Competition will put real-world woodworkers to the test in a virtual reality world
Woodworkers attending the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, can compete for prizes and bragging rights by entering the WCA Bandsaw Skills Challenge. The competition will be held all four days of the show, August 22-25, at the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America’s booth #4154.
Through special arrangement with Mimbus, contestants will put their bandsaw skills to the test by operating the Wood-Ed Table, a virtual reality training system. Mimbus Inc. of Chicago, IL, offers the Wood-Ed Table as a training tool to teach students and novices how to operate basic woodworking machinery in a safe, dust-free environment. In addition to the bandsaw, the Wood-Ed Table features three other woodworking machinery simulation modules: a ripsaw, jointer, and shaper.
“The Bandsaw Skills Challenge will be a great way to attract woodworkers into our booth and spark conversations about the WCA’s Woodworking Skill Standards and credential Passport program,” said Scott Nelson, president of the WCA. “It will be fun to watch contestants operate a virtual reality bandsaw that functions much like the real thing but without the sawdust.”
The WCA Bandsaw Skills Challenge will be held continuously at the WCA’s booth. Participants will don a virtual reality headset and complete a brief bandsaw exercise on the Wood-Ed Table. The Vulcan software that operates the Wood-Ed Table will score each contestant on cutting regularity, hand positioning, time management and more. A leader board will highlight the competition’s high scores.
Workforce Development Seminar
The WCA also will showcase its woodworking skill standards and programs through its participation in IWF’s educational conference.
The WCA will present, “Growing Your Skilled Workforce,” 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 22. The seminar will pair Nelson with Kent Gilchrist, director of operations and design for Purposeful Designs of Indianapolis, IN. The presenters will discuss how to use the WCA Woodworking Skill Standards and training resources to train new hires and develop the skills of current employees. Learn more and register at iwfatlanta.com.
About the Woodwork Career Alliance
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America was founded in 2007 as a 501C(3) non-profit corporation and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The WCA’s mission is to develop and administer a unified set of Skill Standards for the wood products industry. Since 2011, WCA has developed observable and measurable performance standards and assessments for more than 240 woodworking machine operations. In addition, WCA has issued more than 1,600 Passports, a portable, personal permanent record documenting each holder’s record of achievements as a woodworking professional. More than 100 high schools and post-secondary schools throughout North America are WCA EDUcation® members. To learn more about the WCA and how to get involved with its programs, including sponsorship opportunities, visit woodworkcareer.org.
Chris Corrales of CNC Factory to Speak at Cabinet Makers Association Regional Event in Springfield, Missouri – Friday, June 22
Chris Corrales, the owner of CNC Factory (CNCFactory.com) in Santa Ana, California, will speak to the Cabinet Makers Association at their Springfield, Missouri Regional Event - Friday, June 22. Cabinetmakers from around the area will learn what is new in CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment and what is newly improved. The event will be held at Cabinet Concepts by Design located at 4123 N. State Hwy. H in Springfield.
CNC Factory designs, builds and manufactures CNC machines in their Orange County California facility. “With CNC Factory located in the United States, we integrate new technology into CNC systems quicker and more skillfully than any other CNC manufacturer in the world,” Corrales says.
At the CMA Conference in Springfield Corrales will discuss:
1) 3rd Generation CNC Robotics – it does all the heavy lifting;
2) The new CNC Factory Printing and Marking Block - this allows each cut piece to be labeled with post production instructions; and
3) The new Lockdowel Scorpion boring and insertion machine - which enables flat-pack shipping and cabinet assembly without using screws, glue or cams.
“The Lockdowel, glue-less, snap-together assembly method for cabinets and furniture is a game changer in this industry,” Chris Corrales Owner of CNC Factory says. “This is just the kind of technology breakthrough CNC Factory can incorporate quickly and expertly, and we have, with the Scorpion Lockdowel LDR machine,” Corrales says. “Our LDR machine is equipped with 3rd generation, A.I. production controls, real-time virtual support, automated gun cleaning, precise laser measuring - and it’s designed for one operator, even when working with large productions.”
