Mitch Free is the Chairman & CEO of ZYCI CNC Machining (www.zyci.com) and is the Founder of MFG.com, the world’s largest online marketplace for the manufacturing industry (fellow investors include Jeff Bezos and Fidelity Investments). Mitch also serves as the CEO of CloudDDM, a direct digital manufacturing company headquartered in Atlanta that’s partnered with United Parcel Service (UPS).
It’s no secret that there is a shortage of skilled machinists and toolmakers in America, the media’s been reporting on it for years. It’s even more the case when manufacturers and job shops look for machinists with advanced CNC skills who can work directly from 3D models to program, set up and make complex parts. I experience this dearth of advanced talent firsthand in my business and I would like to propose a solution that could accelerate a fix to the problem.