Students Impressed With Woodworking Software
Students at a high school say using Cabinet Vision and Alphacam woodworking software means that only their imagination limits what they can achieve.
The Wood Products Technology and Cabinetry program run by Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio, uses an Omnitech CNC router programmed with Alphacam. Students on the second level of the course also review Cabinet Vision’s functions, and during this school year they constructed a custom kitchen island cabinet which was designed within Cabinet Vision and sent directly to their CNC machine.
Roosevelt senior, Nate Goodhart, says the island cabinet was a particularly interesting project. “We were even able to build raised panel doors using our shaper and apply a custom stain and finish.” He added that he and his classmates work with Alphacam, including the Aspire Alphacam Art module, to machine unique items that they’ve designed. “What we can accomplish is only limited by our imagination. I’m making a three dimensional address plaque, which needs me to go into more depth with the software.”
Other projects involved creating an Alphacam program for the Omnitech to create Greek lettering for local sororities and fraternities, along with using both Alphacam and Cabinet Vision for items such as copy room cabinet for staff use, a display/storage wall cabinet for a neighbouring classroom, a notebook computer cart, and manicure carts for the Cosmetelogy Program.
Junior, Joe Sincel, says: “I liked the idea of learning how to design and build projects, both big and small, using the software and equipment.”
Instructor Troy Spear says the program gives students the opportunity to learn about what he calls the “exciting career field and industry of architectural millwork and cabinetry.” The projects tie in to the software design and machine exposure that he strives for all students to experience. “I want the students to finish this program with a well-rounded knowledge of being able to work with both the machinery and software to design and build wood products.”