Are you the next Innovator of the Future?

The 2012 Mastercam Innovator of the Future competition challenges students to design and machine a bridge and saddle for a full-sized, six-stringed acoustic guitar, to be judged by a team of experts from world-renowned guitar manufacturer Taylor Guitars in El Cajon, California.


  • Everyone who enters receives an exclusive Mastercam IOF shirt.
  • The winner receives a $1,000.00 scholarship to a school of their choice.
  • The winner and their instructor receive a trip to El Cajon, California to tour the Taylor Guitar headquarters.
  • The winner and the school each receive a Mastercam IOF plaque.
  • The winner’s instructor receives an exclusive Mastercam IOF shirt.

The Celebrity Judge:
Taylor Guitars co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Lustig know a thing or two about humble beginnings and the value of innovation and determination. Founded in 1974, Taylor Guitars went through a number of lean years before taking off. Since then, Taylor and Lustig have become the only American luthiers in the last 100 years to take an acoustic guitar company from a two-man shop to a production-level manufacturer without relinquishing ownership or creative control.

One of the first things to set Taylor Guitars apart in the market was their bolt-on neck that allowed guitars to be adjusted quickly, easily, and, most importantly, inexpensively. Taylor soon earned a reputation as pioneers in the industry. They were among the first to integrate computer technology, lasers, and other high-tech tools and machinery. A unique blend of technology and traditional craftsmanship earned Taylor guitars a reputation for being the best sounding and easiest to play in the world.

Today, Taylor is the guitar of choice for many leading musicians including Dave Matthews, Zac Brown, Taylor Swift, and Jason Mraz.

For more information, go to www.taylorguitars.com

Judging Criteria:
All entries are judged on accuracy, creativity, and cleanliness of the part among other criteria, including:
Originality – Does the design exhibit both mechanical and aesthetic creativity?
Functionality – Does it function properly?
Aesthetics – Does the design add visual appeal?
Quality of Workmanship – Does the entry showcase exceptional workmanship?

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