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A Canadian manufacturing and automation systems provider is using Hallowe’en as an opportunity to ‘scare up’ interest in manufacturing.
At Valiant’s Training and Development Centre in Windsor, Ontario, technicians are using a tool and die machine normally reserved for making parts from plastic or steel to produce 3D designs on pumpkins.
Reported in local newspaper, the Windsor Star, the company is using a CNC vertical mill to machine the fruits, which it is selling for a small donation to raise money for a programme designed to get more young people into manufacturing.
The Frankenstein pumpkins (pictured) repotedly took a couple of hours to carve using the machine and can be lit up in the normal way after completion.
The skills co-ordinator at the centre, Mike Ouellette, told the Star that he hoped the novelty pumpkins would get more young people interested in robotics and manufacturing.
The full story can be read here.