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The Prototyping Blog

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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

PCI_051716_109 - CopyIf 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

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

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