Rapid Prototyping Service

We will take your product idea from design
to market in just a few days.

Worldwide Delivery. From 1 to 100+ Metal and Plastic Parts.

Rapid Prototyping Services


Are you looking for a professional prototyping service to help actualize your ideas and assist with product development? Then you’ve come to the right place.

3ERP provides excellent quality, quick turnaround, and cost-effective rapid prototyping services to customers across the world. Equipped with cutting-edge manufacturing technology, advanced industrial-grade equipment, and an expert team of engineers, 3ERP can bring your idea from design to the market in just a few days.

We’re excited to start working with you! If you have finished prototyping and are ready to move forward to the next step, please take a look at our low volume manufacturing service. Here are the main rapid prototyping processes we offering:





Why choose our rapid prototyping services? Excellent. Efficient. Economic.

These three values define 3ERP’s rapid prototyping services. Working closely together, we can transform your product vision to life in a few days, at a fair price.




 No MOQ

No MOQ

We are flexible for one off prototypes and low-volume parts. No matter the size of your order, we can handle it.

 Competitive Pricing

Competitive Pricing

We have built up an efficient rapid manufacturing system which allows us to offer competitive prices that can match any offer.

 Rapid Turnaround

Rapid Turnaround

Our capacities allows us to finish your rapid prototyping projects in days.

 Experienced Engineers

Experienced Engineers

Our team has years of experience in a wide range of industries and can handle even the most challenging projects.

 Tight Tolerances

Tight Tolerances

We service the aerospace and medical industries and can produce precise parts with tight tolerances.

 Wide Range of Materials

Wide Range of Materials

We serve a wide range of clients and can offer a variety of rapid prototype materials and finishes.




See why our customers love us



We ordered a batch of plastic and metal prototypes from 3ERP recently. The package arrived two days earlier than promised. Our team was so excited after unpacking the order and seeing the parts: the surface finishes included painting, silk-screening, anodizing and laser engraving, which were so nice and detailed. Assembly was also very simple for us, since the parts are very accurately made. Great Job! We will definitely order our upcoming rapid prototype projects from 3ERP.

Aaron
Mechanical Design Engineer

If you are looking for rapid prototyping service, 3ERP is the best place to go. That’s from our years of experience working with them. 99.99% of time, they manage to get the job done perfectly in one go. The only thing we would dispute is their pricing, which is not the best, to be honest. But we did try to test out a couple of other rapid prototyping companies, and in the end we found it was better to stick with 3ERP. Considering the quality and services, they are the best value for the money for what we paid.

Mike E Director
Raymond
Design Manager








Rapid Prototyping in Multiple Materials


When outsourcing your rapid prototypes, it is important to find a reliable prototyping company that can handle range of materials, in order to keep the whole prototyping project in one place. 3ERP is an ideal option in this regard. We can fabricate your prototype parts in plastics, metals and ceramics.


rapid prototype parts


Plastics


A plastic prototype made by 3D printing, urethane casting, or CNC machining is the most common and economic way to review the appearance and function of your design.


rapid prototype cnc parts


Metals


Metal prototypes and parts are usually made by CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, or a casting process. Common metals include aluminum, magnesium, steel, brass, copper, etc.


cnc machining for ceramics


Ceramics


The advantages of ceramics are their extreme rigidity, insulation, and temperature resistance. They are widely used in many industries because of this. We can offer Alumina, ZrO2, AIN, Si3N4 & SiC.





Rapid Prototyping Projects




3ERP Case study 1

Xbox Controller Prototype

In October 2019, Microsoft began trials for its cloud gaming streaming service, Project xCloud. The service, which runs games on remote servers, allows users to play those games without dedicated hardware.

Although xCloud will not run on a console, Microsoft has filed patents for new gaming controllers,  leading some to believe that the company will imminently release new joypads to be used with non-Microsoft devices like iPads and smartphones.

Ahead of that potential release, the gaming fanatics at Yanko Design created their own xCloud controllers based on the Microsoft patents. Industrial designer Sarang Sheth brought the two-part design to life with a visual concept, and then gave 3ERP the exciting task of creating a physical prototype of the Xbox controller. Learn More


3ERP Case study 2

Golf Prototype

Our customer needed to prototype a golf club head in titanium using DMLS 3D printing technology.

The main body came out with good quality, but the plate was badly deformed, so it was not possible to assemble the parts together. The surface was also too rough to be used.

