CMMXYZ's Guide to CMM Training: Skills, Programs & More

Published by CMMXYZ on October 6, 2020

Coordinate measuring machines boast the exceptional ability to intricately and accurately measure the geometry of an object. However, an operator needs to be well-versed in the different software, programs, and skills associated with the technology to utilize a CMM and its intricate parts and features effectively.

CMMXYZ is your source for industry leading CMM training services. Our training is provided by coordinate measuring machine experts who have ample experience with different CMMs and their technologies. 

Our programs are offered in different capacities to suit your individual needs – we even provide customized training for those who require more specific accommodations. Learn more about the CMM equipment and software training you can receive with CMMXYZ. 

CMMXYZ’S Training Styles

Remote Training

CMMXYZ offers remote training for Absolute (ROMER) Arms and PC-DMIS and PolyWorks software. You can also take your engineering language skills to the next level with our remote one-day Fundamentals of GD&T online course.

We integrate interactive capabilities into our remote training. Our instructors can share their applications and gain consensual, remote access to a student’s computer for more personalized, one-on-one guidance.

With CMMXYZ remote training, you can train personnel anywhere. Access our extensive metrology knowledge in your facility or at home.

We offer remote training for:

  • Polyworks
  • GD&T 
  • Custom


CMMXYZ offers CMM E-Learning Training Programs for those who prefer the flexibility of training at their own pace, in the comfort of their own home.

We offer E-Learning Programs for both PC-DMIS and MODUS training. Our programs include instructional videos that can be used as a reference for future use.

Users can opt to exclusively use our online training or use these programs in combination with our in-classroom training.

Our e-learning is an on-demand, interactive learning experience complete with training videos that can act as a refresher or reference point for future training needs. Get a free trial of any of our e-learning programs:

With our E-Learning Programs, you can optimize your equipment use, cross-train people, remove the travel and cost needed for personal training, train yourself or staff at your convenience, and increase your overall productivity and accuracy.

In Class Training

We offer in-class training programs for various CMM software and operations.

Learn more about the different programs we offer and how you can also use our in-class programs combined with our e-learning courses.

Custom Training

CMMXYZ also offers customized CMM training programs to suit the individual needs of different operators and businesses.

CMMXYZ’s E-Learning Training Programs


PC-DIMS is the world’s leading CMM software. The universal software boasts various capabilities and features, including measuring a wide range of objects ranging from complex automotive components to simple parts.

CMMXYZ offers various PC-DIMS E-Learning Programs for you to choose from based on your current and desired knowledge. The ability to successfully operate and interpret the PC-DIMIS software allows operators to collect, evaluate, manage and present measurements and other manufacturing data.

Learning to Use PC-DMIS Level 1

Course Description: Our Level 1 PC-DMIS E-Learning Program is a beginner course that does not require any prior knowledge of the software. The program acts as a foundation as it provides beginners with a basic understanding of the software and how to interpret measurements to write and execute inspection plans.

Users can expect a curriculum with instructional videos, reference documents, and quizzes to test their knowledge at the end of each segment. You can use any of our training video tutorials as a refresher resource to solve future measurement issues.


  • Startup & User Interface
  • Probing
  • Geometric Features
  • Alignments
  • Dimensioning
  • Position Fundamentals
  • Constructions
  • Using CAD Models
  • Auto Features
  • Legacy & Advanced Dimensioning

Learning to use PC-DMIS Level 2

Course Description: Our Level 2 PC-DMIS E-Learning program builds off the concepts explored in the beginner program to cover additional topics like CAD usage, advanced alignments, and program dimensioning and control.

The course also explores the intricacies of importing CAD parts into PC-DMIS, including fixates, the CMM model, and the measured parts. Like the one before it, this program also includes resources like instructional videos, reference documents, and quizzes to test your knowledge of every segment.


