« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2017, 01:38:37 PM »
FYI everyone, A2Z have closed apparently. I just got an email about it. Was a surprise to me.
Will paste below.
Hello fellow Makers and Hobby Machinist,
As many of you know by now, a name many of us had grown to love and trust is no longer there for us. To those who are not aware, A2Z Corp is no longer in operation. In late November of 2016 the remaining assets including inventory were sold at public auction. As enthusiasts, myself along with a few friends purchased everything we could in an effort to preserve the product line. Luckily we were able to get our hands on most of the remaining inventory.
We did this not really knowing what in the world we were going to do with it all. We just knew we didn't want the line to die. One thing we didn't think about though was we had no drawings, no CAD files, nothing except of big pile of boxes full of mixed up parts. The first thing we did was to start sorting out and cataloging what we had. There was a lot there. So next we started reaching out to local manufacturing companies to see if we could have the stuff reverse engineered, still not knowing what we were going to do in the end. With unbelievable good fortune we ran across a couple of companies that had actually been doing some work for A2Z Corp, and they had CAD files!! They definitely didn't have it all, but it was at least an educated start.
OK so now what?
After countless hours of pondering everything from wholesale liquidation to starting where A2Z Corp left off as a manufacturing company, we settled on a plan. You see, our interests expand beyond just hobby machining. We also love the resourcefulness of the Maker Movement, the ingenuity of IoT (Internet of Things) and have a real passion for STEM education and introducing our kids to the future. So we decided to create something new. A user driven Marketplace.
With that I would like to introduce you to A2ZMaker.com. A user based Marketplace where the people making things have the opportunity to sell their creations. As it stands now we have listed all of the A2Z Corp inventory we bought at auction to get things started. We also have a few things in the works being manufactured, starting with the QC Tool post, QC holders and the milling machine end mill holders. So the QCTP will live on!!
But what we really want, is for the marketplace to be core of the business. Think Amazon, but very specific, without the zillions of products to sort through. We've created the infrastructure. Users create the listings, including their own descriptions and pictures. They set their own price. We do the marketing. The product gets sold. The product gets shipped. The seller gets paid. Just like with Amazon the seller doesn't get paid until the product ships. We get a commission.
Currently the only categories visible are the ones that have products available. We're hoping to see robotics and drones for both adults and kids, Arduino and Raspberry Pi creations, 3D Printers and accessories. All the categories have been created, but its up to you to fill them. If you have and idea but need help, send us an email here, and we will do what ever we can. For more information take a look at our marketplace resource pages here.
We know there were people who got hurt in the fall of A2Z Corp, We know some of you personally actually. Although we have absolutely no affiliation with A2Z Corp and no obligation to do this; If you had rewards points or orders that never got filled reach out to us by email here. There may not be anything we can do, but if we can, we will. It's worth a try anyway.
So, here's to the future!! We look forward to continuing on and seeing where this ends up.