Monday Nov 27, 2023

Osaffat Khan, Co-Founder & CTO of Rapid Prototyping Start-up, ZapMetals

Episode #5 ZapMetals

In the latest episode of our frontier project, Tracy and Braden interview Osaffat Khan, Co-Founder and CTO of ZapMetals, and delve into the challenges and opportunities of industrial automation. 

Themes tackled during this session include:

  • Running a machine shop
  • Learning about industrial trends and best practices, introducing automation
  • Manufacturing and prototyping 101
  • MVP (Minimum Viable Product)
  • Underserved markets for CNC parts
  • Metal sourcing
  • AI integrations, monitoring tolerances
  • Computer vision, surface detection
  • Control systems textbooks (!)
  • Autonomous snow blowing
  • Learning through serial entrepreneurship
  • Green manufacturing, reshoring production
  • Enhancing skilled trades through advanced manufacturing and net new job creation
  • Golf (is it relaxing or aggravating?)

ZapMetals secured $25,000 in matching, performance-based seed funding from NCFDC's thriveFORWARD initiative, with the support of FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada's Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF).

The Executive Producer of the Frontier Entrepreneurship Podcast is Robert Washburn. Special thanks to NCFDC’s Victoria Pichler and John Hayden. This project is made possible with the support of FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada.

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