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18 November 2004

Company News

Cimatron Donates $12.6M of Software to Western Michigan University

Continuing a tradition of collaboration with educational institutions, Cimatron Technologies has donated $12.6m worth of its leading CAD/CAM software for the tooling industry to Western Michigan University (WMU). In partnership with Cimatron, Intelligent Manufacturing Software Inc . (IMS) has also donated $1m in postprocessing software.

Cimatron's software will be used primarily by students attending WMU's Industrial, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and the Manufacturing Engineering off-campus program located in Muskegon and Battle Creek Mi. The latter program is held in multiple locations around the state, allowing full-time workers to keep their jobs while acquiring advanced education at a local facility. Students attending the program come from diverse manufacturing industries, including mold and die shops, fabricating, metal, plastics, automotive, aerospace, and heavy equipment. Program graduates hold a range of manufacturing engineering positions, with responsibilities ranging from design to manufacturing processes, quality control, and a variety of management positions.

"Having access to such advanced educational programs in a local setting helps students advance their careers and knowledge, while helping the manufacturing industry upgrade its overall employee skill level," says John Patten, Professor and Chair of Manufacturing Engineering at Western Michigan University. "It's a win-win situation for all involved."

Cimatron is a leading developer of integrated CAD/CAM solutions for the tooling industry. For over twenty years, Cimatron has been helping mold, tool and die makers streamline manufacturing cycles and shorten product delivery times. As described in a recent independent review by the leading industry research firm, "CIMdata is favorably impressed by Cimatron's focus on the tooling industry, the breadth of product offerings for toolmakers from design to manufacturing, and the continued introduction of advanced product capabilities to meet user needs."

Cimatron E is the company's flagship product suite, providing a single integrated solution for design and NC, including data import, manufacturing modeling, core and cavity parting, mold base design, electrode design and machining, drafting, NC programming, and engineering change orders.

"We are excited for our students to have access to the Cimatron software," says Professor Patten. "We see it as a unifying platform that can be used throughout the curriculum with seamless integration from design to manufacturing, versus using different programs for each task."

"Knowledgeable workers and advanced technology are the keys to success in the competitive tooling industry. Western Michigan University helps bring the two together and does an incredible job making these available to people in the industry right where they are with both on-campus and off-campus programs. We see it as a duty and a pleasure to help the Manufacturing Engineering program make our industry professionals more knowledgeable and versed in the latest technologies that can make them more productive at the tool shop."

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