Surfware, Inc. is pleased to congratulate all of its Resellers on the outstanding SURFCAM Sales Growth achieved in 2011 and to announce the newly formed "10% Growth Club."
"Not only did 11 of our SURFCAM resellers achieve 10% sales growth, but a few even exceeded that. Each of these Resellers have become inaugural members of the SURFCAM '10% Growth Club' for 2011," says Matt Soucy, VAR Channel Manager at Surfware. This outstanding SURFCAM sales achievement by these resellers will be officially recognized during the upcoming Annual Reseller Meeting on May 3 and 4th, 2012 in Oxnard California. Special honors will be awarded to the top four "#1 Growth Resellers" of SURFCAM products Worldwide based on four Global Sales Regions of Australasia, Europe, Latin America and North America.
The upcoming release of Surfware’s flagship product, SURFCAM 6, was showcased at the SolidWorks World 2012 exhibition in San Diego, CA from February 12-15, 2012. Visitors to the event stopped by the SURFCAM booth to see demonstrations and learn more about developments, features, and benefits of this future release from members of the SURFCAM team.
SolidWorks World 2012 attracted more than 5000 attendees in its 14th year. Each year, the event continues to provide an opportunity for SolidWorks users and partners to exchange ideas, learn from keynote speakers, and get a sneak preview of the next release of SolidWorks.
SURFCAM has been a Certified SolidWorks CAM partner for many years, providing SURFCAM customers with world class precision and control over their NC programming environment when using SolidWorks design models in their shops.
Congratulations to the Cimarron-Memorial High School “HIGHROLLERS” Team 987 in their regional FIRST Robotics Championship (FRC) win in 2011. The Cimarron-Memorial High School “HIGHROLLERS” Robotics Team 987, sponsored by Surfware, Inc., was formed in 2001 in Las Vegas, NV to compete in the international FIRST Robotics competition. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization dedicated to inspire young individuals to pursue careers in science and technologies. Each year, FIRST announces an annual competition with student designed robots—similar to a sporting event.
This competition begins when FIRST announces the FRC game during the first week of January. Immediately after the design criteria of the game is announced, the HIGHROLLERS get to work and start brainstorming and designing their robot. The build process of the robot is restricted to a 6-week timeframe which results in an accelerated design process. Some students start mocking up prototypes within the day, while others spend time fabricating parts out of wood and cardboard, others begin the design process in SolidWorks or SURFCAM.
Once the robot is designed, students import the SolidWorks design models into SURFCAM to determine the manufacturing feasibility of individual components. Then students use the new manufacturing models to create their toolpaths in SURFCAM. The final G-code is then sent to the CNC Jr. mill to machine the parts. Finally, after all of the parts are machined, the robot is assembled and prepared for competition.
“We began using SURFCAM back in 2008 when Surfware, Inc. granted four licenses of the software to the HIGHROLLERS team,” says Marc Rogers, Team 987 Robotics Advisor. “The ease of use and intuitive nature of SURFCAM allows our kids to pick up the software immediately and quickly start designing and manufacturing some highly detailed parts." The team has won numerous design awards, out-of-state regional wins, and a third-place finish in the world FRC championships in St. Louis due to the flexibility and ease of use of SURFCAM.
“None of this would be possible without the help of our sponsors, such as Surfware, and school administration. Their aid not only allows our students to compete, but learn the principles of engineering. We anticipate that the HIGHROLLERS 2012 robot will be the best ever built!”
-Marc Rogers, Cimarron-Memorial High School, Team 987 (http://www.team987.com)