  • Auto Calibrate
  • Using CAD Models
  • Advanced Alignments
  • Dimensioning
  • Program Control

Learning to use PC-DMIS Level 2 (with Analog Scanning)

Course Description: Our advanced Level 2 E-Learning Program for PC-DMIS explores all the topics and concepts explored in the standard level two program, with the addition of analog scanning training. The course covers scanning concepts, including measurement strategies, data filtering, and scanning with or without models for Touch Trigger Probe and Analog Probe users.


  • Advanced Auto Features
  • Touch Trigger Probe Scanning
  • TTP Scanning without a CAD Model
  • TTP Scanning with a CAD Model
  • Analog Scanning (if required)
  • Probe Calibration
  • Scanning without a CAD Model
  • Scanning with a CAD Model
  • Basic Scans
  • Filters

Learning to use PC-DMIS Portable

Description: Our Online PC-DMIS Portable Program provides beginners with a basic understanding of the software and how it applies to the portable arm. Beginners will learn how to interpret measurements to effectively write and execute inspection plans for Portable Arms and learn alignments and probing techniques.

Users can expect countless resources, including videos, reference documents, and quizzes that will still be accessible after the program is over.


  • Introduction to the Absolute Arm (ROMER)
  • Introduction to RDS
  • Using the built in Camera & light (6 axis only)
  • Arm accuracy
  • Calibrating probes
  • RDS Scanning Widget (scanning arms only)
  • RDS Data collector scanner calibration (scanning arms only)
  • Probing Quick check test
  • RDS Quick Measure tools
  • PC-DMIS Configuration
  • Geometric Primitives 1 & 2
  • Arm buttons in PC-DMIS
  • Graphics and the Mouse
  • Command Syntax and editing
  • What are Vector and Cosine Errors

E-Learning: MODUS

MODUS is a widely used CMM software that develops and runs inspection programs. It is best known for supporting the REVO 5-Axis measurement technology and providing pictorial and graphical reporting and traditional text reports.

The MODUS application is user friendly and boasts extensive CAD compatibility, measurement and analysis abilities, and flexible reporting. Consider learning about the software or expanding your existing knowledge with our MODUS E-Learning Programs.

Programming the Renishaw Equator with Modus

The Programming the Renishaw Equator with Modus Program allows users to learn how to create a Modus program to inspect any given part. The course walks users through how to setup a graphical interface in Modus Organizer and covers the basics of alignment construction, measurement, and reporting.

By the time you are done with this course, you will be able to create a MODUS program, measure the geometry of any given part, and know everything you need to know about comparing master and production parts using your equator comparator gauge.


  • The Equator Machine
  • E-Learning for Modus Equator
  • The Equator UCC Server
  • The Structure of a Modus Program
  • The Structure of a Modus Program-Part 2
  • The Science of Part Alignments
  • Reporting
  • Reporting Part-2
  • SQL Admin

Renishaw Equator Operator

Course Description: The Renishaw Equator Operator covers everything you need to know to utilize your Equator comparator gauge for master and production part comparisons. By the end of this curse, users will understand how the equator machine works and its components, how to run programs and troubleshoot errors, and understand its master parts and holding features.


  • The Equator Machine
  • Inspection Process Overview
  • Software Modules Overview
  • The Equator UCC Server Defining a Probe
  • Recover from unexpected touch errors
  • Using Star Cluster and Multi-sphere artifacts
  • Modus Organizer
  • Using RPM
  • Using the Error Recovery Tools
  • The Holding Fixture & The Master Part
  • Equator Cleaning and Maintenance

CMMXYZ’s In Class Training Programs

CMMXYZ offers in-class training programs for those who prefer to learn in a classroom setting. Remember that some of our programs can be done online and in-class depending on your schedule and learning preferences. Learn about the different in-class training programs we offer at our home office.

GD&T Training Programs

GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) is a system for defining engineering tolerances. This system is used by engineers and manufacturers to understand products' relations through engineering drawings and 3D models.

The system is used for nominal geometry and, as a result, plays an essential role in CMM technology and its ability to measure the geometry of objects intricately.

CMMXYZ offers a couple of different GD&T training programs to teach this engineering language to CMM operators and others with similar needs.

