Wildest Parts Winners Announced
Each year we invite students across the world to enter our Wildest Parts Competition by simply sending in a project they created over the course of the school year using Mastercam. The winner in each division receives $1,000, second place finishers receive $500, and third place finishers receive $100.
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 this competition. We look forward to displaying the entries at shows throughout the year. Congratulations to the winners!
Paul Araujo, Corona High School, Corona, California (Instructor Eric Lee)
Paul took something he was very familiar with and brainstormed how to improve on the design. He sought to make a board that was durable, light, and low cost. Because the school’s router was too small to machine the entire board at once, Paul designed the toolpaths to run the part in two halves by using an index point. The non-slip fish scale design that eliminated the need for grip tape, along with machining the webbed reinforcing piece are two items that really caught the judges’ eyes. Paul also entered the longboard in the Riverside County Industrial Arts Expo where it won top prize.
1911 Scope Mount
Easton Albert, Hamilton High School, Hamilton, Montana (Instructor Brent Holmes)
Easton wanted to mount a scope on his pistol but the model he owned did not come with a way to do this. So he used the skills he was learning in class to solve the problem. After looking at other pistol scope mounts, he combined the designs into one that would work best for him. After completing the project and ensuring that it would work on his Colt Government 1911, he created a stand to display the mount for entry in this competition.
Ryan Estep, Capital High School, Helena, Montana (Instructor Jim Weber)
Each year, students in Jim Weber’s class at Capital High School create custom fly rods. An avid fisherman, Ryan enjoyed the project so much he decided to design and machine another to enter in the competition. Ryan designed and machined the reel seat and cork handle. The reel seat is comprised of six component parts that must fit together precisely. In creating his part, Ryan used a vertical 3-axis mill with a rotary 4th axis fixture and lathe. Ryan plans to earn a mechanical engineering degree and one day own his own shop.
Post Secondary Division
Robert Busch, Erie Community College, Williamsville, New York (Instructor Nate Witkowski)
This display model of a miniature V8 engine includes block, cylinder sleeves, crankshaft, and oil pan. Robert spent countless hours using this entry as an opportunity to reach well-beyond his comfort zone. He took on a difficult design with a lot of parts that required a good fit. It took multiple setups to machine the block and most of the other parts of this assembly. Robert really committed to making an excellent entry and it shows.
Tie Fighter Model
Alex Truax, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, Wisconsin (Instructor Tim Schmitz)
Alex sought to show that, “CNC machining is more than just making parts from blueprints to hold tight tolerances.” Instead, he wanted to use the Wildest Parts Competition as an opportunity to explore a more artistic approach to this field. As a fan of the Star Wars saga, he decided to create a spaceship model. Alex used multiple operations to create his part including milling, turning, and Rast2Vec. In the end, he created a display piece that certainly shows that you can make artistic parts on CNC machines.
Travel Indicator Jig
Timothy Luckraft, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, Idaho (Instructor Ben Hamlett)
This jig is used to check how square a table saw blade and fence are relative to the miter channel. Ironically, this tool is just what one of our judges has been searching for—a first for the Wildest Parts Competition! Timothy one day hopes to work building his own woodworking machinery and jigs. We were impressed by the amount of work Timothy put into this entry.
Please visit www.mastercam.com/WildestParts for full contest information.