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Meet Bill Masters

Bill is an American engineer, inventor, manufacturing entrepreneur, and business advisor and mentor. 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.

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Father of 3D Printing

Bill holds three computer automated manufacturing patents, laying the foundation for today's 3D printing systems.

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The Father of Modern Kayaking

Bill invented modern kayaking with 30+ patents in design, plastics manufacturing, computers and heat transfer.

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Inventor

Bill has spent 40+ years developing innovations in product and manufacturing development, and process engineering.

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Manufacturing Entrepreneur

Beginning with $50, Bill transformed a one-person operation into the largest kayak manufacturing company in the U.S.

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Bill is an inventor in the great American tradition, with a restless intellect, wide-ranging interests and a passion for sharing lessons learned. Learn more about booking Bill for your next conference, company retreat or academic lecture series.

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