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 rapid manufacturing is helping the fight against COVID-19

Tuesday March 31, 2020

With supply chains interrupted and demand for products decreasing, the coronavirus pandemic is hitting the manufacturing industry hard. And because several countries are still months away from controlling their local COVID-19 situation, it could be a while before business gets back to normal. But that doesn’t mean the rapid manufacturing world will sit idly by […] Read More

CNC Machining Custom Parts

Monday March 16, 2020

The modern manufacturing industry is beginning to lean heavily into new capabilities that allow for specially machined custom parts that suit the precise needs of individual buyers. This sort of service and production style offers clients a means of making the best use of their tools, products or any other machined parts they may need, […] Read More

Find the best way to load your workpiece for CNC Machining

Tuesday February 25, 2020

When making CNC machined parts, it is important to first figure out the best way to load and hold the workpiece. This step comes before plotting the tool path, and plays an important role in the process. Workholding and loading are crucial aspects of the CNC machining process. Your workpiece is only going to be […] Read More

How 3D Printing Helps Reconstruct Historical Artifacts

Tuesday February 4, 2020

While 3D printing is largely associated with manufacturing and prototyping, it has garnered some attention for its ability to reconstruct, renovate and repair objects as well. This makes it a fairly useful resource for museums, curators and historians looking to reconstruct objects, artifacts and even fossils with the use of printing, scanning and digital models. […] Read More

3D printed buildings: Fact or fiction?

Friday January 24, 2020

If you live in a house or apartment in a developed country, chances are your building was built from bricks and mortar — the traditional way, with traditional materials. But if you’ve read much about 3D printing, you’ve probably read a few stories about 3D printed buildings: additive architectural phenomena that forgo bricks and mortar […] Read More

How 3D Printing Offers Sustainable & Environmentally Friendly Solutions

Friday March 27, 2020

As we enter a more eco-conscious era of manufacturing, there are tons of concerns that new technologies are possibly taking us backwards. The concerns often levied at 3D printing put its abundant use of plastics and power usage under fire, and sometimes these arguments are valid. However, players within the industry are doing their best […] Read More

3D Printing in the Sports Industry

Friday February 28, 2020

In the US alone, the sports goods industry makes about $45 billion dollars annually, requiring the creation of all sorts of gear, fashion and accessories. The worldwide estimates can go as high as $300 billion. As with most manufacturing industries, the worlds of games and sports are waking up to the possibilities additive manufacturing has […] Read More

The CNC machine shop: A complete guide

Tuesday February 25, 2020

What is a machine shop? A machine shop is a place where subtractive manufacturing takes place. It’s not a “shop” like a store, but rather a room or building containing machinery where machinists and other technical staff make things. The shop can be part of a large factory or a room in the premises of […] Read More

How CNC machining is used in the electronics industry

Friday January 31, 2020

The electronics industry is one of the largest and most powerful industries in the world, and many of its products — from professional high-tech equipment to consumer electronics — are made with CNC machined parts. Machined components for the electronics industry include both plastic and metal parts, and technologies used to produce them include CNC […] Read More

Vertical vs. Horizontal Milling and Turning

Friday January 24, 2020

When it comes to milling and turning machines, there are a lot of details that make a significant difference in your workflow. No single machine can handle every possible manufacturing operation so it’s wise to note the characteristics that would be most suitable to one’s operations. There are many such calculations to keep in mind, […] Read More