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.

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

Manufacturing Technologies Growth Trends and Forecasts

Monday April 15, 2019

Innovations in CNC machining, additive manufacturing and casting technologies are giving companies, prosumers and consumers an unprecedented level of design options. However, with so many technologies on the market, the question remains: how are they faring in terms of growth and which industries are employing them most prominently? Here, we take a look at the […] 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

Design Tips for Stereolithography 3D Printing

Wednesday April 24, 2019

Stereolithography (SLA) is a versatile and high-quality manufacturing and prototyping process. Although less widely used than extrusion-based additive manufacturing technologies like Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), SLA was actually the original incarnation of 3D printing, first appearing way back in the 1980s. Today, desktop SLA printers have been popularized by brands like 3D Systems and Formlabs, […] Read More

Achieving a Phenomenal Finish with Metallization

Saturday March 23, 2019

Every industry and application is different, but metal parts often look and feel superior to their plastic counterparts. Metal provides a gloss and sheen, as well as the appearance of strength and durability. Plastic is incredibly useful, but metal often wins in the overall quality stakes. On the other hand, plastic parts are often much […] Read More