Design & Engineering
Collaborative Design & Engineering
Make Your Vision Reality
At Merit Industries, our design and engineering department has the capability to collaborate with your team until vision becomes reality. With our experienced team of engineers, we can provide input on material types, coatings, heat treatment and give recommendations in texture and finish variations. We also offer design refinement and suggestions for smaller, complex projects and reverse engineering. It is our goal to help design a product that is easily and economically manufactured, abiding by a design for manufacturability (DFM) standard.
From the initial concept to prototype development, we can provide prototype samples for evaluation and/or testing. Merit works with you through each process, prior to design and manufacturing, considering many variables.
Design files are accepted in any format. Merit is able to convert files into SOLIDWORKS CAD files and cross reference them with computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software in order to program them into our machines. We keep your project’s guidelines in mind every step of the way, ensuring precise results.
Manufacturing Project Review & Planning:
After creating or receiving designs, Merit's manufacturing engineers perform a project review to process the approval of the manufacturing plan. A risk analysis is performed to make sure that Merit can provide the resources required for each design. If a design from an outside source is involved, engineers gather all of the standards and specifications from the source to ensure the designs meet compliance standards before proceeding. Once a project’s risk analysis has been approved, a project schedule is published
Build to Print:
To start building a design, first Merit’s team will check to ensure the CAD models are in compliance to the intended design. A step-by-step manufacturing process will then be designed. Merit custom designs the tooling using software or other computer modeling design programs and machine coding programs. Once the Computer Aided Manufacturing code is written a Verification Cut program is preformed to validate the machine coding.
Validation & Verification:
The first article is inspected and a second look at all the items below are verified before production approval is granted.
- Pricing validation
- Project timing requirements
- Tooling considerations
- Material availability
Once production approval is granted Merit begins building the tools, procuring materials and manufacturing products at production levels to meet or exceed our customers delivery schedules.