Stanley Black & Decker Partners with AstroPrint on Distributed 3D Printer Network
Stanley Black & Decker has partnered with AstroPrint to create a distributed network of 3D printers to optimize workflow procedures and improve productivity and growth opportunities.
Edited by AM Staff
AstroPrint has partnered with Stanley Black & Decker to help the latter connect, control and optimize its fleet of 3D printers across multiple facilities. With AstroPrint’s Enterprise Cloud, Stanley Black & Decker expects to automate its additive manufacturing systems and workflows on a single platform, and ensure that resources are properly shared and optimized, while gaining actionable intelligence on productivity and growth opportunities.
The companies intend to connect teams and 3D printers distributed across different offices around the globe. These printers have the capabilities for everything from prototyping new product designs to small run manufacturing of parts in existing products. Once connected, Stanley Black & Decker’s engineers will gain a commanding view of all the 3D printers in the fleet from one dashboard, the partners say. Stanley Black & Decker expects to be able to share resources and set permissions for different teams, using any available 3D printer at any office around the world, or control fleets of 3D printers from a single system for larger scale projects. AstroPrint Enterprise Cloud will enable Stanley Black & Decker engineers to collect data on the 3D printer fleet as well as check the usage, productivity and issues of each printer.
"Thanks to this partnership, we will gain visibility into ROI, uptime, value, resource optimization and competence development in regards to 3D printer usage at Stanley Black & Decker,” says Martin Guay, VP of business development at Stanley Black & Decker. “These are critical drivers for additive manufacturing success for every enterprise. We are confident that the AstroPrint software solution has a great deal of promise for us and for the industry."
“It’s now time for us to anticipate the needs and bottlenecks that large, multi-location companies, such as Stanley Black & Decker, will face as they invest significantly to grow their additive manufacturing programs,” says Drew Taylor, CEO of AstroPrint.