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.

Safety tips for CNC machining magnesium & other flammable metals

Friday May 29, 2020

Magnesium is a valuable metal for CNC machining thanks to its lightness and high level of machinability. However, it provides a hazard for CNC machinists: the chips and dust from machined magnesium are highly flammable. Without due caution and preparation, CNC machining magnesium can become a serious safety risk. This article looks at best practices […] Read More

What is the best way to make a metal prototype?

Tuesday May 12, 2020

Metal prototypes are important for businesses in many industries, from aerospace to electronics, because an effective metal prototype can lead to a better finished product. This article discusses the importance of metal prototypes and looks at situations in which metal prototyping is favorable over plastic prototyping. It also discusses various effective methods for creating metal […] Read More

3D Printing in the Toy and Games Industries

Thursday April 30, 2020

The ability of 3D printing to easily create figurines, models and plastic electronic casings has been a massive boon to the toys and games industries. Manufacturers and enterprising makers have been employing the technology to make a whole bunch of unique tools for gamers to make the most of their play. Customized Miniatures & Tabletop […] Read More

Injection Molding: What It Is, How It Works, Who Is It For

Monday April 20, 2020

Injection molding is the most popular method for manufacturing plastic parts on the planet, so it’s not surprising that the global market for the process was valued at almost 260 million U.S. dollars, with projections for continued growth in the foreseeable future. The technology is used in a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, medical […] Read More

Soft vs. Hard Tooling for Injection Molding

Wednesday April 15, 2020

There are two broad categories of injection molding tools: soft tooling and hard tooling. Selecting the appropriate material depends on a variety of factors, such as budget limitations, volume requirements, and material selection. Soft tooling is used for prototyping or small production runs while hard tooling is used for high-volume production. What is Soft Tooling? […] Read More

Why Precision Manufacturing is Important for Your Products

Saturday May 16, 2020

Precision manufacturing is one of the biggest advances in recent times. Unlike some of the other trends in the industry, precision manufacturing has the potential to completely revolutionize how a range of industries operate, allowing to cut costs while simultaneously increasing efficiency, tightening tolerances, and providing a more reliable way of producing parts. The technology […] Read More

CNC Machining Large Parts

Tuesday May 5, 2020

CNC machines are a marvelous tool for producing a wide range of products, but they have their particular size limitations. The standard machine shop or prosumer will tend not to have too large a machine because such a device can be impractical for a lot of scenarios. The question arises: how can they machine large […] Read More

Injection Molding vs. 3D Printing: All You Need to Know

Friday April 24, 2020

Today’s companies have more options than ever to manufacture parts from almost any materials. And when it comes to producing parts from plastics, most end up opting for either injection molding and 3D printing. While the 3D printing option is generally more well-known because of its availability to even consumer-level users, the injection molding market […] Read More

CNC Machining For Ceramics

Thursday April 16, 2020

As a material widely used in everyday items from clocks to knives to bricks to pottery, machining ceramics can be a great way to expand a company’s materials portfolio. Though they are traditionally made using a kiln, machining them can be a useful endeavor that gives your machine shop a unique selling point. As a […] Read More

Creating complex parts with overmolding and insert molding

Saturday April 11, 2020

For mass production of simple parts, there are few manufacturing processes more suitable than injection molding, the most widely used plastic manufacturing process in the world. Injection molding is used to make everything from food packaging to aircraft parts, while its speed and cost-effectiveness — especially at scale — make it the top choice of […] Read More