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CAD/CAM in Education

Primary Schools
2D Primary

2D Primary software gives pupils a great new tool for doing a new type of drawing. If you back the software with a Roland Stika, then you’ll have all you need to create accurate technical drawings, design eye-popping textures and patterns, cut stickers from self-adhesive vinyl or even print and cut bespoke stickers and labels. Add the Flashforge 3D Printer or SRM-20 milling machine, and Primary pupils will be 3D printing and machining solid parts for real projects. It’s proper CAD/CAM, a great teaching tool and exciting stuff for the pupils.

Stika SV-8E
Stika SV-8E
A good starting point for those on a low budget
A low cost 3D Printer
Secondary Schools

Getting the right CAD/CAM resources is essential to make the most of budgets and to give students the tools that they need. We recommend the packages featured here as a good place to start. If at all possible, machines should be sited where students have access to see work being machined, and to take some part in the process.

In an ideal world students will have access to all resources whenever needed, but reality says that many departments are split and even clever timetabling won’t prevent bottlenecks. It might be sensible to consider several smaller machines in different areas of the department rather than one large machine in a ‘hub’. Some schools aspire to an enhanced level of CAD/CAM access, perhaps to meet the needs of Technology or Engineering Specialism and a remit to provide extended resources for neighbouring schools. Whatever the number or scale of machines needed, 2D Design V2 and SOLIDWORKS will provide the core software needed to make them earn their keep.

Colleges & Universities

TechSoft’s 2D Design V2 has become increasingly popular at FE and HE level where industry-specific software provides the 'core' but a straightforward route is needed for 2D CAM output. 2D Design V2 provides this and integrates easily with other systems. All TechSoft machines are designed for industrial use and this includes full 3D capability where appropriate. TechSoft are appointed SOLIDWORKS re-sellers for UK education and will be delighted to advise, provide support and training and supply the right package of SOLIDWORKS licences for any college or university adopting this market-leading 3D CAD software.

RouterCAM 1290
RouterCAM 1290
Large format routing