- PLTW: Introduction to Engineering Design
- Architectural Drafting
- Computer Aided Design/Drafting
- Advanced Manufacturing
- AM Students
Hello, and welcome to my page. This page is designed to showcase some of the CAD and Advanced Manufacturing work my students have done. I am teacher at Saline High Schoool and the South & West Washtenaw Consortium (SWWC). I currently teach Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Advanced Manufacturing (manual and computer aided manufacturing), Architectural Drafting, and Project Lead the Way: Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW: IED).
By using the links on the left, you can explore my different classes and see examples of projects done in each one. During the design process, my classes use many softwares. Most notably they use AutoDesk Inventor and AutoCAD. Architectural students use AutoDesk Revit for their designs and models. Student versions of these softwares can be downloaded for free from HERE. *IF THE LINK DOESN'T WORK, HOLD DOWN CTRL ON YOUR KEYBOARD WHEN CLICKING TO OPEN IN A NEW TAB*
If you would like to download AutoCAD for Mac click HERE.
In addition to the AutoDesk software package, my students also use MasterCAM X8 and SketchUp.
I have been teaching CAD and Architecture for the past 12 years, and it is my belief that competition leads to higher productivity as well as deeper learning. My classes compete at a number of competitions, most notably SkillsUSA and the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) competition. Click on the links to the left to see results from Mr. Vasiloff's past classes.
CAD CLASS BREAKS RECORD AT MITES WITH 40 PLAQUES!
TECHNICAL DRAFTING STUDENTS FINSIH 1st & 2nd at SKILLSUSA!
This year at the SkillsUSA State Championships, Ruth Sullivan and Nick Urquhart competed in Technical Drafting while Spencer Mitton and Robert Smith competed in Architectural Drafting. They all performed very well, but it was Nick and Ruth that took the highest honors. For Technical Drafting, high school and college students are in different divisions yet they compete in the same room and are given the same problem. Nick not only won gold in the high school division, but he scored higher than the gold medalist in the college division. Since he was the top placer out of both divisions, he was given industry awards including a $1200 Herman Miller office chair and a $430 CAD Spacemouse combo, which is basically a CAD joystick and mouse. In addition, he'll be representing Michigan at nationals this June in Louisville. Ruth, a junior, finished just 8 points behind Nick! They both outscored the gold medalist from the college division by over 100 points in a 1000 point contest! We are really excited to see how Ruth does next year at the competition. In Architectural Drafting, Spencer Mitton barely missed a medal with his 4th place finish, and Robert Smith finished in the top 10. Congrats to all four students, you represented our class well!
That is one good looking chair!
MANUFACTURING TEAM FINISH 2ND IN THE NATION!!!
This year's Automated Manufacturing Technology team of Tobias Schmidt, Jake Stein, and Logan Bruneau solidified the program by taking another medal at nationals this year, as they finished 2nd in Louisville! They had to produce three interchangeable parts that dependently functioned off of each other, as well as produce all of the working drawings for the assembly. This is the first time the format of the competition has changed in years, but it didn't throw our team off of their game. They were able to work together to produce all three parts and show their functionality, and took home the silver in the process. Well done!
CAD CLASS TAKES HOME 36 PLAQUES FROM ANNUAL MITES COMPETITION!
The Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society has been hosting a project based competition for 89 years now, and once again the SWWC CAD students had their strongest showing yet. There are around 25 different categories that we enter drawings/projects into, including things like photo-realistic renderings of CAD drawings, hand drawings, and model houses. This year every project that we turned in qualified for states, and an amazing 36 of them placed top 3 in the state and earned a plaque. We had 11 individual state champions, 11 runner-ups, and 10 third place finishes. My entire class contributed to this success, but I have to single out Alex Hartman, who had 3 individual projects that won state titles, as well as another that finished runner-up and another that took 3rd. On top of this, he won a Divisional Grand Award for Excellence in Animation, which means his animation was deemed the greatest regardless of division or level! Nice job Alex! I would also like to point out that Tobias Schmidt also took home a Divisional Grand Award for Excellence in Mechanical Drafting. Congrats. Check out the images below!
In the last four years, the SWWC CAD class has brought home 115 plaques and had 33 individual state champions, and now 2 Grand Divisional winners! Congrats to all those who competed!
MANUFACTURING TEAM FINISH 3RD IN THE NATION!!! CAD 13th!!!
The Automated Manufacturing team of Nick Kurgin, Matt Hargrove, and Philip Burtell proved that the SWWC has one of the best manufacturing programs in the country when they took home the bronze at the SkillsUSA National competition this past June in Louisville! They did a phenomenal job representing our program, school, and state. The competition was tough, and the part was complex, but our boys pulled it off and finished 3rd in the nation! Congrats to all three of them. In addition, Chris Okarski finished 13th in the nation in Computer Aided Drafting after winning a state championship at SkillsUSA. Nicely done!
SWWC STUDENTS PLACED WITH COMPANIES FOR INTERNSHIPS/JOBS!
