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Greenville inventor holds patents for 3-D printers

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Bill Masters, of Greenville, calls himself a boot strap entrepreneur and an inventor.

"I just invent things," said Bill Masters.

Masters said as far as how he came up with the idea of 3-D printing. It was after he was asked, "Why can't you make parts into space."

Masters said he thought about it and then it hit him. "One day I thought well you know if you had a place to stop it that would be a seed point. Then you could start shooting out something and let it crash into and put another one and another and another one."

While Masters had the idea in his head he came up with an analogy to help a lot others understand the idea.

"I came up with the spit ball analogy. You stand on a balcony and you throw a spit ball down and it sticks you throw another one, and another one and another one. It starts sticking, sticking, sticking and starts to grow sides on it making a cup out of spit balls. It could have been clay but spit sounded cooler," explained Masters.

He said back in the late seventies and eighties most people didn't believe him. But Masters has his patents hanging his Greenville home.

"Out of the six kind of known ways of doing 3-D printing I have landmarked patents on three," said Masters.

Not only is Masters known for his work in the 3-D printing process but he also started up the world's largest kayaking business right here in the Upstate. Masters said he did with only $50 and created what's known today as Perception Kayaks.

"We basically invented the actual way to make a kayak," said Masters.

These days Masters continues to come with new ideas. He said he has over 50 patents. But said he spends most of his time giving back.

"All old happy people, 100 percent of them all over 70 that are happy are net givers. Not selfish people, they give of themselves," said Masters.

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