Merit 3D

LET US HELP

This “Let Us Help” path is designed to provide a comprehensive, collaborative, and customized service, ensuring that your product design and manufacturing are optimized for quality, efficiency, and market success.

Why Should You?

Purpose/Goal

Welcome to our “Let Us Help” path, designed specifically for those who already have a part or previous manufacturing process. This is aimed to help innovate or optimize the production process and experience.

STEP 1

Upload Your Part

Step 1: Upload Your Part To Our Instant Estimate Tool or Contact Form

The first step is to fill out our Contact Form to get in touch with us.

You can also use our instant estimate tool to upload your part to us and get your name to us at the same time!

STEP 2

Fill Out The Project Requirements Form

In this step, Merit3D will give you a Project Requirements Form. This form will allow us to begin creating your part to the best of our abilities, while also allowing us to develop the mass manufacturing process for your specific project.

The project requirement form is designed to help us get all relevant information needed to mass produce your part.

This form will skip much of the back and forth emailing of questions and clarifications to make the manufacturing process easier. There will still be back and forth emailing and phone calls for questions from both sides, but in general the form will greatly increase the speed of the process.

You can find more explanation on the questions, as well as example answers here.

 Part Description/Purpose and Function: (Example) This part is designed to hold my phone on my desk, it’s hollow and somewhat designed for 3d printing, and specifically for the Iphone 12 Pro.

This is to help us understand what your part is used for. By understanding, we can make better test parts by using what we know to avoid certain options and focus on others.

Technical Specifications: (Example) The phone holder needs to have as flat a surface as possible where the phone back will sit. The lip the phone sits on needs to be snug to the phone but not to tight so I can easily insert the phone and take it out, without the phone falling out from a small bump.

This is to tell us any specific surfaces geometries that are more critical to the part quality than others. We can print the part in most any orientation, but sometimes the surfaces cannot have support marks, or any other contusions. 

Additional Part Info (Tolerances, Surface Finish Requirements, Overhangs, Supports): (Example) The phone holder has a small oval cutout at the bottom that lines up with the phone charging port. This tolerances needs to be within .25 in of the blueprint size. There are also small holes along the base that the phone back sits on, these are mainly to cut away resin usage, but need to be within .20 in to allow proper cooling.

This is to specify what the critical sections are, such as a hole needing to be a certain size, a surface needing to be a certain smoothness or roughness, or if we can’t use supports on certain surfaces.

Preferred Resin Type: (Example) The DL110HB material.

This tells us what material to begin our testing and printing with.

Material Strength/Properties Requirements: (Example) The material doesn’t have to be extremely strong, but needs to withstand small drops and repeated heavy use. A slight flex to the material is ok, but rigid is prefered.

This is to help us understand material properties that are needed for the part, some need to be flexible, and some need to be completely rigid. With any additional info on what the material is required to be like, we can make recommendations and send samples.

Layer Thickness: (Example) 250 Microns (Fine)

This is for us to know what layer thickness to print at, the lower the layer thickness, the higher the quality. Some parts need 100 Micron layers to achieve the extra detail for close inspections. While some parts may be printed at 250 microns because they need the part faster and the detail quality isn’t as critical.

Printing Orientation: (Example) This part was designed to print stand up as it would be in use.

This helps us save material on testing and prototyping. If there is a specific surface the part was designed to print on, the testing phase becomes much faster and cheaper.

Any Additional Notes or Instructions: (Example) I’m interested in coloring options, I would like to discuss with someone any possibilities of getting these colored.

This is for any specific production or post production needs that we would need to know.

Project Deadline: (Example) 15/05/2025

This tells us when we need to have the part shipped to you.

File Upload: (Example) PhonestandV7.stl

This is how we get the part you’ve been describing. Without the part file, we either have to design from scratch with has a design fee; Or we have nothing to print.

Additional Questions? (Example) Can I have a call to discuss any possible design improvements that would save on my cost?

This is for any and all questions you may have. 

STEP 3

Get a Quote

In this step, customers will get a quote from Merit3D about their project. 

In this step, Merit3D will send you a quote for an estimated time frame and cost. If design help is wanted or redesign is required, we offer our design services at the rate of 125$/hr.

Most projects are between 300$ and 3000$.

STEP 4

Testing

In this step Merit3D will begin printing your part in different orientations in your material choice.

In this step, Merit3D will work on your project and provide 1-2 iterations of your part. With the iterations, Merit3D will also provide a quick consultation on your project.

Merit3D will also provide samples of other materials for your convenience. 

STEP 4

Mass Production

After reviewing your part and the samples in step 4, your part will either be approved, or need more testing/design. 

If your product is approved, we move to MASS PRODUCTION!

If your product is not approved, simply go back to step 3 and repeat!

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Capabilites

At Merit3D we strive to “Deliver Manufacturing happiness.” The best way we’ve found to do that, is to believe we are capable of anything, but DONT WORRY! We know we aren’t truly there yet. What we are capable of though, is providing our customers with a much faster and smoother process to mass production. The additive Printing process is evolving every day, allowing more and more manufacturing options. If you’re interest in learning how we do it…

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Gallery

We know we know, we’ve already heard it a gazillion times. “You can’t print that it’s not possible.” or “The speed and quality will never be even close to injection molding!” It’s easy for everyone to sit behind a screen and claim they know our part quality and production speeds off of one social post! But as soon as anyone mentions that there’s research to be done, it gets real quiet. If you want to see images of parts we’ve either mass produced for customers, or parts we’ve printed just for fun…

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