Congrats to the following students that earned internships and/or jobs this summer:
Chris Okarski - Kyocera Unimerco
Finn Thompson - Kyocera Unimerco
Matt Hargrove - Roush
Erin Connor - Roush
Dale Sievert - Roush
Devin Eckert - MMI
Nick Kurgin - MMI
Ray Hall - Hines Industries
RECORD BREAKING YEAR AT MITES COMPETITION! 32 PLAQUES!
The Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society has been hosting a project based competition for 88 years now, and this year the SWWC CAD students had their strongest showing yet. There are around 25 different categories that we enter drawings/projects into, including things like photo-realistic renderings of CAD drawings, hand drawings, and model houses. The class had 81 drawings/projects qualify for states, and an amazing 32 of them placed top 3 in the state and earned a plaque. We had 11 individual state champions, 11 runner-ups, and 10 third place finishes. My entire class contributed to this success, but I have to single out Karinne Stacey, who had 3 individual projects that won state titles, as well as another that finished runner-up. I would also like to point out that Joe Lentine created the Medical Drone (state champion) and Jigsaw Puzzle animations that you can view by clicking the imagine to the right, and Bhakari Bridgewater for his Camera Shutter animation (state runner up). In the last three years, the SWWC CAD class has brought home 79 plaques and had 21 individual state champions! Congrats to all those who competed!
GOLD, SILVER, AND BRONZE WINNERS AT SKILLSUSA!
The CAD programs looked to be the strongest in the state at SkillsUSA due to the excellent performances by Chris Okarski, Joe Lentine, Abby Morton, and Johnny Monge!
Chris Okarski was crowned State Champion and awarded a gold medal in Technical Drafting, while his teammate and friend Joe Lentine secured the silver by finishing just behind him in second place. That means that the two students sent to represent our school in Technical Drafting are also the best two draftsmen in the state! In addition, Chris Okarski will represent the state of Michigan at SkillsUSA Nationals this June in Louisville!
In Architectural Drafting, Abby Morton took home the bronze in a very tough and close competition. With Abby being a junior this year, she will have another shot at a state championship next year. Johnny Monge had a strong performance as well, finishing 5th in the state!
Congratulations to our students, and thank you for representing our programs so well. We are all very proud of you!
COMPETITION SEASON SET TO BEGIN!
The CAD and Advanced Manufacturing students are gearing up for another comeptition season! Both programs will compete in the annual Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) competition in May when we submit projects they have completed during this school year. In the last 2 years, the programs have brought home 47 top 3 in the state plaques with 10 of them being State Champions! Yet, before MITES occurs the CAD class will be represented at the SkillsUSA state competition by Joe Lentine and Chris Okarski in Technical Drafting, as well as Abby Morton and Johnny Monge in Architectural Drafting (pictured above on the right). These students are hoping to win a State Championship and advance to the SkillsUSA National Competition The Advanced Manufacturing team of Phil Burtell, Matt Hargrove, and Nick Kurgin (pictured above on the left) have already secured a spot at Nationals for SkillsUSA, and will compete in Louisville in June. Good luck to all competitors!
SOME GREAT EXAMPLES OF OUR WORK!
Many people like to ask what we model and design in my classes. The answer is virtually everything! From Amiibos to Drill Press Brackets, we have it all! Below are some great examples of student work done in my CAD classes:
CAD STUDENTS DOMINATE MITES COMPETITION ONCE AGAIN!
Every year since its formation in 1928, the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society runs a project-based competition that covers all areas of industrial technology, from woodworking and metalworking to graphic arts. The regional competitions were actually held at Saline High School and run by Mr. Bruce Ross during the 1970s and 1980s. This year, the SWWC CAD class entered over 150 projects into 25 different categories of Mechanical Drafting and Architectural Drafting. To qualify for states, which is held at Saginaw Valley State University, a project has to finish top 4 at regionals. This years class had 113 projects move on to states. The projects fared well in Saginaw, with 73 placing top 10 in the state. 22 of the projects placed in the top 3, and those projects were awarded with a plaque. The class had 4 individual state champions, who produced the best drawings in the state in their respective category. The strongest showings came from Lizy Pollack, Max Kelley, Chris Okarski, Josiah Rentschler, Quinn Foster, and Katie Vaujin. In the last two years, the SWWC CAD class has brought home 47 plaques and had 10 individual state champions. Congrats to all students that participated!
CAD AND ADVANCE MANUFACTURING STUDENTS COMPETES AT SKILLSUSA!
Competition season has begun, and the Advanced Manufacturing and CAD students have already had a strong showing. First off, the Advanced Manufacting team of Bryan Hinkle, Alan Wilson, and Andrew Sanderson won anther state title at SkillsUSA! How you ask? By default! After our team won a state title last year, other schools decided not to compete this year. While we are unhappy about this, we are excited for the opportunity to compete at Nationals in Louisville this June!
