SEMA Roars to the Finish Line
Fast and Furious
It was a quick four days, but the checkered flag came down on SEMA, the world’s premiere automotive specialty products show. Especially exciting this year was the number of shops starting to do their own machining. We had some great conversations about the best way to approach different types of cutting, and even had current Mastercam users explain the value of Dynamic motion to people new to the field.
New NHRA Manifold Unveiled
Mastercam representatives don’t just know the software, they master it. This newly NHRA-approved 446 engine intake manifold will be running in top fuel funny cars next year. It was 100% designed and programmed with Mastercam by our California reseller CAD/CAM CONSULTING SERVICES INC. Unveiled for the first time at the Mastercam booth, it addresses a backfiring problem by opening up the burst area. The pressure is relieved to reduce the size of the explosion, and if it does explode, the manifold has been designed so the top plate breaks free, decreasing the chance that the lower block cracks and floods with oil, spilling it onto the track.
Partnering for Better Performance
Hass Automation was doing live-cutting throughout the show, spotlighting a Mastercam-programmed throttle body. We brought one of the finished pieces to the signing line of NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray for an autograph. Stay tuned – we might just be giving it out to a lucky Mastercam user.
As you can guess, we spent a lot of time looking at some amazing automotive engineering. Everything from hybrid-conversion classic cars and 100% engraved roadsters to concept vehicles and treaded SUVs were on display. But one car that we took particular pride in is one that won the 24-hour Le Mans, powered by Mastercam partner Roush Yates Engines.
One of the best things about any trade show is seeing the amazing craftsmanship of Mastercam users. Quinn Morris stopped in to show us a personal project completely unrelated to cars – and we loved it. Take a look at his stunning Celtic-inspired fantasy Warhammer.
You can see more of our posts from SEMA here. See you next year at SEMA 2017!