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How To Choose The Right Injection Mold

Posted by Molly Skiba on Sep 6, 2019

In last week's blog post, we discussed the difference between purchasing injection mold tooling based on price vs. long-term value. In that article, we pointed out the variables that determine the longevity of an injection mold. This week, we're breaking down each injection mold style to help you figure out exactly which one will be most valuable for your project. 

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Topics: injection mold pricing, injection mold tooling

Price vs. Value: What are you prioritizing?

Posted by Molly Skiba on Aug 29, 2019

Are budgets a point of frustration between your purchasing and engineering departments? If so, you're not alone. Many manufacturers put pressure on their purchasing managers to cut costs as much as possible. This then puts product engineers in a difficult position when trying to find a reputable company to manufacture the parts for the product they're designing. 
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Meet Our Engineers

Posted by Molly Skiba on Aug 23, 2019

If you discovered The Engineering Resource Center via an internet search and are considering submitting our online quote form, you might be wondering who is responding on the other end. After all, your project is important and should be handled by people you trust. And if you have a choice, why not choose people you enjoy working with? 

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Wall Thickness Guidelines For Injection Molded Parts

Posted by Molly Skiba on Aug 16, 2019

Aside from resin selection, wall thickness is one of the most important details to pay attention to when designing plastic injection molded parts. Determining the appropriate wall thickness is essential for optimizing the performance, appearance, moldability and cost of your part.  The prototyping stage gives you the opportunity to test your design out with different materials and also gives you the opportunity to tweak your part's dimensions before moving on to mass production.

We're here to get you through that stage as efficiently as possible. If you're new to designing parts for plastic injection molding, these guidelines will help you determine the appropriate wall thickness for your part. If you need more tips, don't forget to download our plastic prototyping toolbox and our injection mold classification guide!

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Topics: material selection, wall thickness

RJG: What Is It Good For?

Posted by Molly Skiba on Aug 7, 2019

As a lights-out manufacturing shop, having a completely flawless quality control plan in place is crucial. Our engineers need to know that our press is outputting consistent parts even when no one is in the building. 

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Is High Quality, Low Cost Always Too Good To Be True?

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jul 30, 2019

Sometimes it doesn't make sense when a company offers something high quality for a very low price. We are all conditioned to be skeptical because if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. There is almost always a catch when it comes to getting a cheap price. With ordering plastic injection molded prototypes, it's usually one of the following:

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A History of The Engineering Resource Center

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jul 18, 2019

Where there's a problem, great engineers won't stop at anything to find a solution. And that's exactly why the Engineering Resource Center exists.
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Calculate Your Prototype Cost

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jul 11, 2019

Sometimes you don't want to have to contact a company right away for a quote, you just want to know the price. We get it! That's where our online pricing calculator comes in.

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Topics: injection mold pricing

Check Out Our Newest Services

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jul 3, 2019

Happy Independence Day! It's hard to believe we're already halfway through the year. 2019 has brought big changes to The ERC. We introduced some new employees, new machinery, and new capabilities. In case you missed any of our email announcements, here's a briefing of what's new at The ERC in 2019. Make sure to subscribe to our blog to stay updated!

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Topics: unscrewing mold, 200 ton press

FAQ: "What Is The Maximum Part Size The ERC Can Run?"

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jun 19, 2019

We're back from New York City. Despite a few delayed flights and a good amount of rain, we had a fantastic time exhibiting at Atlantic Design & Manufacturing last week. If you haven't been to a Atlantic Design & Manufacturing/Plastec/MD&M/Quality Expo show, I highly recommend attending one in the future.

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