About Us

What We Do

ZT Automations, LLC is a small business dedicated to making low cost automation technology available to makers and small businesses. We aspire to be a resource that people turn to to help solve difficult problems in small business operations, part fabrication, prototyping, and small scale production.

In 2014, when Mike and Terence were trying to build Kossel Pro kits to fullfill the OpenBeam Kossel Pro kickstarter, they were frustrated by the high cost of automation equipment. So, after fulfilling the kickstarter campaign, the two of them decided to leverage their engineering expertise and logistics experience to make low cost automation equipment and components available to other maker businesses and small businesses.

Who We Are

ZT Automations is the collaborative effort of Mechanical Engineer Terence Tam and Electrical Engineer Mike Ziomkowski.

Terence is the creator of the OpenBeam construction system, In 2012, frustrated with the lack of options for desktop sized prototyping systems, Terence created OpenBeam, launched a Kickstarter campaign, and started running OpenBeam in addition to his day job.

In 2013, Terence joined forces with Johann Rocholl and other makers at Metrix Create Space in Seattle and started work on the Kossel Pro. Needing an Electrical Engineer, Terence invited his good friend, Mike Ziomkowski, to join in on the project.

Today, Mike handles the daily business operations, from logistics to inventory projections, freeing Terence up to do more of the product design work. In late 2015, it was decided that OpenBeam’s product line will transition to be sold through ZT Automations as well, to help better streamline part availability.

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