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Mastercam selects Innovator of the Future

CNC Software, developer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software, announced that the winner of its 2011-2012 Innovator of the Future competition is Zachary Roy, a student at the E. C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain, Conn.

The competition helps introduce students to real-world manufacturing by challenging them to put their own creative twist on a specific part to be judged by a special guest from the manufacturing industry. In the 2011-2012 competition, students designed and machined a guitar bridge to be judged by senior designers from Taylor Guitars. Roy received a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to El Cajon, Calif., for a tour the Taylor Guitars factory.

“There were several entries that exhibited a high level of technical abilities, and it was interesting to see the variety of approaches to satisfying the design question. In the end, it comes down to how elegantly any given design interacts as a component of the guitar package. Zack’s entry was an obvious winner for us, in that it is a simply handsome bridge that we can easily see as that component,” Taylor chief engineer of product development Larry Breedlove said in a statement.

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