CNC Software, developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, has announced the winner of its 2010-2011 Innovator of the Future (IOF) competition: Scott Harrel, a student in the Computer Integrated Machining Technology program at Rowan Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, North Carolina.
The IOF competition is designed to introduce students to real-world manufacturing by challenging them to put their own creative twist on a specific part to be judged by a special guest from the manufacturing industry. For the 2010-2011 competition, students designed and machined a working guitar capo.
Mr. Harrel’s winning entry, a capo that doesn’t use a spring, won him a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to CNC Software’s world headquarters in Tolland, Connecticut, where he met Mark Summers, company president, as well as Jim Quinn, Orange County Choppers’ Lead Engineer and Machinist, who was visiting CNC Software for their open house.In the documentation accompanying the entry, Mr. Harrel explained how the competition helped them to improve his Mastercam and machining skills. He researched capos and worked with numerous designs before coming up with a shape and movement that didn’t use a spring. Although a capo made of brass is a little heavy, Scott chose that material because of the look of the polished brass with the engraved scroll work.