Winthrop Professor Teams with 3D Systems on Innovation Competition

January 02, 2019


  • The contest calls for four-member teams to come up with an invention using three dimensional printing of plastic or metal components.
  • Applications can be submitted at up to the start of the event on Jan. 16. Only 10 teams will be accepted.

Andrew BesmerROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – A Winthrop University computer science professor is part of a partnership with 3D Systems and others to hold an “Innovation By Making Things” entrepreneurship competition this winter.

The contest calls for four-member teams to come up with an invention using three dimensional printing of plastic or metal components.

This is a competition for entrepreneurs of intrapreneurs. Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization.

“We want to support innovators looking to make their ideas reality as well as existing industries that want to improve their existing business practices or productivity using additive manufacturing,” said Andrew Besmer, a Winthrop assistant professor of computer science.

Applications can be submitted at up to the start of the event on Jan. 16. Only 10 teams will be accepted, Besmer said, and already several teams have expressed interest since the competition was announced.

The projects will be judged by:

• Effort in moving concept along the technology and manufacturing readiness development paths.
• Feasibility of the product being made in South Carolina.
• Likelihood of commercial success.

Participants have to commit to attending two five-hour sessions on Jan. 16 and Jan. 23 at the Technology Incubator @ Knowledge Park and then a final two-hour session on Feb. 12 at 3D Systems.

The first two sessions will provide support to participants as they take their innovation from problem to idea to reality. The final session will be used for participants to present their innovation and for judging to occur.

“It is expected that participants will create between sessions as they produce their innovation in a format suitable for 3D printing,” Besmer said. “In between the second and third event days we will be producing the innovation using the 3D printers located at Winthrop University, York Tech, as well as via 3D Systems’ On Demand business.”

3D Systems has donated two FabPro™ 1000 entry level industrial 3D printers for 3D printing to both York Technical College and Winthrop. The printers will be used to support the competition, curriculum, and other outreach efforts into the community on behalf of both organizations and will be retained by the institutions.

The winning team will receive a cash prize, free business mentoring from the Technology Incubator @ Knowledge Park and free consultation on patenting the innovation.
The “Innovation By Making Things” entrepreneurship competition is funded through a S.C. Department of Commerce Office of Innovation grant. Other local sponsors are the City of Rock Hill, York Technical College, York County Economic Development and Rock Hill Economic Development.
For more information, contact Besmer at

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