CNC Software’s Educational Competition Was a Success

Industry Leader’s "Innovator of the Future" Contest Brings Great Results

Tolland, CT – CNC Software Inc., manufacturer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, just completed their first national competition aimed at exciting students about the manufacturing industry. CNC Software’s Educational Division launched the "Innovator of the Future" (IOF) competition last year with the help of some industry heavy hitters and the competition was a great success.

The IOF contest will focus on selecting a judge from the motor sport industry. The contest gives one lucky student an opportunity of a lifetime, and helps introduce students to real-world manufacturing by asking them to produce a specific part that will be judged by a special guest from the manufacturing industry. CNC Software is excited to bring experienced manufacturers in as judges. The first guest for the 2005 competition was Boyd Coddington, of Discovery Channel’s "American Hot Rod," the legendary hot-rod builder and designer. The theme for that year’s contest was a Hot Rod wheel ¼ scale size: 17 x 9.5 with back spacing of 4.5, and Boyd was the honorary judge to jump-start the contest.

Zac Frame, from Vincennes University was the winner of the first annual contest. Boyd judged many wheels that were submitted, but Zac’s was his favorite. Zac and his instructor, Doug Bowman, got an all expenses paid trip to California to visit Boyd’s shop and attend the Westec show. Zac got to work at the Student Summit put on by the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and told all the students about his wheel and his experience with Boyd and the IOF contest. Zac also received a $1000 scholarship to the school of his choice for winning the contest.

The next contest is beginning in January, 2006, and the hot rod part to be made is a ¼ scale size Monster Truck shock for Grave Digger. CNC Software is proud to present Pablo Huffaker, driver and builder of the Grave Digger XVI, as the next industry judge for the contest. Pablo knows monster trucks and he designed and built Grave Digger XVI and Blacksmith. This season he races Blacksmith in the Monster Truck nationals and won third place overall.

Rules for the 2006 IOF contest are currently being worked on and will be available soon.

Mastercam is the most widely-used CAM software in the Educational market due to its ease of use, power, and flexibility. Students make amazing things with Mastercam, and now they can enter a national competition for the chance to gain real-world experience and get their part prominently displayed in CNC Software’s booth at an upcoming trade show.

For more information about CNC Software’s Educational Division, or the Innovator of the Future contest, go to

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About Mastercam
Developed by CNC Software, Inc., Mastercam is Windows-based CAD/CAM software for 2- through 5-axis milling and turning; 2- and 4-axis wire EDM; 2D and 3D design, surface, and solid modeling; and 2D and 3D routing. CNC Software is a privately owned corporation founded in 1984. The U.S.-based company provides Mastercam CAD/CAM solutions to more than 80,000 installations in 75 countries in industries including mold-making, prototyping, automotive, aerospace, and consumer products. Mastercam runs under Windows 2000 and Windows XP and is compatible with all other CAD/CAM systems. For more information about CNC Software, Inc. and its Mastercam family of products, contact CNC Software, Inc., M - F, 8 AM - 6 PM EST at (800) 228-2877 or (860) 875-5006, 671 Old Post Road, Tolland, CT 06084. Or visit

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