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Mastercam Machining contest for young adults offers money, travel to US space centre

Editor: Eric Culp

This year, the featured area is optics.

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Optics play a key role in a range of applications, including the exploration of other planets on vehicles such as this Mars rover.
Optics play a key role in a range of applications, including the exploration of other planets on vehicles such as this Mars rover.
(Source: CNC Software)

Mastercam CAD/CAM software supplier CNC Software has announced that the 2014 Mastercam Innovator of the Future (IOF) competition is underway.

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The company said the contest is designed to entice students and young adults with a real-world manufacturing challenge, industry judges, and a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to the US Kennedy Space Center. “The competition provides instructors with a powerful motivational tool to get students excited about learning CAD/CAM and the manufacturing process,” the company said.

This year, students are to modify and machine an optic mirror design, the company explained, and contestants have two options: they can alter the supplied part file to lower weight while maintaining structural integrity, or they can get creative with the part file and use an area of the mirror to express themselves.

A team of experts at the US-based Optimax in Ontario, New York will judge the entries. The company builds optics for breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics, CNC Software said.

Contestants receive an exclusive Mastercam IOF shirt, the company said. The winner, along with a $1,000 check, also earns a seat of Mastercam Mill Level 1 software and travel for two to Florida to visit the Kennedy Space Center with CNC Software and Optimax.

To win, the part must be programmed with a licensed copy of Mastercam software. The deadline for entries and contest paperwork is 15 May, 2014. Rules can be found here.

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