One Day Program

CMMXYZ's one-day GD&T program provides an overview of the language in one day-long lesson. The program follows ASME Y14.5 – 2009 standards and focuses on defining common symbols and modifiers in GD&T and interpreting them. 

This course is designed for beginners and will cover high-level GD&T concepts instead of diving into more advanced language elements. This course is also ideal for those who are familiar with the topic and need a simple refresher. 

GD&T Fundamentals

Our GD&T Fundamentals course introduces users to the ASME Y14.5 - 2009 standard. The program focuses on providing a general level of understanding to apply the GD&T language as needed and outlines the importance of GD&T as a whole.

The GD&T Fundamentals course is ideal for anyone with a basic knowledge of GD&T and looking to gain confidence in using it operationally and interpreting specifications.

PC-DMIS Training Programs

All of our E-Learning PC-DMIS Training Programs are also offered in class. We offer courses for those who are brand new to the software and are simply looking to expand their knowledge of the software and how to best use its intricate features.

Our training courses are ideal for building, expanding, and developing your understanding of the widely used CMM software.

PC-DMIS CAD Level 1:

Level: Basic

Duration: 5 Days

Prerequisites: DCC English literacy, basic math, basic computer use


Level: Intermediate

Duration: 3 Days

Prerequisites: PC DMIS CAD Level 1 Course, Basic Trigonometry

PC-DMIS CAD++ Level 1

Level: Basic

Duration: 5

Prerequisites: DCC English literacy, basic mathematics, basic computer use

PC-DMIS CAD++ Level 2

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 4 or 5 days

Prerequisites: DCC PC DMIS Level 1 Course, Basic Trigonometry

PC-DMIS CAD++ Level 3

Level: Advanced

Duration: 5 Days

Prerequisites: PC-DMIS CAD++ Level 2

PC-DMIS Portable

Level: Basic

Duration: 4 Days

Prerequisites: Basic Metrology Knowledge


Level: Advanced

Duration: 3 or 4 Days

Cost: $1197 USD/Person (3 days); $1596 USD/Person (4 days)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of PCs & Windows

Polyworks Training

We offer a range of PolyWorks training programs to suit varying experience levels and time availability.

This training aims to help new PolyWorks users use tools from the PolyWorks|Inspector™ Premium and Standard packages to accurately and successfully inspect parts and obtain scanned or probed data.

Courses Available: 8

Duration: 2 – 7 Days

Cost: Varied

Prerequisites: Basic Metrology for all; PolyWorks Inspector for some

Datapage+ Training

DataPage+ is a popular CMM software that allows CMM operators to collect measurement data from EMS suite programs not limited to PC-DMIS CMM, PC-DMIS Vision, and PC-DMIS Portable. It also allows operators to import this data into different formals to build an automatic Microsoft SQL Database with the findings.

CMM operators love Database +’s ability to consolidate information and keep all relevant measurements and other data obtained by different devices in one place for analysis.

Duration: 1 Day

Cost: US $500 / Person

Prerequisite: Level 1 training experience in your chosen measurement software

Measure-X & MeasureMind Training

  • Measure-X:

MeasureMind® is a 3D multi-sensor metrology software that enables operators to measure the most complex and intricate parts accurately.

Its features include interactive graphical models, selective display features, interactive rotation, one-click panning and zooming, and more.

Duration: 2 Days

Cost: $1000 USD / Person

Prerequisites: Basic Metrology


MeasureMind® is a 3D multi-sensor metrology software that enables operators to accurately measure the most complex and intricate of parts.

Its features include interactive graphical models, selective display features, interactive rotation, one-click panning and zooming, and more.

Duration: 2 Days

Cost: $1000 USD/Person

Prerequisites: Basic Metrology

Additional Training Programs

  • Quindos
  • SmartReport, SmartCAD & MeasureFit

CMM Software Training with CMMXYZ

CMMXYZ offers a wide range of programs to suit varying needs, skill levels, and learning preferences. If you have any specific training requests, we are happy to accommodate them. Contact us using the form attached to the program to indicate the details of your training needs.

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