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.

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

How to Design Parts Using CNC Machines?

Wednesday April 8, 2020

For most people, the knowledge about manufacturing and prototyping technologies of today consists mostly of what they learn in school or what they stumble upon on the internet. Many are at least vaguely familiar with the process of 3D printing, which can offer sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturing possibilities. But even though 3D printing is becoming […] Read More

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

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

CNC Milling: Everything You Need to Know

Friday April 3, 2020

CNC milling is one of the most impressive technological advances of this century. Although most people are more familiar with 3D printing as a way to produce precise physical prints, CNC milling has been around for longer and is still widely used today. From its wide range of applications in the electronics industry to its […] 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