Schott Systeme prove CAD/CAM E-Learning in Australia
Using the AIEE Manufacturing Week in Sydney at the beginning of June, Schott Systeme GmbH exhibited their CAD/CAM software Pictures by PC with the express interest to prove a range of new CAD/CAM e-learning tools. With the inability for software companies to provide dealers in each region of a country, Australia being an extreme example, visitors to the show were able to see how the project based e-learning tools provided free with the software could quickly make a new user instantly productive.
Being project based, the tools focus on providing users with the quickest route to achieve a single task. Using differing skill levels, projects include training on only the features required to finish a particular 'real world' task. An engraver using the project for 'Engraving Name Plates' would for example only focus on font selection, text creation, and the special carving machining techniques required to mill a name plate with raised text. The 'Machining DXF' project concentrates on the import of 2D DXF data, the search and repair of bad geometry with duplicates and gaps, and then the application of preprepared milling techniques.
The response clearly indicated that with good project based E-Learning for actual tasks as opposed to fictional training, combined with free internet support, companies are more than willing to train themselves when local support is not available.
The show also was a general success for the Munich based CAD/CAM developer, with visitors seeing the complete range of manufacturing tools supplied within the standard software Pictures by PC. The German company was also accompanied by the Sydney based reseller of ISEL CNC machine tools. Supplied with IsyCAM, the OEM version of the software, visitors were amazed to see that a complete desktop CNC machine with software could be purchased for around half the cost of a normal CAD/CAM software license.