Wildest Parts Competition Winners

The Mastercam Wildest Parts Competition challenges students to design and machine something new and different. Students can send in anything they have made during the school year that meets the competition standards. The competition is open to students from any school worldwide using a licensed copy of Mastercam.


  • Everyone who enters receives a Mastercam T-shirt.
  • The overall winners in each the secondary and postsecondary divisions receive $1,000. Their instructors receive $100 vouchers to www.iMastercamStore.com. In addition, the winners and instructors each receive a Mastercam Wildest Parts plaque.
  • Second place winners each receive $500. Their instructors receive $75 vouchers to www.iMastercamStore.com.
  • Third place winners each receive $100. Their instructors receive $50 vouchers to www.iMastercamStore.com.

We are always delighted to see what students have been working on during the school year and look forward to the day when Wildest Parts entries start arriving. Thank you to the entrants and their instructors for participating in the 2012-2013 competition. We look forward to displaying the entries at shows throughout the year.

Secondary Division

1st Place
Compressed Air Engine
Chad Lisle, Green Country Tech Center, Okmulgee, Oklahoma (Instructor Jerry Logan)
This is a great high school project. Chad started with the basic design and added machining a gear with tapered spokes for a base and the feature we liked best, the spoked flywheel with letters machined on a cylinder that spell Mastercam.

2nd Place
Bike Stem
Brock Holmes, Hamilton High School, Hamilton, Montana (Instructor Brent Holmes)
One of the things we encourage students to do is to analyze a part and then design a better one. This is exactly what Brock did when he created his mountain bike stem. In addition to making his own design, he also did a high degree of polishing that we don’t often see in high school projects. It pays to stick with it until the job is done. He also made a nice display stand with multiple wood species. Nice touch.

3rd Place
1/25 Scale Semi-Truck Model
Ian Manche, South Technical High School, Chesterfield, Missouri (Instructor Bob Arcipowski)
At Mastercam, we also encourage students to find ways to combine their interests in manufacturing with their other interests by creating an applicable project. Ian did just that when he made this model vehicle. At first glance, the design looks fairly simple but upon closer examination just the work that went into the front fender assembly caught our attention. The process turned out to be an educational experience.

Postsecondary Division

1st Place
½ Scale Cylinder Head

Sean Johnson, Renton Technical College, Renton, Washington (instructor Francisco Martinez)
This entry is clearly this year’s winner! He used contour, drill, pocket, and surface toolpaths on a complex, multi-fixture part. In all, the entry is comprised of over 50 individual parts, each one featuring exceptional machining.

2nd Place
Bearingless BMX Pedals

Arthur O’Leary, Erie Community College, Williamsville, New York (Instructor Nate Witkowski)
This is another complex entry featuring contour, pocket, drill, and surface toolpaths. The machining quality is also high, working through multiple set ups. Lathe was used for the spindles, with left- and right-hand threads and nuts. These are very nice pedals that spin freely on brass bushings with good quality workmanship.

3rd Place
Face Study

Kevin Nicholls, Erie Community College, Williamsville, New York (Instructor Nate Witkowski)
This was an interesting entry, cutting an entire full-scale human head out of aluminum. The surface roughing and finishing were done on a 4-axis mill. Kevin had a number of obstacles to overcome during this process, manipulating the surface, orienting the head to the best angle, etc. The end result is impressive.

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