3ERP blog and resources

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We share information, tips and things we've learned from our years in the rapid prototyping and manufacturing industry.

4 Things to do Next When Your Prototype Doesn’t Work featured image
Friday January 12, 2018

A bringing an idea from the design stage to the prototype process means that it must undergo a great deal of work. From tweaking numbers and moving components to changing materials and adding features, once a design makes it to the stage where it’s ready for a prototype to be created, it is a common […]

How to Tint PMMA & PC Prototypes featured image
Tuesday January 9, 2018

If you look at the tail light of your car, you might notice that, instead of making the whole lamp in red, it usually contains a clear, transparent area. That's because red color is needed for brake indicator lights, while the transparent area gives enough light when your car is reversing

How Prototypes Improve Your Manufacturing Process featured image
Friday December 15, 2017

Moving a product from the design phase to its market introduction is a process that has specific steps. Knowing what to do to make it as quick, accurate and valuable as possible is the key to its success. Once a design has been completed, what are the next steps? It’s important to talk to an […]

Why We Started 3ERP: What ‘Excellence, Efficient, and Economic’ Means featured image
Tuesday December 5, 2017

An interview with Ronan Ye, Founder and General Manager of 3ERP Q:  Why did you found your company, 3E Rapid Prototyping (3ERP)? What goals did you want to accomplish? A:  I started 3ERP because I like rapid prototyping and manufacturing. And because it’s something I am good at doing. But there are other reasons, too. […]

The History and Future of Aluminum Extrusion featured image
Tuesday November 21, 2017

Aluminum is an essential element that is behind only silicon and oxygen in terms of its abundance in the earth’s crust. While materials like steel and copper have a longer use history, today aluminum is found in numerous applications across a wide swath of diverse industries. The History of Aluminum Aluminum ores had previously been […]

The Use of Laser Cutting in Sheet Metal Prototyping   featured image
Friday November 3, 2017

The Use of Laser Cutting in Sheet Metal Prototyping   Though there are a number of ways that sheet metal can be shaped and cut, few are as precise, reliable and cost effective as laser cutting. The technology involved in laser cutting is so effective that a continuation and improvement of its future capabilities is inevitable. Categories […]

What it Takes to Become ISO Certified Rapid Prototyping Company? featured image
Friday October 13, 2017

ISO is the acronym for International Standards Organization. ISO 9001 is a common standard that many manufacturers seek certification for. ISO 9001 certification shows the world that your manufacturing concern takes quality seriously, and is important in every phase of business that includes: People Facilities Training Services Equipment Company Benefits of ISO 9001 Certification Becoming […]

Quality Control for CNC Machining: 7 Things to Consider featured image
Thursday September 21, 2017

When it comes to CNC machining manufacturing, fractions of inches can make the difference between a successful product and losing a customer. There are several ways to promote quality control (QC) in CNC production. This post will explore some of these. What is CNC Machining Quality Control? Quality control is the process used in CNC […]

Savvy Savings: Simple Tips For Manufacturers To Cut Costs featured image
Friday September 1, 2017

As with most manufacturers, you are likely on the lookout for ways to save money, but doing so is often easier said than done. Firms typically take advantage of the most obvious ways to cut costs early on, and struggle to find more subtle chances for saving. If you manage to continue lowering costs over […]

How can CNC Machining be used on 3D Printed Parts: Complementary Techniques to Shape the Future featured image
Monday August 21, 2017

3-D printing has gained a great deal of traction in the past few years. Its popularity is expected to grow as the techniques become more refined and focused. Unlike some experts warned, though, 3-D printing is not poised to replace CNC machining. Forward-thinking companies combine the properties of both techniques to develop strategies that meet […]