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The Prototyping Blog

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Why Plastic Prototypes Are An Important Part Of Your World

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jan 8, 2019

Plastic prototypes may not sound exciting but they often don't get the credit they deserve for the important part they play in our world. Take a moment to look around. Almost every plastic product you use started as a prototype; the components of the keyboard you’re typing on, the lid on your coffee thermos, the shell of your computer mouse, even things you don’t see, like a valve inside your sink. 

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Topics: Plastic Prototyping, Prototype Launch, Molded Plastic Prototype, Plastic Part Mold, Plastic Prototype

Molding A Plastic Snowman Cookie Cutter

Posted by Molly Skiba on Dec 18, 2018

In order to properly celebrate the holidays, we needed some sweets in our office. So we decided to make a plastic cookie cutter! Watch this video to see how we designed and molded it in just a couple of business days. 

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Topics: 2018 holiday gift guide, cookie cutter video

Ringing In The The New Year With New Ideas

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Dec 14, 2018

As we look toward the end of the year, it is time to stop and think about new ideas and challenges to tackle in 2019.

We made it our goal in 2018 to really push the envelope in order to provide both prototype and production tooling for our customers. Needless to say, we achieved that goal. Now it's time to make new ones for 2019.

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Topics: product development, plastic prototype quote, product launch, bringing a product to market, prototype, engineering resource center, engineering prototype services

New Year, New Prototype Supplier?

Posted by Molly Skiba on Dec 7, 2018

The end of the year is a time for reflection. As you reflect on the goals you've achieved in 2018 and the opportunities ahead for 2019, what would you do differently? For many of the companies we met at trade shows this year, the answer was choosing suppliers that they could truly rely on. 

Instead of repeatedly working with a company that continues to disappoint, why not start off 2019 with one you can trust?

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Topics: prototype quote, product launch, plastic prototype quote, product development, prototype design

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Unique Ideas For Everyone On Your List

Posted by Molly Skiba on Nov 30, 2018

Our 2018 gift guide is here! We asked our staff what they would want based on their interests and used their suggestions to put together a list of unique gift ideas. Whether you're shopping for friends, family members, in-laws, coworkers, or your boss (you know you need those brownie points!), we hope this gives you some inspiration. Happy Holidays! 

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Topics: 2018 holiday gift guide, engineers

So, You Need A "Pro-do-type"?

Posted by Molly Skiba on Nov 9, 2018

If you need to test your plastic parts before going into full-scale production, you don't just need a prototype. You need a pro-do-type

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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark...

Posted by Molly Skiba on Oct 30, 2018

One spooky October night at The ERC... 

In the dark...

When no one was in the building....

The injection molding press was making parts.

All. By. Itself.


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Topics: Plastic Prototype, lights-out manufacturing, Injection molding

Dodging Hurricane Michael at Design-2-Part

Posted by Molly Skiba on Oct 15, 2018

For the second year in a row, our trip to North Carolina for Southwest Design-2-Part was almost derailed by a hurricane. Thankfully the bad weather held off until mid-day on Thursday (just in time to delay our flight) and while the show closed down early on Day 2, the overall attendance was actually better than anticipated. 

In the past year, we have exhibited at Design-2-Part trade shows in North Carolina, Indiana, and Illinois. As a small, growing company, we couldn't be happier with the connections we've made. In Raleigh, we met a great mix of large companies, start-ups and individual entrepreneurs that we're excited to work with in the coming months. If you haven't been to a Design-2-Part show, we highly recommend going to discover new suppliers and manufacturing solutions. 

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Topics: Tradeshow, prototype design, business development

It's All About The Mojo

Posted by Molly Skiba on Oct 5, 2018

If you attended any of the events  The ERC has exhibited at in the past year, you're probably familiar with our interesting Mojo boxes. While the Mojo box may look like it's just a plastic "box-inside-a-box-inside-a-box", there's a lot more to it than meets the eye. 
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Topics: career fair, prototyping company,, prototype tools, Prototype Launch, Marketing, rapid prototype, pilot prototyping, Molded Plastic Prototype, Plastic Prototyping, 3D Printing

UW-Milwaukee Engineering Industry Expo

Posted by Molly Skiba on Sep 27, 2018

Hey, UW-Milwaukee Engineering students: We want to meet you! Bring your resume to the UWM Fall 2018 Engineering & Computer Science Industry Expo tomorrow (September 28th, 2018) and chat with us about career and internship opportunities at The ERC

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Topics: career fair, uw-milwaukee, careers