Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

3-D Printing Duo Wins Spark Tank; Company Works with FORGE, Which Was at First One Spark

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

3-D Printing Duo Wins Spark Tank; Company Works with FORGE, Which Was at First One Spark

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Byline: Drew Dixon

The winners of the so-called "Spark Tank" competition among One Spark 2016 creators were two entrepreneurs who were involved in a startup project during the first One Spark in 2013.

Staramba USA based on Adams Street in Jacksonville was selected by a panel of judges as the best creator out of 63 who were involved in One Spark this year.

Chris Carter, president of One Spark Ventures Inc., said Staramba's approach to using detailed and high-resolution scanning of objects that can then be printed in miniature fascinated the judges the most.

The announcement was made at a ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Hyatt Regency on the Riverfront Thursday afternoon following a full day of competition.

The Spark Tank event coincided with Innovation Day that drew 500 separate registrants who took part in a conference throughout the day at the Hyatt which featured seminars designed to educate and enhance startup operations.

Staramba is a new company for Adam Duke and Bryce Pfanenstiel, the partners who founded FORGE 3-D printing and participated in the original One Spark in four years ago.

While FORGE features 3-D printing, Duke said the separate Staramba business is actually a company from Germany that reached a partnership deal with the Jacksonville firm. He said the technology refines images before they are printed as 3-D objects.

"The Staramba scanner is a photo group essentially with 72 [Digital Single Lens Reflex] cameras," Duke said. "You have extremely high resolution photos that are used to create very accurate 3-D models."

As a reward for being selected the top creator, Staramba will have access to $120,000 worth of business support technology and materials from Microsoft Inc. Staramba will also receive business accelerator assistance from venture capitalist firm PS27 Ventures.

Two other creators will also receive Microsoft business support including:

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