Articles from March 2015

March General Meeting

March General Meeting
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
520 Elliot Street
Charlotte, NC  28202

We will be visited by Patrick Oltmanns, CEO of clickfold for our March general meeting. I feel that Patrick’s company and services will assist the invention knowledge for the group on the subject of prototyping and short run manufacturing. His company is local and he will be bringing many samples to share with the group in person.

Feel free to visit Patrick’s company on the web:

Professional Bio

  • Grew up in Kenya while his father worked for the U.N.
  • Served in the German Army as a helicopter mechanic
  • Studied mechanical engineering in Germany
  • Took on a technical sales and project management role for a plastics machinery manufacturer (Barmag AG)
  • Moved to Charlotte in 1995 to become the sales manager for their U.S. subsidiary (American Barmag)
  • Completed Wake Forest’s Charlotte MBA program in 1999
  • Started ClickFold Plastics in 2000 after negotiating a license agreement with a German company to use their technology

Click Fold Overview

  • This “mold-less” technology uses CNC machining and CNC line-bending to make plastic parts without the need for molds or fixtures
  • 3D Printing
  • The business model targets buyers of prototypes and small volumes who need custom designs on a budget
  • The technology also targets buyers who anticipate frequent design changes
  • Added digital printing capabilities in 2010 to further eliminate the need for silk screens
  • Recipient of a NC workforce development grant in 2011
  • Surpassed 1 million in annual sales in 2011
  • Sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House
  • Sponsor of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program

Patrick Oltmanns, contact data

1-866-649-8665 x 701


February Meeting

Speaker: Dr. Brian MacDonald

A patent agent practicing in material science, mechanical, electrical, communications, and other technologies. Once an experimental nuclear physicist, and then a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent Office, I’ve worked on the client side of the patent fence now for over ten years. The patent world spans patent application preparation to licensing deals and even litigation. It is too complex for every player to claim mastery in every stage. I write and file patent applications, and I argue for patents with patent examiners day in and day out. On a good day, I even get a patent for a client. But there are no guarantees. It’s a civil, orderly, but often adversarial chess game. I can tell you all about it.



Always remember to invite friends or business associates which would benefit from INotC. Collectively we have a deep wealth of knowledge as a group. Invite other inventors, engineers, entrepreneurs, financiers, professors, manufactures and anyone else that would enjoy the process and business of product development. Knowledge is power!!


-This meeting cost $20 for guest or $75 for the entire year.
-Check and Cash are accepted.
-Thank you once again for supporting the INotC.

-Collectively when we network, mountains can be moved!

-Through creativity, we can develop a civilization worth living in!

When we commercialize, we give our value and vision to the world! Network, Develop, Commercialize We look forward to seeing you Building info: If you have not been to our meetings before, the building is located at the end of Elliot street on the right. Then you go through the fence and down the driveway. The front door is located on the left side. Once you go in follow the hall way to the end then go through the door and turn left to the meeting room door.

INotC Website President

Brian James

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