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:

  • Machine it “as-is” and be creative on the underside (add a logo, a picture, etc.)
  • Try to modify the design with a goal of making the mirror lighter, but still retain its structure and use

The part will be judged by a team of experts at Optimax. If you are between the ages of 16 and 25, it’s time to get started. If you know a student or young adults, please encourage them to enter this competition.


As SIM Technologies Pvt Ltd is the authorized reseller for Mastercam, scholars can get assistants to participate in IOF Competition. Visit us: or Via


For more information on IOF including part specifications and to download the official entry form, please visit


We also have a special IOF Classroom Kit that includes a competition prospectus, a poster to hang in your classroom, flyers to hang around your school, and IOF magnets for your machines. To request your IOF Classroom Kit, please email with your name, school name, school address, phone number, and the number of students in your program.