Precision Machining Project in Parts Design Competition

February 4, 2020
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The Precision Machining Class of 2018-2019 built a whimsical toy as a group project based on a series of common, real-world applications.  That project has been entered into this year’s Phillips Machinist Cutting Edge Parts Competition.  The competition allows anyone to download an app online and vote for their favorite entry.  Voting is open THROUGH THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7.

All of last year’s students participated in some way on the cooperative team project.  Each student was assigned at least one responsibility and was required to manufacture 13 units of a component, in an effort to mimic a real-world workplace setting.

The 2018-2019 students involved with the project were:

Austin Ayers – Conestoga Valley SD
Peyton Baker – Cocalico SD
William (Buck) Critchfield – Cocalico SD
Hunter Hornig – Lampeter-Strasburg SD
Katelynn Lewis – Solanco SD
McKenna Maher – Lancaser Catholic/Donegal SD
Rebekah Mang – Manheim Central
Nicholas Morgan – Warwick SD
William Nolt – Hempfield SD
Amos Smucker – Cocalico SD
Maxwell Wetzel – Elizabethtown SD
Cameron Yoder – Pequea Valley SD

Precision Machining Instructor Kyle Young said that the students made 13 complete assemblies, each consisting of about 15 components.  He said that everything was designed to replicate a real-world workplace project, including incorporating a planning schedule and delivery deadline.  He said that this project used many of the skills the students had practiced already, as well as some additional challenging tasks.

(Click here to go to a short YouTube video of the marble machine in action.)

“I designed the marble machine with my motto of ‘tools you can use or toys you can play with’ in mind,” explained Young.  He added that he and the students created the project with no knowledge of the current competition.  He said a representative from Haas Automation invited them to submit an entry.

Now the class needs votes to compete in the contest.  Click on the link below to view instructions on how to vote for the LCCTC Precision Machining class project.

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