Currently about half of Pocket NC machines are used in education. This includes high schools, community colleges, technical colleges, and universities. People in education use the Pocket NC for:
- Teaching 5-axis programming and machining in vocational schools, adult education training programs, community colleges, and tech education in high schools.
- Integrating the machine into robotics and manufacturing competitions like SkillsUSA and FIRST.
- Machines are used in FabLabs, Innovation Labs, STEAM Labs, MakerSpaces, and Museums.
- Machines are integrated into research labs to make small components for research experiments or study aspects of manufacturing.
- Community colleges are using the machine to recruit students in middle school or high school into vocational programs.
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Schools consider Pocket NC machines for a variety of reasons some of which include:
- Technical programs are challenged by industry to train students in 5-axis programming and machining. Many vocational training programs have a few multi-axis machines but in many circumstances only more advanced students get to use the machine and even that time can be limited.
- Skills learned on the Pocket NC machines translate to industrial 5-axis machines giving students with experience on the Pocket NC a competitive advantage in their search for employment.
- Many schools are limited by space constraints and don’t have enough room for a large 5-axis machine. With a footprint of 16 inches wide x 8 inches in depth x 11 inches tall, weight of ~30 pounds and standard wall power, a classroom can have one or more machines without taking up much space.
Here is a partial list of schools that use Pocket NC machines: