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SUNY Erie Community College Students Place in National Competition

Article by: Paula Sandy

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.

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