Bill Masters: The Actual Guy Who First Invented 3D Printing and it Was All Thanks to Spitballs

Bill Masters, who is widely recognized as the Father of modern day kayaking in North America, having founded the super successful kayak brand – Perception Kayaks & also holds the world’s first patent for the 3D printer joins Enterprise Radio.

Listen to interview with host Eric Dye & guest Bill Masters discuss the following:

  • How did you get the idea for 3D Printing?
  • What were some of your goals for 3D Printing?
  • What happened to your patent and your 3D Printing company?
  • What have you learned from your experience you could share with other entrepreneurs?
  • What are you working on now?

Bill Masters is an American engineer, inventor, manufacturing entrepreneur, and business advisor and mentor based in Greenville, South Carolina. He is widely known as the father of modern kayaking, but he’s also the father of 3D printing, holding the first 3D patent filed with the USPTO.

Today, Bill works to share his experience and insights with young people and a range of commercial enterprises. He also presents to academic, industry and professional groups, with a perspective that combines his humble roots, counter-cultural sensibilities and innovative approach to engineering and manufacturing.

His full list of patents related to 3D printing are: 4,665,492, 5,134,569, 5,216,616, 5,546,313, and 5,694,324.


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