Giant Vision Competition

And the streak continues. . .technology developed by SD Mines Start-ups wins 2nd place in the SD Governor's Giant Vision Business Plan Competition! Congratulations Joshua Hammell, mechanical engineering, Evansville, Wyo., James Tomich, materials engineering and science, Farson, Wyo., and Brett Trotter, mechanical engineering, Rapid City, S.D of Endlas LC!!"

About Endlas

The Elevator Pitch:  Endlas will provide laser cladding services that combat the effects of wear, corrosion, and friction. We will service markets such as oil & gas, mining, and metal forming through a need based coating process, sales of robust processing components, and professional consulting services. Novel materials and tailor-made equipment are examples of how Endlas will provide unmatched value to our customers.

Background:  Cumulatively, our team has been conducting industrially funded laser cladding R&D and additive manufacturing research for 14 years. We have solved a wide range of laser processing and additive manufacturing challenges, and played an integral role in transition of two major products from R&D to production. We have also played a significant role in the invention of vertical ID laser cladding, and BAM thick-film coatings. As a result of this experience, we have identified the need for a startup, in the Black Hills region, that can provide laser cladding, additive manufacturing, and consulting services. One of our primary goals is to maintain close collaboration with South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, while helping to transition technology that stimulates the local economy and creates South Dakota jobs.
( Read press release )


The SD Governor's Office of Economic Development hosts the Giant Vision Business Plan Competition each year to encourage both business and student entrepreneurs to build their dreams in South Dakota. Contact Joseph Wright ( joseph.wright@sdsmt.edu ) for more information about the process.