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The Prototyping Blog

the prototyping blog

How We Helped One Manufacturer Avoid Major Recall In Less Than 1 Week

Posted by Molly Skiba on Nov 17, 2017

While we focus mainly on prototypes here at The ERC, we recently worked with a customer who was experiencing a quality issue on their assembly line. After many trials and testing, it was determined that a small plastic part would need to be added to their assembly in order to prevent the issue from occuring in the field and demanding a recall. 
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Topics: Plastic Prototype, Bridge-Tooling, tool build,, case study

What To Consider When Comparing Prototype Quotes (Other Than The Numbers)

Posted by Molly Skiba on Nov 2, 2017

When it's time to purchase prototype tooling for injection molded parts, comparing quotes is a tedious part of the process. There are a variety of factors that can determine the cost of a prototyping project so it's wise to consider why one company's price is higher than another's. Without the proper knowledge, you could be comparing apples to oranges. Whether you're in purchasing department or an engineer, here are a few things to look at when comparing quotes so that you get the best parts for your money. 

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Topics: rapid prototype, Molded Plastic Prototype, Injection molding, prototype quote, rapid quote, plastic prototype quote

Virtual Engineer: Engineering Guidance Without The Investment

Posted by Molly Skiba on Oct 16, 2017

At the start of every project, our engineers provide a full design review, early prototype design support, part design assistance and hands-on consultation. However, we recognize that some entrepreneurs, inventors and startups need help with early product development before they're ready to invest in tooling for a functional prototype. Virtual Engineer allows individuals and businesses to tap into the minds of our expert engineers without having to order prototype tooling.

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Topics: prototype design, Virtual Engineering, Engineering Support

A Golf Simulator At The Office? Unveiling the ERC's Da Vinci Innovation Room

Posted by Molly Skiba on Aug 16, 2017

A golf simulator. Foosball table. Shuffleboard. Pinball machine. Sounds like your typical game room, right? At The ERC, these are the perks of working at a modernized plastic prototyping shop. For our dynamic team, letting loose is part of the creative process. 

After months of hard work, the Engineering Resource Center is finally ready to give an exclusive look at its brand new Da Vinci Innovation Room. The Da Vinci Innovation Room was conceived as a place for employees & visitors to relax, unwind and come up with new, innovative ideas. The new addition encompasses a collaborative meeting space, golf simulator and an assortment of classic games. What better way to inspire creativity among engineers?

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Low Volume Production Is More Affordable Than You Think

Posted by Molly Skiba on Aug 8, 2017

Small volume production presents big problems for many OEM's. It is difficult for them to rationalize high capital expenditure for tooling that is required to make low annual volumes to make plastic replacement parts or bridge the gap between prototyping and production. Luckily, we've come up with an affordable solution that doesn't sacrifice quality.

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Topics: Low Volume Production, Low Volume Manufacturing, Modular Tooling System

Sometimes It Takes Two

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Jul 24, 2017

At the Engineering Resource Center, one of the things we pride ourselves on is upfront design support. Often times, we will come across designs that are nearly impossible to produce as a single component, or that would not be sustainable in a production environment. Our goal is to work with the customer and provide design to support that both satisfies the part requirements and can be repeated in a production manufacturing setting.

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Topics: Prototype Design Changes, Plastic Prototype, Plastic Prototyping, Injection molding, product development

Happy 4th of July From The ERC!

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jun 30, 2017

As the 4th of July approaches, we'd like to inform you that the Engineering Resource Center will be closed on July 3rd & 4th in honor of Independence Day. We hope you enjoy some relaxing time off as well! 

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Topics: engineering resource center

Prototypes As A Marketing Tool: A Great Way To Win Customers

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jun 22, 2017

Marketing is the lifeblood of any company. The ability to prominently showcase your product to consumers is imperative to business growth. From a prospective customer's standpoint, viewing the functionality of a part and how it will be produced can be the deciding factor. For your marketing team, being able to display your product first is the key to getting “in the door” at many organizations.

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Topics: Marketing, Speed to market, prototype

The Reality of 3D Printed Prototypes

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jun 16, 2017

The world of prototyping is complex and fascinating. With the recent craze of additive manufacturing and the obsession with 3D printing, getting a prototype made within a few days appears to be an easy and inexpensive process. Some think that any material can be printed and others think that printing can produce hundreds or even thousands of parts. This notion has put pressure on prototype companies to better explain their value proposition.

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Topics: 3D Printing

The Easiest Way To Select Materials For Your Product

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jun 15, 2017

During your last product launch, do you know why you chose the material you did? Why is that particular material the best for the application? Did you just choose that material because it is on a similar component? Is this truly the best material for the job?

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Topics: Multiple Material, material selection, product launch, product development