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ECC makes it a “great eight” at Mastercam design competition
For the past seven years, students
of Erie Community College’s exemplary Industrial Technology Program have
enjoyed an award-winning presence on the national stage of Mastercam’s Wildest
Parts design competition. This year, they continued what has now become an
annual tradition of design dominance.
In a field open to students from nearly 75,000
schools around the country, ECC’s David Chrapa and Tom McDonough notched first
and second place overall as the college’s participants once again mastered the
decades-old contest’s Postsecondary Division. This is the eighth year in-a-row
that an ECC student has been awarded either first, second or third place in the
event, which challenges students enrolled in Mastercam courses to create a
unique, original design using Mastercam software.
Lancaster native Chrapa earned first place for his
Ferris Wheel project, one that he made as a working model that
his kids might enjoy. In order to create this rotating apparatus, David did
much of his designing within SOLIDWORKS and brought his CAD files into
Mastercam. He created some of his own fixtures and used a mill, a lathe, and a
waterjet, with some components being machined first on the
waterjet and then on the mill.
Eden resident McDonough took second prize for his
Model 3 Steam/Air Engine, which can actually run on 1psi of air/steam, but can
also withstand 90+psi. In creating this part, Tom learned a lot about feeds and speeds of
different materials, making fixtures, and how to run Mastercam efficiently. In all, he estimates that
he invested 70‐80 hours into machining the
model along with many more hours invested in designing and programming the
This victory is the latest achievement for an ECC
Industrial Technology Program that is leading the way in Western New York
advanced manufacturing by providing trained graduates to answer the region’s
dire need for skilled laborers, manufacturers and technicians. Its enrollment
has surged over the past decade and is now utilizing state-of-the-art training
labs and advanced equipment for students eager to enter the area’s expanding
New Equipment Purchased through Perkins Grant
The Industrial Technology department has received a Perkins Grant to purchase 4 new Lathes, 4 new milling machines, and a VF3 CNC Mill. The new Lathes will allow ECC to greatly enhance the IT121 Machine Tools I Course, with some curriculum revisions, resulting in higher student outcomes. In addition, the department has purchased 5 Fanuc CNC Simulators. Syracuse Supply has matched ECC’s purchased of the 5 simulators by donating five simulators to the college. These simulators are dual in nature, providing simulation for both CNC Mill and Lathe simulation. The Fanuc simulators have long been requested by industry to enhance the program by offering valuable industry experience to our students. These simulators will be utilized in 3 different courses within the department. IT102 CNC Mill Programming, IT103 CNC Lathe Programming, and IT202 Advanced CNC.
Joining the Machining/Manufacturing Alliance
The Machining/Manufacturing Alliance is open to all. If you would like to join, please complete the membership form or contact Nate Witkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (716) 270-5896.