Getting in Gear with Washington State University

Mastercam sponsors SAE International student design competitions by providing free software and educational support to participating teams. David Chandler is the lead engineer for Wazzu Racing, Washington State University’s FSAE team. He reached out to give us some information about the team and their recent participation in Formula SAE competition.

David told us that 34 students participated on the team last season. They competed in Formula SAE Michigan in all Static events but were not able to compete in the dynamic events. The team is striving to do better this year, when they attend Formula SAE California.

He shared, “Using Mastercam allows us to efficiently machine parts and save time and tooling cost. Our school has standardized to Mastercam due to its market share, superior toolpaths, and ease of use.”

David continued, “Within our FSAE team, we use Mastercam to maintain interoperability between shop staff and to utilize advanced features like the OptiRough operations, saving our team time. We design all tooling within Mastercam, the superior workflow in this application allows us to easily create then manufacture soft jaws and more advanced fixtures. We use Mastercam for all CAM programming.”

You can follow the progress of Wazzu Racing on the team website, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Many thanks to David for reaching out, and best of luck to the team in the future.

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. Visit our website to learn more about free Mastercam for FSAE participants.

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