Announcing the Winners of Our 2018 Wildest Parts Competition

Our Wildest Parts Competition is an annual event for individual students, teams, and instructors at the secondary (high school) and post-secondary levels to submit the clever parts they created over the school year. Even as we announce this year’s winners, it’s time for teachers and students to start thinking about what they will submit for our 2019 Wildest Parts Competition, before the June 28 deadline.

Every participant receives a Mastercam t-shirt, and the winning students receive cash awards while their instructors are given vouchers to iMastercamStore.com. First-place winners and instructors in the secondary and post-secondary categories also receive an award plaque. At the post-secondary level, winners receive Mastercam® Mill Entry with Art, while their instructors are given an Educational copy of Mastercam with Art and Multiaxis (or an update to an existing copy).


A special thank you to the Gene Haas Foundation for generously supporting the Wildest Parts Competition. The Gene Haas Foundation will be awarding scholarships for continuing education: $1,500 for 1st place, $750 for 2nd place, and $250 for 3rd place.
Without further ado, here are the winners of our 2018 Wildest Parts Competition:

Secondary Division

1st Place – Spiral Didgeridoo – Caelen DeVall – Hamilton High School – Instructor Brent Holmes
A didgeridoo is a large wind instrument, typically between one and two meters in length which is long and hard to transport. Caelen plays the didgeridoo and owns one that is 1.1 meters long. He wanted a more compact instrument to bring around with him. So, his idea was to design a more efficiently spaced didgeridoo that has been wrapped to fit into a smaller space and function as an instrument. He applied Mastercam’s Dynamic OptiRough toolpath for the inside of the instrument and applied both rough and finish toolpaths for the outside.

2nd Place – Fly Tying Kit – Grayson Weber – Capital High School – Instructor Jim Weber
Grayson is a lifelong fisherman and made a complete fly tying kit that fits into a box, providing everything needed to tie flies for fly fishing. The vice was made out of aluminum and anodized to match the Mastercam logo. The wooden cabinet features Mastercam Art on the lid and sides. The pockets within the drawers feature custom fitted compartments for hooks, feathers, dubbing, and thread; all the materials you would need for tying flies. Grayson learned a lot about 4-axis machining and how to machine long parts, as well as Mastercam Art.

3rd Place – Dirt Bike Pegs – Zane King – Capital High School – Instructor Jim Weber
Zane decided to make dirt bike foot pegs, because he loves dirt biking and wanted a custom, one-of-a-kind part for his dirt bike. The part was machined on a 3-axis machine, so Zane had to figure out how to machine the different angles on the pegs on the 3-axis machine. The next challenge was figuring out in what order to machine the different sides. He had to rotate the part five times during machining, each time making sure the origin was right, as well as all the tools and tool offsets. Zane said he learned that there is a lot of things going on with machining the pegs, even for a small part. He also noted that although there were a lot of difficulties, if you keep working, you can sooner or later make it work out!

Postsecondary Division


1st Place – Vacuum Engine – Andrew Nicosia – Erie Community College – Instructor Nathan Witkowski
Andrew wanted to challenge himself with a complex machining project for his Advanced CNC class. This engine is designed to run off a butane or propane torch held in front of the small hole in the top of the cylinder. There are 24 different parts in this assembly, and a total of 32 mill programs and 5 lathe programs to create the engine. Andrew learned how to push the machine and cutting tools to their limits in Mastercam. He achieved the best surface finish possible and created parts as fast as possible without breaking tools or throwing parts off the vise. He says that Mastercam took his abilities to a whole other level and showed him what he is truly capable of making.

2nd Place – Gorilla Face – Sam Galliart– Pittsburg State University – Instructor Jordan Backs
Sam has recently been exploring the world of investment casting. This inspired him to produce his very own injection mold for use on the manufacturing department’s injection wax machine. Pittsburg State University’s mascot is a gorilla named Gus, who is the star of Sam’s project! Sam started with a 14″ tall solid wood carving of a gorilla bust. From there, he made a silicon mold and produced cast concrete and composite parts. Sam has also machined a couple smaller molds for bottle openers with a 1″ gorilla face on them, as well as other parts. Sam said this was a challenging project, and he had to explore an area of manufacturing outside his normal work.

These winning parts will be packed up for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) CareerTech VISION conference in San Antonio, Texas, where they will be displayed proudly in our Mastercam booth. The parts will spend the rest of the school year traveling to other trade shows and conferences such as the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) conference in Atlanta, Georgia.


If you are a student or instructor interested in competing in the 2019 Wildest Parts Competition, read the rules and download the entry form here and email WildestParts@mastercam.com with any questions.