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CNC machining vs. 3D printing in 3ERP prototypes

July 31, 2019 by freemexy  

CNC machining vs. 3D printing in 3ERP prototypes 3E Rapid Prototyping (3ERP) is an ISO9001-2015 quality certified manufacturer based in Zhongshan City, China. With expertise covering functional prototyping and end-use applications, 3ERP envisions a future where CNC machining and 3D printing work side by side to meet a variety of customer needs.cnc precision machining parts 3ERP started commercial operations in 2010. The company invested in its first factory in 2013 after identifying a niche in the market where suppliers were rejecting complex projects. Beginning with 4 employees, 3ERP has rapidly grown to a workforce of around 80 with facilities that span two factories. In house, 3ERP has CNC machinery capable of milling across 4 and 5 axis. 3D printing at 3ERP is also offered for customers who require industrial-grade SLA and SLS technology. For 3ERP’s manufacturing services, the application informs the method. Leon Huang, Director of Marketing at 3ERP, explains that one of the advantages of CNC machining is the scale of the projects possibly, with “some components over 3 meters” tall. Solid objects are better suited to milling technology, as Huang adds, “if you design a component in a solid block with some simple features, and you need over 100 pieces, it takes only few minutes to mill it.” In contrast, small, geometrically complex and custom designed products are better suited to the capabilities of SLA and SLS systems available from 3ERP.3ERP has provided manufacturing services to a broad range of industries. The customer base includes Bosch,ThyssenKrupp, car manufacturers Lamborghini, Bentley and Land Rover, and, unusually, Lady Gaga’s wardrobe. Demonstrating a great deal of versatility, 3ERP combined SLS 3D printing and CNC milling to produce a pair of custom-made shoes worn by the controversial U.S. singer/songwriter at the launch of her FAME fragrance line in 2012.