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Welcome to 3ERP's blog, where we share information, tips and things we’ve learned from our years in the rapid prototyping and manufacturing industry.

Prototype Machining: Pros and Cons of CNC for Prototyping

Thursday July 18, 2019

What is CNC machining? Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining is a manufacturing process in which computer inputs are used to control machining tools such as drills and lathes. It is used across many industries for a variety of prototype and end-use parts. The process starts with a digital 3D design, created using CAD software, which […] Read More

Trends & Factors Influencing CNC Growth in the Asian Region

Saturday June 29, 2019

As one of the most prominent technologies in the world, CNC machining is big business. Overall, the industry has seen growth all over the world (see our article on the industry outlook for CNC), but there are finer details worth examining for regional trends. Globally speaking, the largest machine tool consumers are China, the US, […] Read More

Surgeons in South Africa complete first 3D printing-based ear operation

Tuesday June 11, 2019

In a recent game-changing operation in healthcare and the 3D printing industry, a team of surgeons in South Africa has completed a successful middle ear transplant using titanium. Surgeons at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa reconstructed the hammer, anvil and stirrup ossicles for a patient from 3D printed titanium. The team […] Read More

How Generative Design Leads to Better Parts

Tuesday May 21, 2019

When creating a part or a product, the first step is often the hardest. Even if you are a highly skilled CAD expert, a professional engineer or a handy machinist, it can sometimes be difficult to step back and ask: How should this part be? What specific shape and arrangement would best serve its purpose? […] Read More

Machining projects are more affordable than you think

Sunday May 12, 2019

For many businesses, the prospect of hiring a manufacturer for a CNC machining project can seem daunting. Machining is a complex process that requires comprehensive planning, a skilled machinist, and sometimes a large block of material. All of those things require time and money, so businesses often see machining as beyond their financial reach. This […] Read More

The Role of CNC Machining in Green Energy Industry

Tuesday July 9, 2019

The energy sector is the lifeblood of modern society, powering all our devices and industry continuously. Consequently, this constant, vigilant production of energy requires all sorts of advanced equipment, from hydraulic valves for the oil and gas industry to solar cells to wind turbine parts. CNC has been crucial in creating these complex devices. Aside […] Read More

CNC Machining Industry Trends 2019

Monday June 17, 2019

CNC machining is still going strong within the world of manufacturing, showing precipitous growth even amidst the slew of competing technologies and new entrants. Even so, CNC machining is a wide ocean with many varying interests and trends within it. With so many sub-technologies it can be hard to keep track of what the latest […] Read More

Aluminum CNC Machine: Benefits and Possible Alternatives

Wednesday May 29, 2019

For CNC machining projects, aluminum is one of the most popular material choices due to its desirable physical properties. It is strong, which makes it ideal for mechanical parts, and its oxidized outer layer is resistant to corrosion from the elements. These benefits have made aluminum parts common across all industries, though they are particularly […] Read More

5 steps from idea to mass production

Thursday May 16, 2019

Bringing a product design to market – no matter how physically large or small – is no easy feat. Working out a 3D CAD model of your new design is half of the battle, but the steps along the way can make or break your project. In this article we have listed the 5 steps […] Read More

How Additive Manufacturing is Improving the Aerospace Industry

Sunday May 5, 2019

From the earliest days of additive manufacturing, providers of 3D printing hardware and materials have identified the aerospace industry as an important target for their products. Aircraft, as highly complex systems with a diverse array of parts, stand to benefit from cutting-edge developments in production tools and materials, especially those that can reduce the weight […] Read More

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