Two CNC Machining students from SUNY Erie Community College
have placed in the 2019 Mastercam Wildest Parts Competition, the College
announced today. Mastercam, an industry leader in Computer Numerical Control
(CNC) software since 1983, challenges high school and college students, as well
as professionals to create an original item using Mastercam software while
letting their imagination go wild in this annual competition.
Under the direction of SUNY Erie Associate Professor Nate
Witkowski, CNC students Colin May and Ryan Speidel were eager for the chance to
compete using their backgrounds as the inspiration for their work. “Both
students drew from their personal experience to create parts that have meaning
to them,” Witkowski said. “Their winning designs are a great example of
students applying classroom knowledge to a real world practical application.”
May earned first place in the Postsecondary Division with
his aluminum V8 engine block. Coming from a family that has been in the
manufacturing industry for more than 50 years, May has long had an interest in
creating an aluminum engine block.
An avid rider, Speidel earned a third-place finish in the
Postsecondary Division with his BMX stem. He long had a goal to create bike
parts that were the perfect combination of strength and weight. Speidel credits
his knowledge of the Mastercam software to help him to accomplish that.
May and Speidel’s winning designs will be featured in
Mastercam’s booth at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
CareerTech VISION conference in Anaheim, CA later this year.
May and Speidel each earned a cash prize along with Mastercam
Entry with Art software and a certificate. May will also receive a plaque
for his first-place finish.