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At 3ERP, we have years of experience prototyping and manufacturing parts for robotics and automation applications. We use rapid prototyping and digital manufacturing techniques to produce high-performance prototypes and parts that fit seamlessly within complex robotic systems.

Why manufacture
robotics & automation parts
with 3ERP?

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ISO certified

3E Rapid Prototyping (3ERP) is an ISO9001-2015 certified manufacturer that can guarantee reliable parts and prototypes suitable for industrial robotics and automation.


Huge production capacity

We can fulfill orders of virtually any size, from one-off prototypes to full production.


Range of services

Equal parts machine shop and digital manufacturing specialist, we offer a range of manufacturing technologies and services, from CNC machining to 3D printing.


Ultra precision

Our precision machining allows for tolerances down to +/- 0.005 mm, suitable for micro and nano robotics systems.

Lead Time

Short lead time

Our extensive facilities and partner network allow us to fulfill orders quickly, no matter the quantity or complexity.


Skilled and experienced

We have been manufacturing robotics and automation parts for over a decade and our skilled engineers know how to get the best outcomes from your designs.

Easy Quote System

Easy quotation system

Our engineers will review your designs immediately to provide a fast and accurate quotation for the project.

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Robotics & automation prototyping and manufacturing with 3ERP

At 3ERP, we provide robotics and automation customers with rapid prototyping and services like CNC machining and Injection Molding. Our expert team has the knowledge and skills to help bring new product concepts to life. For more information on our prototyping capabilities and how we serve the robotics industry, contact us or request a quote today.

What kind of robotics & automation parts can we make?

The robotics and automation industry requires a wide range of parts made from both metals and plastics. Typical priorities for robotics customers include:

  • Tight tolerances for critical parts and complex assemblies
  • Low-friction parts that can perform repetitive movements
  • Excellent quality control via on-machine inspection and/or CMM

Below are some of the types of robotics parts we can manufacture for you:

  • Robotic parts
  • Prototypes
  • Manipulator parts
  • Sensors
  • Actuators
  • Micro systems
  • Nano systems
  • Robotic medical devices
  • End effectors
  • Motors
  • Casings, housings, tubing
  • Clamps
  • Conveyor belt components
  • Automatic control equipment
  • Logic controller components

Difference between robotics and automation

The robotics and automation industries are closely linked. Automation is a broader category that describes the use of machines, computers, and other equipment to perform tasks — manual, mathematic, procedural, etc. — that would otherwise need to be carried out by human workers. Robotics, on the other hand, is the use of physical robots to perform physical tasks.

Robotics and automation often go hand in hand, as in industrial manufacturing. In an automotive factory, for example, an assembly line typically consists of hundreds of manufacturing robots performing automated tasks, sometimes with the aid of machine vision. However, automation can exist without robotics (in software automation, for example) and robotics can exist without automation (such as a medical robot controlled by a surgeon).

As a specialist in the prototyping of physical components, 3ERP receives many orders for robotics components. But we can also produce other types of automation parts such as conveyor belt components, automatic control equipment, and logic controller components.
Magnetic End Effector

End effectors: How prototyping helps
get from A to B

Robotic end effectors — essentially the “hands” of the robot that can perform tasks like gripping or manipulating — are key components in a robotic system. Prototyping robotic end effectors is an important stage in the development of a robotic system, as it allows the engineer to test certain designs, materials, and fabrication techniques. Because end effector components like sensors and actuators are used to achieve highly precise control and feedback, it is important to carry out iterative prototyping and testing to achieve optimal performance.

Robotics & automation manufacturing processes

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CNC Machining

By using CNC milling & turning, we can make a wide range of prototypes and production parts

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Injection Molding

We offer low-volume prototype moldings and mass production moldings.

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3D Printing

We provide 3D printing services using a range of cutting-edge additive manufacturing technologies for metal or plastic parts

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Vacuum Casting

Our low-cost vacuum casting services are suitable for prototyping casings, housings, and tubing for complex robotic assemblies

Robotics & automation manufacturing possibilities

Robotics & Automation Part Gallery

For the years we have gathered relevant experience that enables us to handle any robotic projects. Here's the gallery of robotic prototypes and production parts for our worldwide clients.

