Big Idea winner, a plastics machine, to compete for state prize
April 14, 2017
The winner of UW-Stout’s Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament will
compete for the $2,000 top prize in the state tournament Saturday, April 22, in
The student entrepreneurship competition will feature an
entry from each UW System school. UW-Stout’s entry is Maxtruder, a plastics
extrusion machine. It beat out seven other student entries during a campus
contest in late February.
Maxtruder is named after its inventor, Max Zamzow, a
plastics engineering major from Byron, Minn. The machine helps users of
personal or smaller 3D printers recycle their plastics waste into usable
plastic filament for their 3D printers, saving them time and money and reducing
waste within the 3D printing pipeline.
Other team members and their majors are:
- Louis Bischel, of Bloomer, mechanical and manufacturing
- Leah McNutt, of Ixonia, applied mathematics and
- Richard Shipman, of Spooner, applied science
- Dacia Sjolund, of Aitkin, Minn., entertainment design
competition was coordinated and sponsored by UW-Stout’s Discovery Center Fab Lab.
The WBIT contest
is managed by the WiSys Technology Foundation and UW-Extension. The state
winner will go on to compete internationally.
also held a 3 Day Startup business competition on the same weekend in February,
prior to WBIT. Applicants were narrowed to 40 people, who were selected to
weekend, 17 business ideas were fielded by participants who then, through a
blind vote, selected seven of the ideas. Those seven ideas then became weekend
start-up businesses, according to Mary Spaeth, and event adviser and UW-Stout
assistant professor of entrepreneurship in the School of Management.
joined the teams of the ideas they liked best. The business idea names were Dam
Algae, One ‘n’ Done, Happy Mirror, Transitions Matter, Herb ’n Truck, Never
Again and Maxtruder.
for the event was 3 Day Startup’s Sandra Spencer of Alberta, Canada.
of UW-Stout’s Maxtruder team, which advanced to the state level of the
Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, are from left Richard Shipman, Louis Bischel,
Leah McNutt, Dacia Sjolund and event official Sandra Spencer. Missing is Max