An Expenses-Paid Trip to Kennedy Space Center for Engineering Talents

2014 Innovator of the Future Competition Heading to Space

Mastercam and Optimax, builders of the optics behind the latest technologies in aerospace, are teaming up this year to challenge
students to design and machine a part associated with the NASA Curiosity Rover.

Competition restrictions/guidelines: Contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 25 years old and have access to a machine shop to cut their entry part.

Prizes for this IOF competition include:

  • $1,000 plus a FREE seat of Mastercam Mill Level 1
  • An expenses-paid trip for the winner and a guest to the Kennedy Space Center

IOF Competition

This year’s competition challenges students and young adults to design and machine a mirror from the Rover. You have a couple options for designing this mirror: Read more »

INTERNATIONAL ENGINE OF THE YEAR

An impeccable 1.0-liter three cylinder EcoBoost engine was named the 2013 International Engine of the Year, marking the second consecutive year it has done so. The engine also took home the highest score in the history of the awards, along with a “Best Engine Under 1.0-liters” category.

 

The tiny engine packs a respectable punch for its size, producing 123 hp and 148 lb-ft or torque (Specs may be different pending specific model the engine is in).

International Engine Of the Year

The award is determined by 87 automotive journalists from 35 countries, judging based on drivability, performance, economy and refinement.

The engine also won the International Paul Pietcsh Award 2013 for technological innovation, Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics and the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain.

 

Do you think making this type of engine would have been possible without a CAD Software?

These Types of Engines definitely needs a CAD Software to design from its conceptual idea to manufacturing Job. SolidWorks can be used to design these types of engines efficiently like its crank cases,gear Wheels , cavities etc… using its user friendly features like sweep, loft etc… SIM Technologies Pvt Ltd is an authorized reseller for SolidWorks . 

Is CAD/CAM Technology a Challenge for Students?

 

Q1. Why it is important for mechanical students to know about fundamentals of CNC programming applications?

Unlike CAD, understanding CAM is Critical and Challenging. Cad is more widely used on virtual platform (Computers). Whereas CAM is more about converting the CAD model into reality, where u need to understand the behaviour of CNC machines and have a good knowledge of cutting tools. Any small error can result in collision of machine, breakage of tools, Job Wastage, Human accidents.

 

Mastercam 5-Axis Training

Q2. What is expected from a Fresher in an Industry with respect to CAD/ CAM?

The biggest expectation from a fresher in a CAD/CAM industry is that they are expected to have the basic knowledge on design concept fundamentals and CAM Fundamentals. Good knowledge on any CAD/CAM software tools is appreciable. A certification directly from CADCAM software developing companies will be an added advantage.

“CAD/CAM” has become a single catchall phrase for two very different processes; modeling and machining a part. Industries are looking for candidates who have knowledge on CAD & CAM, as the powerful integrated CAM software available in today’s CAD users.

 

Q3. Are Students ready for 5-Axis Machining?

Two decades back Industries where reluctant to move from manual programming to CNC programming and today most of the companies to stay ahead in competition moved from traditional method to conventional machining technique with the help of CAD/CAM technology. Gone are the days of manual programming and investment in the latest technology is a requirement to stay on the top and compete effectively.

Machinists think they don’t have 5-axis work. In reality every workshop has work that would benefit from a 5-axis machine, because a 5-axis machining center facilitates 5-sided machining. So, even if you don’t have simultaneous 5-axis work, such as impellers or turbines, the parts you are producing on your 3-axis machines will be more profitable when you use 5-sided machining on a 5-axis machining center.

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Mastercam “Innovator Of Future 2014” Competition is Headed to Space

Keep yourself Occupied this Winter Holidays.

 

SIMTEK Authorised Dealer for Mastercam software in India is proud to announce the Innovator of Future Competition for young Engineering Students across the World.

 

Mastercam and Optimax, builders of the optics behind the latest technologies in aerospace, have teamed up to challenge young engineers to design and machine a part associated with the NASA Curiosity Rover.

Competition restrictions/guidelines:
Entrants must be between the ages of 16 and 25 years old and have access to a machine shop to cut their entry part.

Prizes for this competition include:

  • $1,000 plus a FREE seat of Mastercam Mill Level 1
  • An expenses-paid trip for the winner and a guest to the Kennedy Space Center.

 

 

 

This year’s competition challenges students and young adults to design and machine a mirror from the Rover.There are a couple options for designing this mirror:The mirror can be machined it as-is, and be creative on the underside (add a logo, a picture, etc.).The mirror design can be modified with a goal of making it lighter, but still retain its structure and use.

The part will be judged by a team of experts at Optimax. If you know a student or young adult, encourage them to enter the 2014 IOF competition. Here’s a little video teaser that explains more:

For more information on IOF including part specifications and to download the official entry form, please visit www.mastercam.com/iof. Read more »

DesignACE 2013

The fifth edition of DesignACE, DesignACE 2013 – South India’s largest engineering design contest for students, successfully drew to a close on the day of the Grand Finale last Saturday, September 21, 2013.

Winners

  • Students from Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering & Technology, Coimbatore won the 1st Prize with cash award of Rs.40,000 for their Foldable Car Project.
  • Students from Sona College of Technology, Salem won the 2nd prize with cash award of Rs.30,000 for their Multi-purpose Wheel Chair and
  • Students from KCG College of Technology, Chennai won the 3rd Prize with cash award of Rs.20,000 for their Regenerative shock Absorber project.

DesignACE 2013 Model Mania Contest

Chief Guest

The Grand Finale was presided over by Mr. S. Rajendran, Chief Marketing Officer, Acer India Pvt Ltd. His keynote address resonated with the audience with some of the highlights particularly hitting home that included the reference to design being relegated to “professional priesthood in the past”, the Red Dot Design award and Acer, and also the flexible walker designed by a school student especially with regard to the climbing of stairs. Read more »