Robotics manufacturing materials

We offer a huge range of material possibilities with all our manufacturing processes. Some common choices for robotics projects are listed below.

Best technologies
Example parts

Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Applicable to:  CNC machining, sheet metal
Benefits:  Strong, corrosion-resistant, sterilizable, range of grades
Example parts:  Surgical instruments, Heat exchangers, pumps, tubing

Applicable to:  CNC machining, rapid tooling, sheet metal
Benefits:  Machinable, strong, range of grades
Example parts:  Cylinder heads, manifolds, Ductwork, housings, bus ducts

Applicable to:  CNC machining, injection molding
Benefits:  Strong, lightweight, low friction
Example parts:  Casings, housings

Applicable to:  Liquid silicone injection molding
Benefits:  Durable, flexible, biocompatible, inert
Example parts:  Seals, cover assemblies, Fluid management devices, respiratory devices

Applicable to:  Vacuum casting
Benefits:  Transparent, affordable
Example parts:  Casings, housings

Applicable Finishes For Robotics Industry

3ERP offers wide variety high level surface finishes. We only list some of the common finishing options. There are more finish options for custom parts for Robotics Industry.

Applicable to

As machined
As machined
Applicable to:  Metals & Plastics
Aspect:  Tool marks visible
Color:  N/A
Thickness:  N/A

Sanding & Polishing
Sanding & Polishing
Applicable to:  Metals & Plastics
Aspect:  Brushed & gloss mirror surface
Color:  N/A
Thickness:  0.02-0.05mm removed

Sand, Bead Blasted
Sand, Bead Blasted
Applicable to:  Metals & Plastics
Aspect:  matt or satin surface
Color:  N/A
Thickness:  N/A

Applicable to:  Metals & Plastics
Aspect:  Matt, gloss, texture
Color:  colors can be matched as needed
Thickness:  0.05mm to 0.1mm

Powder coat
Powder coat
Applicable to:  Metals
Aspect:  Matt, Gloss & Texture
Color:  colors can be matched as needed
Thickness:  0.05mm to 0.15mm

Applicable to:  Aluminum
Aspect:  Tool marks visible, Smooth, Matt & Gloss
Color:  colors can be matched as needed
Thickness:  0.002mm to 0.04mm

Applicable to:  Metals
Aspect:  Matt & Gloss
Color:  Black
Thickness:  0.015mm to 0.035mm

Nickel Plating
Nickel Plating
Applicable to:  Metal
Aspect:  Gloss
Color:  Silver
Thickness:  0.004mm to 0.05mm

Applicable to:  Metals & Plastics
Aspect:  Satin & Gloss
Color:  Silver
Thickness:  0.001mm to 0.3mm

Zinc Plating
Zinc Plating
Applicable to:  Metals
Aspect:  Gloss
Color:  Silver & Black
Thickness:  0.005mm to 0.2mm

Chromate Conversion Coating
Chromate Conversion Coating
Applicable to:  Aluminum
Aspect:  Tool marks visible, Smooth and Matt
Color:  Clear/ slight yellow tint
Thickness:  0.25-1 um

Robotics Faqs

Yes, 3E Rapid Prototyping (3ERP) is an ISO9001-2015 certified manufacturer. We manufacture parts to a high standard, no matter the project or the customer.

For certain manufacturing processes like injection molding, we can provide a T1 sample for your parts, then further samples if required.

We can fulfill orders quickly, but lead times depend on a few factors, such as the manufacturing process, order quantity, and part complexity. CNC machined parts can take as little as five days, 3D printed parts can take as little as three days, while moldings made via rapid tooling can take as little as 5–7 days.

3ERP values privacy and security with the utmost seriousness and will happily sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) at your request, giving you peace of mind about your intellectual property.

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