Creative machining Wildest Parts Competition: Mastercam announces winners
CAD/CAM company Mastercam has announced the 2022 Wildest Parts Competition winners. The competition is held each year to encourage student interest and participation in manufacturing.
Each year, Mastercam opens its Wildest Parts Competition to students at the secondary and postsecondary levels to create parts demonstrating creativity and technical skill using the company’s software. The Wildest Parts Competition also has a division for professional users to enter parts they created.
Peter Mancini, Product Manager, Education at Mastercam said: “There are so many talented and dedicated teachers, and the quality and originality of their students’ work with Mastercam is both amazing and inspiring. The professional division lets instructors and machinists think outside the box and push their Mastercam skills to make something extraordinary.”
In the Educational Division, a team from Vincennes University, Indiana, submitted a working electric skateboard. The project started out as a simple personal project until their instructor approached them about entering it into the competition! The students designed and manufactured everything on the board except for the electronics. Second place went to a team from National Xinying Industrial Vocational High School, Taiwan, who designed a violin. They wanted to design a product that would change the ‘cold’ impression that people have of the manufacturing industry, so they created a violin that is full of enthusiasm and warmth. Third place went to Kwan Syn Yen from National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan), who submitted a combination/master lock in the shape of an end-mill, paying tribute to CNC manufacturing.
In the Professional Division, David Berry from Southwestern Illinois College submitted a turbocharged impeller, which was created to push his skills and complete a part that was beyond his current knowledge. David always wanted to cut an impeller, so he designed a desk piece that featured a twelve-blade, large wheel compressor design. Tzu-Wen, Chen from Taichung Municipal Taichung Industrial High School (Taiwan) tied for 2nd place by submitting a squirrel family. Mastercam and a 5-axis machine were used to make the squirrel, and the squirrel was a reminder to everyone living on the campus about the importance of ecological development and sustainability. Guan-Jun Fang from Taichung-Changhua-Nantou Regional Branch of the Ministry of Labor’s Workforce Development Agency (Taiwan) also tied for 2nd place by submitting a rocket which consists of a basic, body, and connector and were all made on a Turning and Milling center out of aluminum.