Making Remote Work Practical for CNC Programmers

Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) digitally transforms machining. Although it’s a significant stride forward in automating processes, it still requires skilled people to direct it. Those optimized production parameters, precision laser cuts, and tight-tolerance measurements all depend on the CNC programmer controlling the machine with software such as ESPRIT, BLMelements, and Mastercam.

There are two trends to watch. The first is that CAM adoption is predicted to increase. Global industry analysts project the CAM market will grow to  $4.6 billion at an 8.4 percent CAGR from 2022 to 2026. Driving that growth are increased use in specific sectors, such as automotive and aerospace, and enterprises creating intelligent, connected processes that leverage Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology.

Second, while CAM becomes more ubiquitous, so will remote work. Research by Ladders estimates that 25 percent of all professional jobs in North America will be remote by the end of this year. Furthermore, while The Great Resignation continues and manufacturers compete for talent, they need to be mindful of GoodHire research that found 68 percent of Americans choose remote work versus working in an office, and 85 percent prefer to apply for jobs that offer remote flexibility. 

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