PULLMAN, Wash- Omar Ruiz, a senior in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture studying mechanical engineering, placed second for a piston coffee mug he developed for the Mastercam Wildest Parts Competition.
The annual contest challenges students from around the world to design and produce high-quality parts that haven’t been made before.
Under the supervision of instructor Robert “Kurt” Hutchinson, Ruiz first designed and 3D-printed a model to help him visualize the coffee mug. He then used the manufacturing software Mastercam and a computer numeric control milling machine to create a new program that cut the mug out of an aluminum piston and rod.
Ruiz was awarded $500 cash and $40,000 worth of Mastercam software.
Mastercam is keeping the coffee mug for a year to showcase it at conferences and other events.