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Engineering Entrepreneurship - Building a 3D Printing Business

Course Numbers:

Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
MECH 4395 - undergraduate section
MECH 5390 - graduate section

About the Course:

Now in its second year, the Engineering Entrepreneuship course is taught by Dr. Ryan Wicker.  In 2020, Dr. Chris Danek from Bessel also joined the team, providing his expertise in product lifeycle.  This course covers many aspects of creating a technology based business, focused on 3D printing technology.  The course begins with a review of 3D printing, covering a wide variety of technologies and applications.  Students are introduced to many aspects of protecting intellectual property, including the patent process.  After selecting a particular technology to explore further, students develop a business concept and plan for building a business, culminating with an investor presentation.  Upon completion of the course, students can understand patents, the process for pursuing patent protection, and strategies for protection of intellectual property.  In addition, students understand the different types of businesses, the elements of business plans, and strategies for business development and raising capital to launch a start-up company. 

Website: www.bessel.co
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Success Stories

Status Structures

Unique 3D

Timeless Memorials

Additive Library


InMo 3D


Printing Products for People (PPP)


Rocket Additive Manufacturing

RAD Packing Solutions

Temperature Controlled 3D


Economic Development

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The University of Texas at El Paso
W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation
College of Engineering 
Engineering Building Room 108
500 W University 
El Paso, Texas 79968