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3D Control Systems introduces cloud-based AM platform ZAP

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3D Control Systems introduced ZAP, a new advanced manufacturing platform, which leverages the efficiency of its innovative desktop printing system for education and enterprise. The new platform brings ZAP to the advanced manufacturing industry.

ZAP, an automated workflow platform, integrates disparate 3D printer systems, frees users from risks posed by future technology integrations, and eliminates costs for system migration, deployment, and upgrades. These integrations make the ZAP platform an ideal solution for advanced manufacturers looking to address requests ranging from automating internal 3D printers to managing external production more efficiently.

The ZAP operating system eliminates the burden of dealing with multiple 3D printing systems that do not talk to each other.  The software platform works like an operating system, which makes it agnostic to any printer manufacturer software and design tools in use. It integrates and connects disparate 3D printing systems in a fully automated way which gives managers one easy-to-use software interface.

For several years, 3D Control Systems controlled 3D printers from the 3DPrinterOS cloud operating system that could provide file management and job preparation to organizations operating fleets and arrays of 3D printers. The results have been overwhelmingly positive. The company’s manufacturing knowledge and partnership network has been able to automate the entire production process for 3D printing.

As 3D printers are increasingly brought online, management complexity on the manufacturing floor drastically increases; oversight systems are increasingly important value propositions for organizations and manufacturers. Michelle Bockman, 3D Control Systems’ CEO, points these efficiencies up: “ZAP encompasses everything operators need to run a factory, from ERP, MES, CRM, and PLM. Our extensive partnership ecosystem has driven full automation. The solution for our customers’ biggest challenge with 3D printing is to give them one agnostic cloud-based decentralized manufacturing operating system.”

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Adam is a legal researcher and writer with a background in law and literature. Born in Montreal, Canada, he has spent the last decade in Ottawa, Canada, where he has worked in legislative affairs, law, and academia. Adam specializes in his pursuits, most recently in additive manufacturing. He is particularly interested in the coming international and national regulation of additive manufacturing. His past projects include a history of his alma mater, the University of Ottawa. He has also specialized in equity law and its relationship to judicial review. Adam’s current interest in additive manufacturing pairs with his knowledge of historical developments in higher education, copyright and intellectual property protections.

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