To solve this issue, we sanded the body until it became very smooth, and then sandblasted it. We also made the plate in aluminum using CNC milling.

No matter what rapid prototyping techniques or post-processing may be required, 3ERP goes above and beyond to provide each customer with the results that they need.


3ERP Case study 3

Coffee Machine Prototype

This is a coffee machine that includes plastic and metal components that we had done for a product design company.

The main body is made from ABS with a paint and silk-screen finish. The water tank is made using PMMA material with a highly-transparent polish, as well as a stainless plate by water jet with a mirror surface.

Our customer is extremely happy with the aspect and the functional testing of this prototype.


What is rapid prototyping?

In simpler terms, you use technology to transform a product idea into a physical model.

This early physical model is a prototype. You’ll then refine this until you get the final version right. At that point, you’re ready to use or sell this into a product. So the faster you produce and refine your prototypes, the faster you can start going to market.

All rapid prototypes begin with a CAD design, but manufacturing hardware can range between CNC machining, 3D printing, and more.

You can make rapid prototypes from any material that’s compatible with the manufacturing hardware that you use. This may or may not include surface finishing treatments.

As its name implies, rapid prototyping puts an emphasis on fast turnarounds. Because when you want to develop and ship a product, faster is always better.




Rapid Prototyping Advantages

Whether you are an engineer, industrial design, or part of a product development team, rapid prototyping can offer you distinct advantages such as:

  • The ability to explore and realize concepts in a quick and cost-effective manner. Quick turnaround times and low costs allow teams to move far beyond the visualization of an idea, making it easier to grasp the properties and design of a product in the physical world.
  • Reiterate designs and incorporate changes that allow for improved evaluation and functional testing of the product. This iterative process provides a roadmap to developing and refining the final product before taking it to the market, ensuring that your design is optimized and foolproof.
  • The ability to physically showcase concepts concisely and effectively. Rapid prototyping takes ideas, images and concepts from an idea or two-dimensional visual into hands-on products that clients, colleagues and collaborators can hold in their hands and see in action.
  • The ability to thoroughly test and refine a concept. Being able to minimize design flaws with a small-volume rapid prototype run helps eliminate costly design flaws that might not be evident during an early assessment.
  • By using a rapid prototyping service, you can save time and money by eliminating the need for setup and tooling. Since 3ERP can use the same equipment to produce various prototypes with different properties and materials, the overall costs and turnaround time are kept to a minimum.


How to make a prototype

Making a prototype using rapid prototyping technologies requires CAD software. This software allows you to design a part on a computer, controlling its shape and dimensions and making design adjustments based on the chosen manufacturing technique.

However, whether you are able to develop a feasible CAD design probably depends on your level of design and engineering experience.

Those without prior CAD experience may need to consult a professional product designer to fulfill the design brief. Professionals know how to manipulate the CAD software, and they also know whether a design can realistically be fabricated using hardware like a CNC machine. (We often receive designs that are not manufacturable because they do not take into account factors like draft angles, parting lines and overhangs.)

Those who do have CAD experience — product designers, R&D specialists, etc. — can create a digital design using their design suite of choice then export it to a machine-readable format such as a STEP file (for CNC machining, etc.) or a Mesh file (for 3D printing etc.).

The CAD file is the most important step, but you must also specify a desired material, quantity and surface finish (if required) to the prototyping company.

In many cases, you may prefer to send off Requests for Quotation (RFQs) to several prototyping companies in order to compare quotations in terms of price, proposed lead time and the reputation of the manufacturer.

Once a satisfactory quotation has been received, you can finalize the order with the prototyping company, who will use your digital design and order specifications to commence production.

The prototype will be shipped to you once production is complete.





Rapid Prototyping FAQ


Why use rapid prototypes?

A rapid prototype is a fast way to verify the aspect and function of your design. Prototypes are also widely used for business proposals, where they can be shown to potential investors and customers.

How fast can I receive my prototype parts?

Most rapid prototyping projects can be completed in a matter of days, and we offer fast global delivery. If you require a precise lead time, please submit your project to get a free quotation and lead time information at the same time.

What materials are available for rapid prototyping?

3ERP can prototype parts in a wide range of plastic and metal materials, and we have listed common materials for each prototype process. Check our individual service pages for more details. If you don’t see your required material, get in touch with our team.