. . . but can your CNC machine carve a pumpkin?


Why, you might ask, would someone use a CNC vertical mill and spend hundreds of dollars in machine time to carve a pumpkin? For Mike Ouellette, the Skilled Trades Training Coordinator at the Valiant Training and Development Center in Windsor, ON, Canada, it's all about fostering an interest in robotics and manufacturing among young people.

Moreover, to raise funds for a student robotics group, Ouellette has partnered with Bob Hedrick, President of CAMufacuturing Solutions, a local software development company, to offer companies a branded way to celebrate Halloween by carving company logos into pumpkins. They are being sold for a $50 donation, which is quite a deal when you consider the machine time involved.
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