Getting in Gear with The University of Akron

Mastercam sponsors SAE International student design competitions by providing free software and educational support to participating teams. John Milbrandt, Manufacturing Lead with Zips Racing, the SAE team at The University of Akron, recently shared some information about the team’s past season of competition.

Zips Racing included thirty students competing in Formula SAE Michigan, Formula North, Formula Student Austria, and Formula Student Germany. Here are the outcomes of those competitions:

  • Formula SAE Michigan: 6th place out of 113 teams.
  • Formula North: 9th place out of 35 teams.
  • Formula Student Austria: 21st place out of 30 teams.
  • Formula Student Germany: 14th out of 60 teams.

John said Mastercam was easy and intuitive for new programmers to learn. Zips Racing used Mastercam primarily as the team’s go-to CAM software. The Wheel Center, pictured here, is an example of parts created using Mastercam.

ZR18 Wheel Center Mastercam Toolpaths

ZR18 Wheel Center Machined

You can check out their activities and keep up with the students on this year’s Zips Racing team by visiting their website and following the team on Facebook and Instagram.

As part of our commitment to the future of manufacturing, Mastercam supports many educational initiatives and competitions to encourage student interest in technical disciplines. Student competitions like SAE International give students the chance to apply their knowledge and gain practical skills in design, engineering, and manufacturing.

Thanks to John for reaching out, and congratulations to Zips Racing at The University of Akron on an excellent past season! Best of luck in the year ahead.