Mastercam’s Innovator of the Future Competition Heads to Space

Mastercam’s IOF 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. For the 2013-2014 competition, students designed and machined an aerospace mirror similar in design and function to mirrors that are used in industry-leading space-borne and technology projects, and were judged by Optimax, the company that makes the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. The winner, Ryan Jacquemin of Torrington, CT, received a $1,000 check for school expenses, Mastercam software, and a trip to Florida to visit the Kennedy Space Center. Watch as Rick, Ryan, and his father share their great experience. For more information on this competition, please visit