Four CAD students competed in Grand Rapids at SkillsUSA and had a strong showing! They began the competition with Katie Vaujin and Max Kelley winning medals for thier performance on the SkillsUSA Leasdership Test! This is the first time Mr. Vasiloff has ever had a student medal on the test, and this year we had two. Representing our school in Architectural Drafting was Quinn Foster and Katie Vaujin, who placed 5th and 9th respectively. Kimmy Hays and Max Kelley competed in Technical Drafting and performed well also. Congratulations to all those who competed, and we are all very proud of you!
SWWC CAD STUDENTS DOMINATE MITES COMPETITION WITH 25 PLAQUES!
This year the South and West Washtenaw Consortium CAD class continued thier success by taking home 25 plaques! To earn a plaque, your project must finish top 3 in the State. There are 21 Mechanical Drafting categories, and the class entered projects into 19 of them. The categories range from Orthographic Projections and Isometric Views to Manual Drawings and Photorealistic Renderings. We had 6 individual State Champions, 9 Runner-ups, and 10 Third Places! Nice job everyone! For complete results, click the MITES link on the left side of the page.
What we are most proud of is that fact that such a small number of students produced so much high quality work for this competition, and each student won at least one plaque! The class completed 80 projects to enter into the Regional competition, and 77 of them qualified for States! Check out all of our ribbons below!
LUCKHARDT, SPICER, AND HINKLE WIN GOLD AT SKILLSUSA!!!
Despite a Pentium chip literally melting and our mill rendered useless, the team pulled through and won the gold medal in Automated Manufacturing at this years SkillsUSA State Championships. They kept a cool head through all the drama, worked together, and pulled off the biggest upset Mr. Vasiloff has seen in 9 years of going to SkillsUSA! The team was able to disect the scoring rubric for the competition and focused on the CAD aspect of the competition, and they ended up not only scoring higher than all the high school teams but the college teams as well! Good luck at Nationals in Kansas City!
A STRONG COMPETITION SEASON CONTINUES WITH SUCCESS AT SKILLSUSA!
From April 11th to 13th, eight of my students competed at the SkillsUSA State Championships in Grand Rapids! Haliegh Stovall (11th) competed in Architectural Drafting, and Mark Maidaniuc (8th) competed in CNC - Milling. Jake Diuble (10th), Pat Drumm (12th), and Augie VanHout (6th) competed in Architectural Drafting. Then there was the team of Lee Luckhardt, Ken Spicer, and Bryan Hinkle who competed in Automated Manufacturing. The competition was tough, but we ended up taking home the gold in Automated Manufacturing. More info on the competition can be found HERE.
The last comeptition of the year is MITES, and it will take place at the end of April! This competition allows students to enter individually made projects from throughout the year to showcase what they have learned and accomplished. Lets bring home those plaques! More info can be found on the MITES website, which is www.mites.cc, and competition rules can be found HERE.
HERMAN AND DIUBLE TAKE 4th AT U of M ENGINEERING COMPETITION!
It is that time of year again! The Advanced Manufacturing and Computer Aided Drafting classes are geared up for competitions, and the season started with the University of Michigan-Dearborn Engineering Competition on March 22nd. There were 61 teams competing there, and George Herman and Jake Diuble managed to finish 4th place! Way to go guys!
ARCHITECTURAL MODELS COME OUT GREAT!
The models made in the Architectural Drafting class are looking fantastic! The time and effort put in by the students is definitely noticed! Take a look at the model above, created by Katie Vaujin. It comes complete with swingset and slide! Can't wait to see how it does at the MITES competition! To see more models, and learn more about the class, click on the Architectural Drafting link on the left.
CHECK OUT THE MODEL TRAINS MADE IN PLTW: IED!
All of the Project Lead the Way: Introduction to Engineering Design students modeled a toy train, and were then asked to customize the train and render an image. The rendering above was done by Tobias Schmidt, and shows how much the PLTW student's skills are increasing! For more info on PLTW:IED, click the link on the left.
MAKERBOT REPLICATOR 2 ARRIVES!
Our 3D printer, the Makerbot Replicator 2, has arrrived! We have made some amazing parts already! To find out more about the Makerbot 3D printers click HERE, and make sure to watch the videos in the right panel. You can also visit Thingiverse to see all the items that have been printed on the Makerbot Replicator 2. More pictures are coming soon!
FIELD TRIP TO KYOCERA UNIMERCO!
Recently, all of my classes had the opportunity to take a field trip to Kyocera Unimerco! It was an amazing opportunity to learn about a global manufacturer and distributor of high-performance standard and customised tools for industry. Kyocera Unimerco is located on State Street, just minutes from the high school! Click HERE to learn more about Kyocera Unimerco.
Below are examples of projects done by students in my classes:
"Sprawling Ranch" done in AutoDesk Revit
"7 Blocks" manually milled by my Automated Manufacturing class
"LocoMobile" done in AutoDesk Inventor
"Interior Rendering" done in AutoDesk Revit
"Shelby Cobra" plexiglass project modeled and programmed in MasterCAM
"Character Selection Screen" done in Rhino
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