mill or lathe design, multiaxis and Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS. Individuals can only take these design courses through Mastercam's official site.

After earning associate-level certification, you can move on to the professional level. At professional level certification, individuals demonstrate skills in certain specialties, to earn professional designations.

There are two options for professional certification: Mill - CPgmM and Lathe - CPgmT. To earn these designations, you must pass a timed test that requires you to write a program and generate geometry from a shop drawing.

Mastercam Training

Many colleges and universities also offer training to prepare you for Mastercam certification. Such training may be available on campus, at a technical or community college. There are also corporate training courses offered by the makers of the Mastercam software, offered in Tolland, Connecticut as well as online courses through Mastercam University.

In Mastercam courses, students learn about basic, intermediate and advanced CAM construction, lathe toolpaths, troubleshooting, CNC programming and manufacturing principles. Participants train via lectures and hands-on projects.

Lesson Summary

Mastercam is computer aided manufacturing software used by manufacturing professionals. Certification is available at both the associate and professional levels.

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