Help ProtoMe 3D Win Big

By Haley Burton

November 19, 2012 Updated Nov 19, 2012 at 7:13 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome Community College students on the winning team for "Binghamton’s Start Up Weekend" competition advance to compete against teams across the globe.

ProtoMe3D recently won the "Binghamton Start Up Weekend" event competition.

Cathy Kuzia, a graphic arts manager from California, pitched the idea of a 3D printing company at the Binghamton Start Up Weekend. Five budding entrepreneurs joined her team in creating ProtoMe3D.

"I think that everyone of us came from such different backgrounds it wasn't about sharing an idea. It was also making an idea come true," said Kuzia, who now lives in Johnson City.

Three members of the team are currently Broome Community College students, Joan Tibbett, Sam Festa, and Elle Bienvenu. One member, Uday Kalbhor, is a graduate student in Computer Science at Binghamton University, and Jerry O’Brien, Jr. is a 2012 graduate from SUNY Plattsburgh.

"It was a good opportunity to work with people that aren't in the field I am technically in and being able to collaborate on one thing," said Sam Festa, "I am certified in CAD drawings and 3D art. So I initially had an interest in something that pertained to that field."

ProtoMe3D wants to create a high-tech 3-D printing company in the Broome County area. The company plans to use the newest technology of 3D printing for the rapid production of precise, less costly prototypes.

At Start up Weekend Binghamton, the team developed a business plan that estimates that there are at least 60 manufacturers in the Southern Tier who could potentially benefit from the services of ProtoMe3D.

With 3D printing, the machine deposits material layer by layer to build a three dimensional object using a process called stereo-lithography. Each layer is formed by using laser light to selectively harden a liquid plastic resin, and layers are successively hardened on top of each other to generate the desired object. Due to the fact that material is being repeatedly added, 3D printing is an additive fabrication method.

With 3D printing, it is much easier to quickly and precisely produce complex objects with moving parts.

“This concept has the potential to be one of the area’s next successful independent business ventures,” said Dr. Drumm. “We must encourage our young people to not only follow their dreams of entrepreneurship, but also support their endeavors with financial, organizational and infrastructure resources with the goal of keeping the next generation of young professionals in our region.”

There were approximately 60 participants in the Binghamton Start Up Weekend.

As winner of the local Start up Event, ProtoMe3D already received $6,000 worth of services for advertising, accounting and legal fees.

The team is now competing against teams in 120 cities across the globe. The overall global winner is determined by total votes.

Voting begins Wednesday, November 21 through November 27. During that time individuals can vote for ProtoMe3D up to once a day simply by clicking here.

To vote, type ProtoMe3D in the search box and follow the directions.

For more information about the global battle before then you can go here.

The winner receives a VIP trip to Rio DeJaneiro, trip to San Francisco to tour Googleplex and meet with its founders, $5,000 PR launch package, $5,000 of Design Services, $5,000 of legal support services and $20,000 of Google Cloud Services.

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