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.

How Spare Part 3D Printing is Revolutionizing the Automotive, Locomotive and Aviation industries

Tuesday October 15, 2019

Commercial travel and vehicle manufacturing is about as heavy and factory-intensive as industries get. Even the smallest car is a massive undertaking with tons of components, never mind massive airplanes or locomotives. These vehicles are meant to operate indefinitely and over long periods of time (sometimes decades). This also means that many of these vehicles […] Read More

4 Tailor-Made Materials Created For Additive Manufacturing

Saturday August 24, 2019

With the continuing growth of additive manufacturing, companies and researchers have come up with various sub-technologies, add-ons and means of optimizing prints. However, another means of achieving an optimized object is to optimize the material being used. This has given a rise to various materials made for 3D printing, all of which exhibit ideal properties […] 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

CNC Machining For Musical Instruments

Monday September 2, 2019

The music industry is a massive revenue-generating behemoth, with the sales of musical instruments alone amounting to 4.5 billion dollars annually. That cost is justified because, as any musician will know, producing precise electric and acoustic instruments requires a lot of know-how and precision. And precision is where CNC machining comes in. The manufacturing process, used to […] Read More

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

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