Performance & Hotrod Business February '14

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f es " l. Hypertherm Recognized For Volunteerism Mastercam Launches Student Design Challenge Hypertherm, a manufacturer of metal-cutting systems based in Hanover, N.H., was recently recognized for the number of its associates who volunteer in the community and the number of hours they collectively serve each year. For its volunteer efforts, Hypertherm received a 2013 Spirit of New Hampshire Award and was named Outstanding Business Champion by Volunteer New Hampshire and the office of New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, according to Hypertherm. "We know that when our associates have the opportunity to give back and help others, they return to the workplace with a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment," said Barbara Couch, vice president of corporate responsibility at Hypertherm. "They become more engaged in their work while building stronger communities. While many organizations are grateful for Hypertherm's financial donations, they are equally grateful for the hearts, hands and minds that are doing good deeds in the community." In 2012, associates, who are given 24 hours of paid time to volunteer each year, helped a wide array of nonprofit organizations, including schools, homeless shelters and food pantries. In total, 86 percent of U.S.based Hypertherm associates volunteered and the organization globally reached a record-breaking 14,550 hours, according to the company. Hypertherm also was recognized for the number of grants awarded through its HOPE Foundation and its practice of providing in-kind donations of its metal-cutting systems to organizations such as the Delancey Street Foundation, Workshops for Warriors, and the Hartford Area Career and Technical Center. Tolland, Conn.-based CNC Software Inc., producer of Mastercam CAD/CAM software for the automotive and other industries, recently introduced the 2014 Mastercam Innovator of the Future (IOF) national competition, a real-world manufacturing challenge for students and young adults. The competition offers instructors a powerful motivational tool to get students excited about learning CAD/ CAM and the manufacturing process, according to CNC Software. Students have the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to Kennedy Space Center. For the 2014 IOF competition, students are challenged to modify and machine an optic mirror design. Competitors may create the mirror by modifying the supplied part file to reduce the weight but maintain the structural integrity, or get creative with the part file using an area of the mirror to express themselves, the company noted. Experts at Ontario, N.Y.-based Optimax, an opticsbuilding company for aerospace, defense and consumer electronics technologies, will judge the competition. For more information, visit s. e l February 2014 PHBFEB.indd 13 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 13 1/3/14 12:03 PM

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