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Delcam PartMaker supports Precision Plus in tackling the skills gap

The new classroom at Precision Plus will be used for training staff and students in PartMaker CAM software

Delcam’s PartMaker Division is supporting an initiative by one of its customers, Precision Plus from Elkhorn, Wisconsin, to tackle the skills gap in North American manufacturing. 

Precision Plus is an ISO 9001:2008 registered contract manufacturer of precision turned components.  The company specialises in Swiss-type turning and uses PartMaker to program more than twenty Tsugami machines to produce complex parts for electrical, aerospace, medical, dental and hydraulic/pneumatic applications.  To see how Precision Plus uses PartMaker, visit

President and owner, Mike Reader, has built up a team of skilled manufacturing men and women with many years of experience. His team has the knowledge and expertise to see a product from concept to reality, working closely with the customers’ engineering and production teams to produce high quality, cost-effective components.

Like many other company presidents, Mr. Reader is a strong believer in continuous education of his staff to ensure that his company can continue to flourish in the new global economy.   However, he has gone further than most by hiring a former school principal, Barry Butters, to run his education and apprenticeship program.

As well as training current Precision Plus staff, Mr. Reader is aggressively attacking the skills gap in manufacturing by opening the classroom on his company’s site to a group of apprentices made up of highly-motivated students from local high schools.  They will be trained to use Inventor software donated by Autodesk as well as the PartMaker CAM program supplied by Delcam. 

Both Autodesk and PartMaker supported the recent opening ceremony for the new training facilities.  "Together with our software partners, Autodesk and Delcam/Partmaker, we are rolling out training programs to develop the next generation of elite manufacturing and application engineers,” explained Mr Reader.  "We will use the new classroom as the focus of our efforts to work with local school districts to close the skills gap and to enlighten young people about what manufacturing is today and the career opportunities it offers.”

For further information on Delcam’s PartMaker CAM software, please contact: -
Peter Dickin, Marketing Manager
Direct phone: 44 (0)121 683 1081  e-mail:

Delcam plc,      
Small Heath Business Park,    
Birmingham, B10 0HJ, UK

20 May 2014

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