Mastercam’s 30th Anniversary

CNC Software Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

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CNC Software Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Two brothers, Mark and Jack Summers, incorporated the company in 1983 with a new programming concept for CNC (computer numerical control) machine tools. They developed a PC-based CAD/CAM software package with an emphasis on the CAM side. During that time, most of the programs were more CAD oriented and expensive.

“Ours was developed with the machinist and the design engineer in mind,” says Mark Summers, president. “I was a machinist. It’s a direct approach--design the parts and generate the tool paths to machine them.” 

They called the software program “Meghan” named after Mark Summer’s eldest daughter, and then changed it within the first year to “Mastercam” as a clearer descriptive of the software’s primary function.

The first version of Mastercam was a 2D CAM program. Now, Mastercam offers solutions for designers and programmers involved in multi-axis milling, turning, wire EDM, router programming, plasma and laser cutting, 3D design and drafting, Swiss machining, and more.

Shortly after CNC Software started in Massachusetts, the company moved its base of operations to an office in Vernon, Conn. After a brief move to an industrial park, CNC Software built corporate headquarters in Tolland, Conn. When it outgrew that space, the Summers established the company’s corporate headquarters and training facility in a new, 38,000-square-foot building in the same town. In 2007, ground broke for a 12,000-square-foot addition to house a fully functioning machine shop with advanced equipment for Mastercam product research and development.