Delcam Makes Software Free for Nonprofit Training Centers

Recognizing the need for more technical training to be offered in order to bridge the skills gap, Delcam is waiving all fees for any non-profit organization incorporating its FeatureCAM and Delcam for SOLIDWORKS CAM software in its manufacturing education programs. This applies to all non-profit institutions qualifying to Delcam Training Center (DTC) requirements in the United States and Canada starting from April 6, 2015.

FeatureCAM Training Centers, the forerunners to the Delcam Training Centers, were introduced over 15 years ago to help prepare students that wanted to further their education in engineering or get knowledge and training for entry level jobs in manufacturing. Commenting on the new initiative, Delcam North America president, Glenn McMinn, said, “The program was created with the intention of allowing training centers the opportunity to properly train students and machinists with skills to seek employment effectively or to improve their current skills. With the US manufacturing sector as competitive as it has been in decades for new jobs and investment, we are looking to build on this momentum in the classroom by improving our offerings in CADCAM.”

Delcam’s FeatureCAM software is free of charge to non-profit educational establishments that qualify as Delcam Training Centers

Delcam’s FeatureCAM software is free of charge to non-profit educational establishments that qualify as Delcam Training Centers

The Delcam Training Center program allows students to program and create parts in their school’s lab with full access to the 2.5D, 3D and turning modules within FeatureCAM, as well as 2.5D, 3D and turning modules for Delcam for SOLIDWORKS. In addition, full seats of FeatureCAM and Delcam for SOLIDWORKS will be available to qualifying DTC, plus free access to Delcam’s online training program, Delcam University.

Commenting on the new Delcam initiative, Brian Janes, a DTC instructor from South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College said, “I have used many of the CAM packages on the market today both in work situations and in teaching. The FeatureCAM package has unsurpassed power and is by far the easiest to use and most efficient software on the market. While a lot of CAM programs run the users through endless menus, FeatureCAM has a user interface that gets you right to the actual building and coding of the part model. The addition of the online training will help students and new users get up to speed even faster.”

Delcam University, an online certification course, was built to conveniently meet the standards for helping bridge the skills gap in the manufacturing market for both students and teachers alike. Delcam University is an online program, allowing students to become certified in Delcam products. Self-paced classes can be taken anytime, anywhere, with 24/7 access to Delcam University, offering the flexibility to fit in qualifications around existing study and work commitments. Delcam University consists of a series of videos, written exercises and quizzes leading to certification. Teachers have the choice to either integrate the training into their daily curriculum or use it as homework, thus avoiding conflict with pre-existing curriculum.

For more information regarding on the Delcam Training Center Program and Delcam University, please go to or contact Delcam on 877 335 2261.