The competition is open to students at the secondary and post-secondary levels in the USA to create parts demonstrating creativity and technical skill using Mastercam. The Wildest Parts Competition also has a division for professional Mastercam users to enter parts they created.
“We always look forward to seeing all the entries we receive for Wildest Parts,” said Peter Mancini, product manager, education at Mastercam. “There are so many talented and dedicated teachers, and the quality and originality of their students’ work with Mastercam is inspiring.”
In the Secondary Division, Wes Bruski from Capital High School, Montana, submitted a domino and dice cup game set. Wes and his family have always enjoyed games, so Wes had the idea to make a custom set of dominos and dice cup.
Wes made the prototypes out of wood, then machined the final set. He enjoyed every second of this project and learned so much about machining throughout the process. Second place went to Cadogan Wheat from Hamilton High School, Montana, who designed a model of a padlock.
In the Postsecondary Division, Gus Bronk from Washington State University submitted a keyboard. Gus wanted to design and machine a unique keyboard from exotic materials. The main case is machined from a Boeing Surplus Forged billet of 2000 series aluminum from the 1970s. This project contained the largest single part and the most parts Gus has ever machined and assembled.
He learned a lot more features in Mastercam while making this part. Jim Courtney from Erie Community College, New York, placed 2nd with a working carousel, and Jonathan Hughes from Erie Community College came in 3rd with a marble machine.
In the Teams Division, Wrindy Hauser’s team from Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan submitted Thor’s hammer. The team members belong to a machinist apprenticeship program at GRCC. In making Thor’s hammer, they said they wanted to make something that gets people excited about machining.
When anyone looks at their project, they are going to think it’s awesome and want to learn how to make it! Jiao-Hao Wun’s teammates from Vanung University, Taiwan, placed 2nd with their modern museum. Ming-Yang Chen’s team from Vanung University placed 3rd with their robot.
In the Professional Division, Andy Beach from Grand Rapids Community College submitted Ironman, which was created to test out a brand new UMC 500 Haas Mill where Andy works. The machine was the first 5- axis machine installed at Grand Rapids Community College.
Andy wanted to give the machine a thorough test by machining a multi-axis part that would push the size constraints of the machine. David Berry from Southwestern Illinois College placed 2nd with a dodecahedron of Mastercam toolpaths, and PUTEN PLUS came in 3rd with a wireless charging disc.
Every participant receives a Mastercam t-shirt, and the winning entrants receive cash awards, certificates, and other prizes for entering the competition. Even as this year’s winners are announced, it’s time for teachers, students, and professionals to start thinking about what they will submit for the 2022 Wildest Parts Competition.
For more information on Mastercam’s Wildest Parts Competition, please visit https://www.mastercam.com/en-us/Competitions/WildestParts.