Lincoln High School unveils enhanced CAD/CAM program

County officials, district personal, former students and business leaders gathered at the Lincoln High School Center for Career and Technology to celebrate the installation of new machinery which will prepare students to enter the workforce with in-demand skills.
A DMG MORI 5-axis CNC machine, valued at $250,000, was provided to Van Dyke Public Schools on a two-year, no cost lease from DMG MORI. It will enable students to hone their computer aided drafting (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) skills through the school’s career technical education program.
“We are very happy to support your school by providing this machine,” said Dr. Masahiko Mori, President of DMG MORI who flew in from Japan to attend the reception. “It is our great pleasure to also provide additional application training by our engineers for the benefit of your instructors.”
Rick Hecker, President and CEO of Eifel Mold & Engineering of Fraser, chairs the school’s business advisory committee for CAD/CAM and is credited for securing the donated machinery. When he shared the good news with committee members, others stepped forward to make sure that the equipment would be installed and serviced at no cost to the district:
  • Metro Air Compressor of Roseville offered the necessary air compressor and installed it.
  • Powertran Transformers of Ferndale offered a transformer
  • Autodesk, a software developer from California, will provide 75 Powermill licenses for use by students and instructors
  • Spectron Electric of Fraser finalized installation with materials provided by Grant Industries, also of Fraser
In addition, the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) presented a check for $10,000 from the American Mold Manufacturing Advancement Fund (AMMA Fund) to cover additional expenses.
“I feel like we won the lottery!” said VDPS Superintendent Piper Bognar. “Working closely with our business community means that our students will graduate with the skills and experience they need to land a great job.”
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