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Stanley Black & Decker and AstroPrint create distributed network of 3D printers

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AstroPrint has announced a partnership with Stanley Black & Decker to connect, control and optimize their fleet of 3D printers across multiple facilities. With AstroPrint’s Enterprise Cloud, Stanley Black & Decker will effortlessly automate their additive manufacturing systems and workflows on a single platform, ensuring that resources are properly shared and optimized, while gaining actionable intelligence on productivity and growth opportunities.

Connecting the dots

With the investment and growth of additive manufacturing increasing within Stanley Black & Decker, the first step is to connect all of their teams and 3D printers that are currently distributed in different offices dotted around the globe. These printers are used for everything from prototyping new product designs to small run manufacturing of parts in existing products.

Control and Command

Once connected, Stanley Black & Decker’s engineers will gain a commanding view of all the 3D printers in the fleet – from one dashboard. They will be able to share resources, 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.

Their managers will also be able to set permissions for different teams, and different members within each team, based on their roles and responsibilities. Access may also be granted to external contractors and consultants wherever in the world they may be.

Astroprint Stanley Black & Decker

Optimizing workflows continuously

More importantly, AstroPrint Enterprise Cloud will enable Stanley Black & Decker engineers to collect data on their 3D printer fleet as well as check the usage, productivity and issues of each printer.  Stanley Black & Decker will use this data to continuously optimize their workflows and make intelligent decisions on scaling up and scaling out their 3D printing processes.

Senior managers and business development teams will be able to use the data to review the returns on investment (ROI) on each project, make accurate projections and budget planning, as well as create business cases on new areas of opportunities and growth.

“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 and Decker,” said Martin Guay, VP of Business Development at Stanley Black and 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.”

According to Drew Taylor, CEO of AstroPrint, “We’ve been in the 3D printing industry for a long time now and we are proud to have pioneered one of the first (and best) software systems to manage 3D printers through the cloud. 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.”

AstroPrint’s focus now is to scale out the AstroPrint Enterprise Cloud, bringing on more large manufacturers who need to connect, control, and optimize their 3D printer fleets.

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