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.

Three Main Types of Lasers for Cutting

Wednesday March 20, 2019

Laser cutting has been around since the 60’s but now it’s as relevant as it has ever been due to its growing usage within industrial processes. This non-contact process uses a constant beam of light to create heat and pressure which then reshapes/distorts various materials with precision as the cutting head moves over the material […] Read More

CNC Machining For Precious Metal Jewelry

Wednesday March 6, 2019

Precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum form a major cornerstone of many products. While they serve as core components for electronics, energy creation and the automotive industry, they are most popular in the production of jewelry and accessories. These metals are often irreplaceable in their respective roles and embody a diverse range of […] Read More

It’s Easier Than Ever to Make Injection Molded Toys

Saturday February 23, 2019

For a long time, making toys in an amateur capacity was a difficult thing to do. You could use wood, or you could piece things together from recycled components, but high-quality toymaking was a practice exclusively carried out by big and medium-size toy companies: giants like Mattel and LEGO and the like on the higher […] Read More

Various Aluminum Alloy for Manufacturing

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Aluminum is one of the most used metals in the world, along with iron, tin and copper. It’s a cornerstone of so many goods and industrial applications, and it’s easy to see why. It’s lightweight with a density far lower than a lot of its counter parts. It’s durable and a great conductor for both […] Read More

4 Ways 3D Printing is Bringing Sustainable Materials to Construction

Tuesday December 25, 2018

Construction printing has seen a lot of great initiatives in the past few years, from 3D printing drones to massive cable driven, infinite-build machines. However, taking construction to the next level isn’t solely about improving the hardware but also the input materials. It’s no secret that the construction industry can be wasteful, being one of […] Read More

When is vacuum casting more suitable than injection molding?

Tuesday March 12, 2019

3ERP offers a wide variety of prototyping processes, from industrial-grade CNC machining to FDM 3D printing. For small volumes of plastic parts, however, businesses are often torn between injection molding — a commonly used process in which molten material is injected into a metal mold — and vacuum casting, in which more affordable silicone molds […] Read More

Ways to Create Colorful Prototypes

Tuesday February 26, 2019

Whether your prototype is for user testing or investor pitches, injecting a splash of color can turn a half-finished idea into a part that looks ready for the market. 3ERP offers a range of coloring options for prototypes and end-use parts, offering finishing services like painting, tinting and anodizing, as well as color-friendly manufacturing processes […] Read More

5 ways to improve your sheet metal parts

Wednesday January 23, 2019

Sheet metal fabrication is a handy set of manufacturing processes used to create parts from flat pieces of metal. Sheet metal comes in a range of materials and thicknesses, and can be used to create parts like appliances, enclosures, brackets, panels and chassis. For those new to sheet metal fabrication, the process can seem daunting. […] Read More

Decreasing Shrinkage in Metal Die-Casting

Sunday January 13, 2019

Metal casting, like all industrial methods, necessitates a fair amount of accuracy and fidelity towards the intended design. However, things are rarely as simple as executing a method of production because uncalculated variables can rear their heads and ruin a design with bumps, tiny gaps and today’s topic: shrinkage. Read More

Things to consider when developing medical devices

Tuesday December 4, 2018

Creating a medical device is an enticing prospect. Although competitive, the medical device market can be extremely lucrative, with innovative devices capable of making millions for their creators. Needless to say, such devices can also save lives. But designing a medical device takes a lot of effort. There are more considerations, potential pitfalls and stringent […] Read More