FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Innovate3D located?
What is the first step in the invention process?
How will I know my invention idea will remain private?
What is a Non-Disclosure Agreement?
How much do invention services cost?
Are you a marketing or investment firm?
Will I own my invention after the process is complete?
Who will assist me with my invention?
How can I see some of your past work?
How long does the whole invention process take?
Can I view the progress of the work that is being done?
When do you have your free consultations?
How long is a consultation?
How can I contact you?
How big is your company?
Innovate3D Great Lakes is located in Dearborn, Michigan; however, we work with people from all over the United States.
When inspiration hits and you have your big idea, the first step we recommend is contacting us for a free invention consultation. To get your consultation, you can fill out our information request form or give us call at (800) 405-0830. From there, we will send a brief e-mail about our company and a few basic questions to help determine if our services are what you are looking for.
This is a very important question when it comes to invention development, and a very important question to Innovate3D as well. When you first contact us to schedule a free consultation, we will send you a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). It is not imperative that you sign the agreement prior to your consultation; however, we will not be able to talk about your specific invention until you do. Without a signed NDA, we will only be able to provide information about our services and experience.
A Non-Disclosure Agreement (also called a Confidentiality Agreement) is a legal contract between two or several parties. It means that a confidential relationship exists between the involved parties, for example in regards to material, knowledge, or information that the parties wish to share with one another for certain purposes, but restrict access to by third-parties. Information covered by the agreement cannot be disclosed.
When working with Innovate3D, including the free consultation, an NDA will be signed before we discuss your invention idea; without the agreement in place, we will only be able to provide information about our services and experience.
Following the initial free consultation we offer all potential clients, Innovate3D has very competitive pricing on our invention services. While our competitors require inventors to pay large retainer fees, Innovate3D's services are available with no minimum purchase at $95/hour. Our creative prototyping options have also been structured so we can work within set budgets.
The goal of Innovate3D is to provide you with the best available services while being cost-effective. Because all inventions come in different shapes and sizes, making each one is unique, we'll be able to give you a better idea on pricing once we understand your specific needs and goals. An estimate of the scope of work involved in your project will always be provided before any work gets done.
No, Innovate3D does not invest in or market our clients’ inventions. We are focused on providing personal, honest invention assistance using advanced engineering, prototyping, and design tools.
Yes, of course! You maintain 100% full ownership of your idea/invention at all times during the development process. Here at Innovate3D, we pride ourselves on personal, honest work. You are always in the driver’s seat. Any patentable inventions developed during the design cycle will be assigned back to the customer.
Innovate3D has highly trained engineers who will help you with your invention and other services that you need. Each member on our engineering team has areas of special expertise, but we all have many years of experience in the engineering field as well as working with inventors/inventions. You will be in good hands!
On our website, under Invention Stories, you are able to see a few examples of inventions we have helped clients with. However, for confidentiality reasons, past invention projects are only made available by clients who have completed the patent process and have published their invention.
It is hard to predict how long it will take for us to help you with your invention. It all depends on the size of the project and the type of services you are in need of. We believe in 100% satisfaction, and put the best care into assisting you, no matter how long it takes. We may be able to give you a general idea about the timeline for your specific invention following your free invention consultation.
Innovate3D uses some of the best project management software available, which is 100% secure and safe, for you to keep track of the work that is being done on your invention. It is a great tool for you to view your project and communicate with the engineers and the entire team.
Most of our consultation calls are done on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (EST). However, if those days don’t work for you we are more than happy to schedule your consultation for another time.
Innovate3D offers a free 20 minute consultation. We take each call very seriously and will answer all of your questions. The length of the initial call will depend on e.g. how far along you are in the invention process, the nature of your questions, and whether or not there is a Non-Disclosure Agreement in place.
Initially, you can contact us a few different ways. You can call us at 800-405-0830 Monday through Friday (EST); you can fill out a contact form on our website; or you can send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an existing client, you will be able to contact the engineer(s) you are working with directly, as well as communicate with us through the project management software we use to help you keep track of what's going on with your invention project at all times.
Innovate3D has grown over the past few years, but we still work as a small team of only about a handfull of people in order to provide the honest and personal service our clients have grown to expect. We strive to give each client a fun and unique experience throughout the whole invention process.