About The Author

Author: Ronan Ye

After graduating from University, I started working as a project manager for a rapid prototyping company called Rapman in 2006, where I had my first opportunity to learn about the manufacturing process and gain valuable practical experience.

After some time, I was invited to join a foreign-owned rapid prototyping company in Zhongshan as their second employee. We eagerly ventured into the business world and became one of the best companies in China. However, eventually, I felt that I had reached the ceiling of what I could learn working there and decided I needed a new challenge.

That’s why in 2010, I started 3ERP with the goal of providing excellent quality, a wide range of services, fast turnaround time, and affordable prices. This approach helped us win the trust of all of our customers who kept coming back to us with new projects, which helped ensure the consistent growth of the company.

At 3ERP, we have two rules: 1) Quality is always the top priority and 2) try to do things right the first time. Because of that, 3ERP probably has the strictest quality control team in the world; they have the authority to reject any parts while also knowing how to identify the ones that are good enough to pass any test. We never compromise on quality and tolerance, unless compromise makes sense and is agreed to by the customers, which is why our complaint rate remains under 1%.

Being in this business for over 14 years and personally handling thousands of projects has helped me build up the knowledge and experience in all methods of rapid manufacturing. Today, I can confidently provide the best solution for our customers for all project types. In the meantime, I try to pass on my experience to our project managing team, helping them make the right decisions on new projects.

 

What is ‘machinability’ and how is it measured?

Saturday January 22, 2022

The manufacturing process of machining is a versatile and effective means of cutting metal and plastic. It can create very fine details with tight tolerances, and it is highly cost-effective for making prototypes and small batches of parts. However, machining doesn’t work equally well for all materials. Because the process uses a powerful rotating cutting […] Read More

3D printing composite materials: An introductory guide

Tuesday December 28, 2021

Additive manufacturing can be used with a wide range of materials, from high-performance thermoplastics like PEEK to aerospace-ready metals like titanium. Sometimes, however, engineers want to combine the properties of two different materials, and one of the best ways to do this is by using composites. Used in processes like FDM and SLS (as well […] Read More

Die casting materials & when to use them

Wednesday December 8, 2021

Die casting is a highly accurate and efficient metal manufacturing process for industrial, commercial, and consumer goods. With tooling that lasts a very long time, die casting is suitable for the manufacturing of complex metal parts, offering great value when it comes to mass production. Several metals can make suitable die casting materials. These are […] Read More

Aerospace CNC machining: Lightweight titanium parts and more

Tuesday November 9, 2021

The global aerospace industry is a hotbed of design and manufacturing innovation, with millions and millions of complex metal parts produced yearly. An important tool at the aerospace industry’s disposal is CNC machining. Aerospace machining leads to advanced aircraft parts made from lightweight metals like titanium and aluminum, while machining is also a valuable prototyping […] Read More

6 reasons to choose machined parts over molded

Wednesday September 29, 2021

Machined parts are everywhere, and it’s easy to see why: CNC machining is suitable for a range of metals and plastics, and machined parts can be fabricated quickly and affordably with no tooling required. With 3ERP, you can get machined parts and prototypes at fair prices with short lead times, and we have experience working […] Read More

Sinker EDM vs wire EDM: Main differences and applications

Friday January 14, 2022

Electrical discharge machining (EDM) is a non-conventional subtractive manufacturing process that excels at cutting through very hard materials. Unlike ordinary machining, EDM can cut through metals without making contact. It does this by creating an electrical spark that erodes material from the metal workpiece. EDM isn’t suitable for all applications, but it is an essential […] Read More

Vertical milling & horizontal milling explained

Tuesday December 14, 2021

Milling is a machining process in which rotary cutters remove material from a workpiece. It is one of the most important forms of machining, along with turning. Milling can be carried out manually, but these days CNC mills — controlled by computer instructions — are prominent. Importantly, CNC mills can be oriented in two ways: […] Read More

12 plastic fabrication methods & when they are used

Friday November 26, 2021

Plastic fabrication is essential to most industries. From polystyrene food packaging to industrial components made from engineering-grade PEEK, plastic fabrication contributes hugely to life as we know it. Without the ability to make plastic parts, we would need to develop radically new systems of production. But plastic fabrication comprises many different methods. Injection molding, plastic […] Read More

The complete guide to machined parts

Friday October 29, 2021

Machined parts are everywhere, and it’s easy to see why: CNC machining is suitable for a range of metals and plastics, and machined parts can be fabricated quickly and affordably with no tooling required. With 3ERP, you can get machined parts and prototypes at fair prices with short lead times, and we have experience working […] Read More

Sheet metal bending

Wednesday September 22, 2021

Bending — sometimes called flanging or press braking — is one of the most important and widely used techniques in sheet metal fabrication.  Sheet metal bending allows manufacturers to turn a straight piece of sheet metal into an angled component, and this can be much more cost-effective than welding or affixing two separate pieces together. […] Read More

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