Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs drives us all. Our basic needs are Shelter, Food and Water. MZ3 has been involved in the Shelter or building industry since 2005 and the growing of food industry since 2007.
MZ3's founder's vision since 2001 is “to build a society based on wood”. His belief is that we need to live more sustainably by using renewable energy and renewable materials such as timber and to reduce our use of finite resources which are drilled or mined. His belief is agroforestry or food forests, combining the growing of wood and food is the only sustainable path for humanity to take. In 2019 MZ3 hope to finally be able to help take positive action against man made climate change using our solar weeder and tree planting machine.
Our history in reverse chronological order:
2019. Refocus on mezzanine floors using our newly prefabrication technology. MZ3 has been making and supplying rapid install panelised mezzanine floor systems since 2008. Our new technology allows us to build floor panels more efficiently and at a lower cost so that we can pass on the savings.
2019 machines. Built DIY CNC Plasma part of our ongoing machines to build machines M2BM project. Successfully commissioned the Super Nailplate handler in Victoria. Developed a remote radio controlled lifting beam to level heavy suspended loads. Developed the AGV a 6tonne carrying capacity 400mm high container sized 4 wheel steered platform with Radio controlled or auto path following capability. Started sabbatical projects to reward long term employees who are paid to work 5 hrs per week with a small budget on any project they like. Project 1 is a plastics recycling system. The shredder part has been built. Project 2 is a lightweight, highly water efficient, 1.2m dia x 2.4m high aeroponics system to grow enough greens for a family of four in areas like shaded patios or balconies.
2018. Developed 6 axes lightweight beam flange plasma with corrugated web circle cutting capability. Developed the Super nailplate Handler. Developed 2D Beehive frame router. Built DIY CNC lathe and CNC milling machine. Developed auto wall plate drilling machine. Started commercialisation of a comprehensive range of integrated machinery for making prefabricated buildings. Developed basic linear docking saw with auto drilling functions, raking wall framer and raking wall cladder.
2017. Developed the Boa timber web floor truss machine. Built a prototype solar powered vegetable row crop weeding machine. Developed an automated linear lightweight beam machine. Triple decoilers, infeed web corrugator and web cutoff plasma, dual auto tracking welders with MZ3 weld torch system, laser web profile tracking, dual split rollformer - any beam height, rotary cutoff saw. 2016. Vegetable processing equipment. Started work on a solar weeder and tree planting machine to assist in a goal of regenerative agriculture reclaiming degenerated farm and rangelands into productive agro forests. Started work on a long term project to develop a universal machine controller UMC.
2015. A seed sorter and a precision air seeder for Kimseed.
Commenced development of a tracked robotic beehive handling machine.
2014. Large dual robotic welder with rotary indexing jig.
2013. High speed timber buttjoiner. Heavy duty transfer conveyor system.
2011 - 2012. Painting and curing machine. Composite hardwood timber floorboard, lamella ripping, asssembly, hotmelt rollcoating and pressing machine. Fingerjointer with machine vision knot detection and in-line proof tester.
2010 to 2017. Helped a customer test and develop new lightweight, low embodied CO2, metal building products. In 2011 we invented and built three machines to make these products which we then operated for the customer, on a piece rate contract.
2008 to 2018. Amongst a wide range of wood machines we have developed an automated portable electric sawmill, linear multi cut wood saws, picker placers, pack stackers and destackers, nail plate presses and timber strength testing machines.
2009. Acquired a Resorcinol glue manufacturing plant with formulas originally developed by the CSIRO for Australian timbers. The plant was originally owned by Norm Town in NSW, then in WA by Bunnings and then Prochemsol. MZ3 now only manufacture Resorcinol resin adhesive for in-house use. This is a long proven, high strength, waterproof, structural timber adhesive used for marine timbers (rudders, oars, yachts), high strength exposed structural timber glu-lam beams (pedestrian bridges), laminated posts, finger-jointed timber, rollercoaster framework and even aircraft propellors.
2008. Developed a fastener free, resorcinol glued timber floor panel and a prefabricated stair system for industrial mezzanine floor kits.
2007/2008 MZ3’s first full machine. A robotically controlled plasma torch, it is still operating in 2018.
2005 to 2007. 4 PLC rollformer controllers. 2 controlled by VBA programs. Setup a steel wall and truss plant from scratch with two rollformers and a steel wall frame progressor employing up to 16 people. Developed a very basic and low cost linear web saw. Managed a timber roof, floor truss and wall plant from 2 employees to 14 on two shifts.
MZ3000 registered as a sole trader in 2001. Owner employed as a mechanical design engineer in a small automation company.