Andy Patel, Owner of Designer Closets in Orlando, Florida owns a Scorpion Lockdowel Machine, a CNC router, an edgebander and a 3-D Lamination Thermalfoil Press all from CNC Factory. His company produces Lazy Lee Spinning closets for homeowners and for wholesale.
“We chose CNC Factory because I know I’m working with people in the cabinet business I get along with,” Patel explains. “Should I have an issue, who I am working with and how issues get resolved is very important. Chris and his team deliver in-house tech support with experience and treat me as a friend they know, and not just a problem they need to process.”
To see the complete Cabinet Makers Association Agenda for the June 22 CMA Springfield Regional Event go to: https://www.cabinetmakers.org/june-2018-springfield.html
About CNC Factory
Chris Corrales has more than 20 years of cabinet making expertise. His real-world experience inspired him to start building better CNC machines 13 years ago, with a clear goal of helping companies embrace CNC automation. His mission: To make CNC automation as common place as a table saw.
Today this vision is core as CNC Factory designs and manufactures high quality precision CNC routers, machining centers, edgebanders, Lockdowel insertion and thermofoil 3D presses to meet urgent business needs of customers. At CNC Factory, providing the fastest, most accurate and dependable CNC Machines and supporting products is only the beginning of meeting customers’ needs. “We never leave them all by themselves,” Owner Chris Corrales promises.
Power up your needs with CNC Factory and capture more opportunities within your market! CNC Factory 2001 South Grand Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705 714-581-5999, CNCFactory.com
Leading developer to share expertise on choosing software for your CNC.
KCD Software is pleased to announce that John Murphy, company founder, will present at the CNC Symposium, a comprehensive day-long program running in conjunction with the 2018 International Woodworking Fair at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
To be held 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 21 - the day before IWF starts - the CNC Symposium is a must for shop owners, manufacturers and business leaders already using or considering implementing CNC technology in their operations.
With four decades of custom cabinetmaking experience and 35 years continually developing integrated design and production software, John Murphy is uniquely qualified to present “Choosing Software for Your CNC.” This talk will address the fundamental questions for custom woodworking shops to consider before investing in or expanding their CNC capabilities, including:
• The different types of CNC machines available;
• Determining which equipment is best suited for specific business models;
• What adding or expanding CNC technology can or cannot do for your business;
• Finding the right software fit in terms of capability, required technical expertise and goals;
• Considerations for minimizing disruption when implementing new CNC capabilities; and
• How to optimize your investments in agile manufacturing.
Geared toward both small shops and larger manufacturers, the CNC Symposium covers a wide variety of CNC-related topics and gives attendees an opportunity to talk to suppliers and CNC experts face-to-face.
Details and registration are available here: http://iwfatlanta.com/Education/CNC.
For more information please contact, Ken Frye, executive project manager, KCD Software at 508-760-1140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About KCD Software
KCD software is developed for custom cabinetmakers by custom cabinetmakers. Core values of fairness, innovation and customer satisfaction drive KCD’s commitment to making great design, price and build software for the custom cabinet and closet industries. The KCD Software and Development Team has been recognized by the Adex Award for Woodworking Design and the AWFS Sequoia Award for Innovation in Software Productivity for outstanding product development. Learn more.
Running August 22-25, 2018, The International Woodworking Fair is one of the top woodworking trade shows in the world for the furniture manufacturing, architectural woodwork, custom and general woodworking industries. IWF is a biennial event that is held every two years at the Georgia World Congress Center and draws attendees from all over the world.
About the CNC Symposium
FDMC magazine and Woodworking Network editor Will Sampson will moderate this full-day symposium. Designed for everyone interested in CNC manufacturing, the symposium will cover a wide selection of CNC-related topics for beginning to advanced users. The program is being developed and presented by FDMC and Woodworking Network.
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