The Cadlinc Era
Our roots date back to 1982 when as part of Cadlinc Inc. we were
one of the very first companies to offer a bundled CAD/CAM solution
on our proprietary 32-bit UNIX-based engineering workstations.
Unique at the time, our heads-up user interface featured on-screen
graphic icons and pop-up menus. A programmable keyboard allowed users
to input commands to the application with a single keystroke. Cursor
strokes (holding a mouse button down while making a gesture with the
cursor on the screen) continues to this day to be one of the most beloved features
of our user interface that has been carried over to the Windows environment for
all software including Prospector.
The Cimlinc Era - Growth & New Directions
As the company grew, new software applications were developed and support
for more capable workstations from other hardware vendors was
added. In 1985 the company changed its name to Cimlinc Inc. and abandoned hardware development to focus
exclusively on application software for manufacturing. In 1985 CIM CUT was introduced as the first
multi-surface NC programming system that ran on affordable UNIX workstations. 2 years later ToolMaker
debuted to begin to pull together 3D design and 3D NC programming into a single
The AMT Division - Exclusive Focus on CAD/CAM, Emphasis on Mold & Die
In 1990 the AMT (Advanced Manufacturing Technology) Division of Cimlinc was formed to focus on
the continued development Cimlinc's portfolio of CAD/CAM application. Particular emphasis was
put on development of software solutions for the manufacturers of complex molds & dies. The
ToolDesigner product was introduced during this period to focus
on all aspects of designing molds from electronic part data. All AMT products and technology migrated from UNIX to the Microsoft Windows
platform. In 1997 the AMT division launched Prospector - the
first knowledge-based NC programming application that specifically
addressed shop-floor programming. The success of the AMT Division and the desire of Cimlinc to pursue other opportunities
far afield from our CAD/CAM roots and expertise led to Cimlinc's
decision to sell the AMT division. Unfortunately Cimlinc Inc.
did not succeed in their other endeavors and was liquidated in 2000 with the Boeing company acquiring all the remaining assets
of Cimlinc at auction in order to continue support of the software they had previously licensed from Cimlinc and placed into production.
SofTech Acquires the AMT Division of Cimlinc
In 1997 SofTech Inc. acquired the AMT division from Cimlinc which began the transformation of SofTech from
a reseller and services company to an independent software vendor. Under the SofTech umbrella, more growth
outside of our traditionally strong market in North America was possible. SofTech followed up the acquisition
of AMT by acquiring other technology companies in the CAD/CAM/PLM space to offer a more comprehensive suite
of software solutions.
AMT Software LLC
As part of a corporate restructuring in 2011, SofTech
divested itself of the AMT division to focus exclusively on the PLM/PDM
side of the business. The employees of the AMT division acquired the
assets of the AMT division including all intellectual property rights, customers and distribution.
Today, as a stand-alone business, AMT Software is singularly
focused on the continued development and support of our portfolio of
CAD/CAM software solutions. Our sales, service and development
team is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, MI. AMT Software is wholly responsible
for the development, support and maintenance of our software.