Brigham Young University. CAM Software Research Center

The CAM Software Research Center was established in 1976 as one of the BYU Centennial year projects approved by the Board of Directors. Eventually the center was awarded Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Center of Excellence status by the state of Utah. The center was aimed at becoming self-sustaining within five years, but unable to commercialize its research in such a short time, it was closed in 1995. The CAM Software Research Center was administrated by co-directors Dell K. Allen and Ron Millet, and later Kay Brown and Dell K. Allen as directors.

Variant names

Brigham Young University. CAM Laboratory

Brigham Young University. Computer Aided Manufacturing Laboratory

Brigham Young University. CAM Software Laboratory


Established: 1976

Abolished: 1995

Location: Provo, Utah (1976-1995)


The CAM Software Research Center functioned to investigate methods of applying advanced technology to improve industrial productivity. The laboratory integrated computer-aided design, process planning and control, and automated production and materials handling for demonstration, research, and instructional purposes.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The CAM Software Research Center was created to supplement the Department of Technology. The center was first administrated by two co-directors and later a single director.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University. Dept. of Technology (1972-1990)

Associated Archival Materials

Records, 1982-1985 (UA 1118)


A History of Manufacturing Technology at Brigham Young University, 1980: p. 61 (function of investigating application of advanced technology; integrating computer-aided design, process planning and control)

Email from Dell K. Allen, Sept. 5, 2011: (BYU Centennial year project; CIM Center of Excellence status; Kay Brown, director; Ron Millet, co-director; Dell K. Allen, director and co-director; established 1976; abolished 1995)

Phone call to Greg Jensen, Sept. 5. 2011: (supported Department of Technology)

Register of the CAM Software Research Center Records, 1982-1985: (CAM Laboratory, Computer Aided Manufacturing Laboratory)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2011-00147

Creator: UPB