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The Prototyping Blog

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October Events: Design-2-Part in Raleigh, NC

Posted by Molly Skiba on Sep 7, 2018

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Timing Is Everything

Posted by Jacob Carter on Aug 24, 2018

Is acquiring cost information in a timely matter important to you? Would you like a readily available subject matter expert, who can help you determine new product feasibility?  When the program is approved, would you like a team dedicated to helping you meet concept to launch metrics?

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Topics: rapid prototype, Bridge-Tooling, fast prototyping, prototype tools, rapid quote

Meet Our New Toolmaker, Fritz Dowe!

Posted by Molly Skiba on Aug 17, 2018

In July, we welcomed our newest toolmaker Fritz Dowe to The ERC. With over 30 years in the trade, Fritz has been a great addition to our shop, increasing our efficiency and bringing a fresh perspective to the team. Building prototype tooling is a welcome change of pace for him, as he enjoys the variety of projects that keep things exciting. Outside of work, Fritz is a mustang enthusiast and looks forward to spending more of his free time partaking in car clubs. 

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Topics: new hire, employee, toolmaker, journeyman toolmaker

Injection Mold Buying Guide [Infographic]

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jul 27, 2018

Many variables go into pricing an injection molded plastic prototype part, such as mold style, complexity, size, lead time, polish and undercuts. Use this guide along with our interactive pricing calculator to determine the style and approximate cost of your mold.

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Topics: injection mold pricing

Benefits of Manufacturing Prototypes, Tooling & Production Parts Under One Roof

Posted by Austen Ballmann on Jul 23, 2018

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Why have your prototype developed at one shop, tool built at another, and run production at another when you can keep it all under one roof? 

Working with an experienced one-stop shop, like The ERC, can speed up the entire product development process, eliminating errors and resulting in a lower overall project cost. We can not only develop and manufacture your prototype, but can also mold your low quantity production parts and build your production tool when your quantities go up. 

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Topics: Plastics Manufacturing, Plastic Prototyping, Injection molding, Modular Tooling System, bringing a product to market

Choosing Prototype And Production Suppliers Can Be Quite Easy

Posted by Jacob Carter on Jul 16, 2018

Jake Carter photoWhen purchasing prototype tooling, many engineers & purchasers assume that a unique supplier is required separately from the shop that will ultimately be given the green light for the production tool build. 3D printing, SLA’s, or quick turn-around aluminum tools often come to mind. Our take on tooling is a little bit different.

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Topics: Plastics Manufacturing

Defining "Low Volume" Production Quantities For Plastic Injection Molding

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Jul 9, 2018


Over the past several months, The ERC has exhibited at trade shows throughout the country. I've had the privilege of meeting many prospective customers who visited our booth to ask about our services. When I explain that we build prototype & production tooling as well as manufacture low volume production parts, the most common question is “what quantity do you consider 'low volume'?” The easy answer is: under 100,000 parts per year. But the real answer is: it depends! 

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Topics: Plastics Manufacturing, Bridge-Tooling, Low Volume Production, Low Volume Manufacturing

Engineers, You're Not Alone...

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Jul 3, 2018

Ryan Bio PictureOne of the common issues we've noticed in our industry is engineers feeling as if they have no support. We understand that the job of an engineer at an injection molder or an OEM is to focus on the part itself, not the process of developing the tools to make it. While some may have familiarity with injection molding tools, most are more concerned about the fit, form, and function of the product or assembly they are working with.

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Topics: design engineer, prototype design, Engineering Support, Prototype Launch, engineering resources, engineering prototype services, virtual engineer, bringing a product to market, product development

How To Get Offshore Pricing on Made-In-USA Injection Molds

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jun 7, 2018

We understand the various reasons companies choose to manufacture their injection mold tooling overseas. But we're also very aware of the pain points that come with it. In fact, many of our current customers came to us after struggling with quality issues from their overseas suppliers. Whatever your reasons, The ERC can offer you the price of buying overseas with all the benefits of manufacturing in the USA!

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Topics: prototype tools

Eliminate Design Flaws By Buying Prototype & Production Tooling From One Supplier

Posted by Molly Skiba on May 23, 2018

When a part comes out flawed during manufacturing, engineers are rushed to the task of finding out what went wrong. The troubleshooting process can be extremely stressful and time consuming. Will the answer be found in a few hours or in a week? Will it be expensive to fix? Is the flaw in the original part design or the mold? Who should be held accountable? 

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