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Merit3D prints 60,000 parts in one day using Magna 3D printers

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Merit3D, a leading additive manufacturing company in Southeast Utah, was able to 3D print 60,000 parts in less than eight hours, setting a record for 3D printing last February. The record was achieved using Magna 3D printers for Photocentric’s high-speed light-curing technology.

Today, manufacturing is an estimated $12 trillion industry that takes place largely in China. 3D printing has disrupted the industry by allowing manufacturers to skip the injection molding process and go straight to production while bringing the process back to the United States. However, mass production with 3D printing has proven difficult. Merit3D hopes to overcome this challenge and bring manufacturing to the top of Southeast Utah’s list of industries.

“When we started exploring 3D printing, we decided we had to hit the targets to make it a viable business. We had to be cost effective, have the right quality, and have the right scalability,” said Spencer Loveless, CEO of Merit3D “Achieving 60,000 impressions in less than eight hours proves we have the right scalability. The lessons we learned when we ran into issues in those eight hours helped streamline our processes even further.”

Merit3D prints 60,000 parts in one day using Magna 3D printers, using Photocentric's high-speed light-curing technology and materials

The 60,000 pieces printed in less than eight hours were side-release buckles for another Price company, UT, Alaska Guide Creations. Alaska Guide Creations is an authorized dealer of outdoor optics and a manufacturer of high quality accessories, producing binocular packs and other hunting tools and accessories.

Zac Jones, co-owner of Alaska Guide Creations, said, “We struggled to find a side-release buckle that would meet our needs with the attachments in our binocular pack. There was just nothing we liked, so we designed our own custom hardware, which eliminated the need for an SR loop. Before 3D printing, the only option to mass-produce something like this was injection molding, which takes months and it’s better to get the design right the first time. We were able to go back and forth with Merit3D over multiple iterations in a single week. It is an invaluable attribute of 3D printing.

As the parts were printed in the Merit3D factory on January 25, the company invited many local officials and business owners to come watch the feat and talk about what manufacturing in the southeastern part of the world is all about. Utah could do for the region’s ailing economy.

“Carbon County was founded on coal, that’s where it got its name, ‘Carbon’. Today, there is no coal mined in Carbon County and it is real. We need to keep the wheels in motion for an industry like this that will be sustainable in our community,” Price City Mayor Michael Kourianos said. “You bring technical expertise to our community that can be used around the world and it’s phenomenal. You develop a career path that gives people hope and a clear vision.

By using Magna 3D printers from Photocentric, Merit3D is constantly innovating to meet the demand of its large customer base. One of his latest endeavors is electroplating 3D prints, adding strength and other metal properties to plastic parts.