Mastercam CAM system developer CNC Software (Tolland, Connecticut) says its 2009-2010 Mastercam Innovator of the Future (IOF) competition will entice students with a real-world manufacturing challenge, celebrity judges and a chance to win a scholarship and a trip to a NASCAR team headquarters. The national competition is intended to provide instructors with a motivational tool to get students excited to learn about CAD/CAM and the manufacturing process.
The challenge for this year’s entries is to design and machine a NASCAR-style gear shift lever and knob. Entries will be judged by three members of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Stewart-Haas Racing: CNC shop manager Brad Harris and drivers Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman. Criteria to be considered in selecting a winner includes innovation and creativity, accuracy, part finish quality and aesthetics. In addition to a $1,000 scholarship to the school of his or her choice, the winner will receive an expense-paid trip to the Stewart-Haas Racing headquarters and machine shop in Kannapolis, North Carolina. All entries and completed entry forms must be received by March 31.
For more information about the competition and how to submit an entry, visit www.mastercam.com/iof.