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The Prototyping Blog

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Do You Really Need A Functional Prototype For Your Product Launch?

Posted by Molly Skiba on Apr 23, 2018

Injection mold tooling is notoriously expensive which can leave you wondering, do you really need a functional prototype? Will a CAD model or 3D printed part suffice?

Injection molded prototypes are developed to prove that a design will work. They offer the advantage of testing the molding process with the production material, so any process or material design flaws are discovered early on. For this reason, injection molded prototypes can actually end up saving you money in manufacturing. Here are 5 ways your product launch will benefit from developing a production-quality prototype.

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Topics: Plastic Prototyping, prototype, engineering resource center, material selection, product launch, product development, prototype quote

A Guide To Our Modular Tooling System

Posted by Molly Skiba on Mar 15, 2018

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Is Expensive Injection Mold Tooling Derailing Your Projects? Try This Low Cost Alternative

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Mar 5, 2018

When trying to determine the viability of a project, one of the largest obstacles is the upfront capital outlay. The amount of money it costs to launch a project is one of the leading factors in determining whether an idea gets a chance to become reality. At The ERC, we believe that tooling costs should not stand in the way of developing great products. Our unique inexpensive tooling solution allows customers to see their ideas through to fruition. 

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Topics: tool build,

Hidden Costs of Purchasing Injection Mold Tooling Overseas

Posted by Molly Skiba on Feb 26, 2018

When purchasing injection mold tooling, many companies seek out suppliers overseas for the lowest prices. While tooling from overseas suppliers may be cheaper on paper, there are several hidden costs that may end up costing you more in the end. Here are 5 reasons to buy tooling from a globally competitive supplier in the United States instead. 

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ERC Hires Jacob Carter as VP of Business Development

Posted by Molly Skiba on Feb 14, 2018

We are excited to welcome Jacob Carter as Engineering Resource Center's new Vice President of Business Development. Carter will be responsible for seeking new customers and expanding the business.

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Topics: new hire, employee, business development

Meet Our Newest Engineer, Austen Ballmann!

Posted by Molly Skiba on Feb 9, 2018

We're thrilled to welcome our newest engineer, Austen Ballmann, to the team! Austen recently graduated from UW-Stout with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Design. With 3 years of internship experience at a plastic injection molding company, Austen has the skills to assist customers with a variety of projects. 

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Topics: Injection molding, engineers, new hire, employee

An Emphasis on Automation & Talent in 2018

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Jan 29, 2018

Despite the pitfalls of purchasing tooling overseas, many OEM's still struggle to justify paying more for domestic tooling. Fortunately, our customers no longer have to make that choice. The Engineering Resource Center prides itself on offering globally competitive pricing without having to sacrifice quality or lead times. How do we do it? It's simple: we automate. 

The upfront cost of automation can be extremely high, which is why many tooling shops don't do it. But for us, the long term benefits make it well worth the investment. Automation gives us the ability to create prototype and small volume production tooling in a “lights out” manner, cutting out labor costs and making it possible to compete on a global level. 

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How It's Made: CNC Machining A Bowling Trophy

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jan 25, 2018

Our team enjoys friendly competition from time to time, which is exactly why we chose a bowling tournament for our holiday outing in December. After 3 rounds of intense competition, a winner was determined. The 2017 ERC bowling champion is....the one and only, Ryan Duffey! 

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Topics: holidays 2017,, bowling trophy

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Last-Minute Gift Ideas From Our Staff

Posted by Molly Skiba on Dec 15, 2017

Still need unique last-minute gift ideas for the people on your "nice list"? You're in luck! Matt, Ryan and Molly share the best gifts they've ever given and recieved, plus their suggestions for unique gift ideas for everyone on your list. 

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Topics: engineering resource center, holidays 2017,, gift ideas, engineers, mojo box, 2017 holiday gift guide

Bring Manufacturing Home For The Holidays

Posted by Molly Skiba on Dec 4, 2017

Manufacturing overseas has long been the default solution for cheap manufacturing. This year, we wanted to make it possible for our customers to reap the benefits of overseas manufacturing, domestically. The Engineering Resource Center team is constantly looking for ways to innovate the injection molding process in order to keep prices competitive on prototypes. 

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Topics: Molded Plastic Prototype, prototyping company,