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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

3D pumpkin carving could scare up more interest in manufacturing

The Windsor Star/Sharon Hill

What better way to get young people interested in manufacturing than to pop a pumpkin in a $180,000 tool and die machine and carve a 3D version of Frankenstein?

It blows away cutting triangle eyes out with a knife on a kitchen table.

The CNC vertical mill that usually makes parts from plastic or steel was spinning at 8,000 revolutions per minute Tuesday as it worked on a 3D pumpkin logo at the Valiant Training and Development Centre in Windsor. Students at the centre and Bob Hedrick, president of CAMufacturing Solutions Inc., are carving 3D images and logos on pumpkins to raise money for the FIRST Robotics program and scare up more interest in manufacturing as a career.

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