Mission Critical Hardware R&D

Leading Innovation for Specialized Problems

Root3 Labssm is an engineering research and device development company and qualified small business specializing in applied research, rapid prototyping, and design for manufacture for the medical device industry and US Federal Government. Working with USG customers continuously since 2014, our expert engineering staff has helped US ARMY, DHS, NIH, and NSF customers perform early-stage prototype development to demonstrate and evaluate technology feasibility through extended field testing. Because many of our customers have demanding timelines, our facility includes an extensive 7,500 sf prototyping workshop to allow quick design-prototype-test cycles.

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Assessing Potential, Reducing the Risk<br />
Pairing experience and expertise to make confident decisions

Solving what others can’t

Root3 Labs is a registered Professional Engineering firm, and our staff consists primarily of mechanical, electrical, computer / embedded software, and biomedical design engineers. Many of our engineers are cross-disciplinary with graduate degrees and experience complementary to their undergraduate work. Perhaps more importantly, we’ve found the best hardware engineers also understand manufacturing & assembly processes, so our space is mostly dedicated to our incredible Prototyping Workshop with everything from CNC machining and welding to cast molding, woodworking, electronics, sewing, and yes, 3D printing. We’re not just designers or programmers; we’re true technical engineers at heart. This gives us the ability to solve what others can’t and make sure the detailed engineering inside your product won’t let your customers down.

Mechanical Engineering

Custom Part Design/Model
Microfluidic Systems
Analysis, FEA, Simulations

Engineering Research

Thermal, Visibile, RF characterization
Micro/large-scale Actuators
Material Selection/Testing

Electrical Engineering

Circuit Design & Board Layout
PCB Fabrication/Modification
Sensing & Communications (SAR, RF, BLE)

Embedded Firmware & Software

Real-time Operating Systems
Data Collection/Visualization
Controls & Automation

Rapid Prototype Development

Fabrication & Documentation
Performance Characterization
Field Testing, Evaluation

Design for Manufacturing

Process Flow Development
Reliability, Manufacturability
Design Maturity & Scaling

Military Application

Size, Weight, Power Requirements
System Compatibility, Ruggedization
Rapid Technology Development

Medical Device Design

Usability and Ergonomics
Portability, Biocompatibility
Regulatory Compliance


  • Registered Professional Engineering Firm by the State of Maryland
  • Multiple FAA-licensed commercial sUAV pilots on staff
  • ITAR-registered
  • NIST 800-171 & CMMC Level 2 Compliant
  • Located in a Federal Opportunity Zone

Past Performance

Root3 Labs has a portfolio of prior work supporting the research and development of both government and commercial entities. We’ve demonstrated superior performance on numerous subcontracts from February 2014 through the present. For more information about our past performance on US Government contracts, please contact us directly.

Facilities and Equipment

Root3 Labs’ 7,500sf prototyping facility is located in Owings Mills, MD. Design capabilities include CAD, CAM, FEA, and various engineering software. Extensive in-house resources allow quick-turn, prototype fabrication of electronics, plastic, wood, rubber, textiles, and metal components using a variety of processes.

Engineering Software

Our engineering staff uses Solidworks Standard & Professional and Autodesk Product Design & Manufacturing Collection for computer aided design (CAD), finite element analysis (FEA), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), as well as other specialized design/analysis tools.

Plastic Fabrication

A pair of SLA 3D printers provide precise component prototyping in a variety of materials including biocompatible resins for dental or medical applications. A 50W laser cutter produces precision 2D components in acrylic, wood, polycarbonate, and ultem as well as fabrics, adhesive tapes, and more. The machine shop includes CNC and manual tools capable of producing accurate plastic parts. Additional capabilities include vacuum thermoforming of sheet stock, silicone molding, and painting.

Machine Shop

A 45A 2-axis CNC plasma table, 3-axis CNC Bridgeport Series II 4HP mill, manual 9” x 42” Supermax 1.5HP mill, 3-axis CNC Router, manual 10” Rockwell lathe, manual sheet metal brake, 20T hydraulic press, 200A TIG welder, 7” x 12” Horizontal Bandsaw, 3HP SawStop table saw, 12” Sliding Compound Miter Saw, 14” Vertical Bandsaw, 6” x 42” Belt Sander, and numerous handtools can fabricate most custom parts in metal, plastic, or wood. Depending upon the materials, parts can be finished on-site using black oxide, powder coating, paint, and CNC-cut vinyl.

Data Collection & Characterization

For testing and characterizing prototypes, an AES LH-6 environmental chamber can be configured for heating/cooling and humidity to simulate extreme operating conditions as well as program long-term storage profiles. High-fidelity, multi-channel audio recording equipment produces accurate references for equipment-produced sound levels. Multifunction 22-bit DAQ devices and development I/O boards allow simple control and data collection using various sensors and actuators. Other precision equipment includes a 0-310g x 1mg scale, 90x 5MP USB3 microscope, multi-range DC programmable power supplies, oscilloscope, and signal generator, all of which connect to a PC for monitoring, data collection, and control.

Key Management Personnel

Chad Schneider, PE, MSE, President, & Founder
Mr. Schneider is a mechanical design engineer with 25 years of experience in the design of prototypes and products. He has an engineering master’s degree in haptics and robotics, broad expertise in product development, medical device and instrument design, regulatory compliance, applied research, and manufacturing. He is named on 16 patents, a duly licensed professional engineer by the State of Maryland, a Certified Solidworks Professional (CSWP), and an FAA-certified commercial sUAV pilot.

Government Point of Contact

Chad Schneider, 410-701-0164

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Core Competencies


  • 541330 – Engineering Services
  • 541714 – Research and Development in Biotechnology (except Nanobiotechnology)
  • 541715 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology)
  • 541420 – Industrial Design Services
  • 332710 Machine Shops
  • 332510 Hardware Manufacturing
  • 326199 All Other Plastics Product Manufacturing
  • 335999 All Other Miscellaneous Electrical Equipment and Component


  • AJ44 – R&D – General Science/Technology: Engineering (Engineering Development)
  • AJ43 – R&D – General Science/Technology: Engineering (Advanced Development)
  • AJ42 – R&D – General Science/Technology: Engineering (Applied Research/Exploratory Development)
  • AN14 – R&D – Medical: Biomedical (Engineering Development)
  • AN13 – R&D – Medical: Biomedical (Advanced Development)
  • AZ14 – R&D – Other Research and Development (Engineering Development)
  • AZ13 – R&D – Other Research and Development (Advanced Development)
  • AZ12 – R&D – Other Research and Development (Applied Research/Exploratory Development)