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The Prototyping Blog

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Molly Skiba

Recent Posts

Cost-Saving Manufacturing Solutions For Plastic Service Parts

Posted by Molly Skiba on Apr 12, 2019

Manufacturers of small engine and automotive parts often face a challenge when trying to find an affordable way to manufacture their service parts. "Buy more, save more" is the norm in manufacturing. While this helps offset the cost of manufacturing millions of parts, those who only need to manufacture a few thousand replacement parts for their service department end up paying high part prices. So how do you get around paying more for less?

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Plastic Prototypes For Every Market

Posted by Molly Skiba on Apr 5, 2019

From the very beginning, our niche at The ERC has been our ability to mold precise plastic prototype parts to the exact design specifications and with the exact material choice our customers desire. In the past 5 years since launching our company, our engineers have taken on the challenge of developing parts in a variety of industries ranging from industrial to consumer products. Take a look at some of the top markets we've served throughout the years. 

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Topics: plastics industry, markets

NEW Automatic Unscrewing Mold For Internally Threaded Parts

Posted by Molly Skiba on Mar 27, 2019

Internal threads are commonly found on plastic parts that screw together, such as bottle caps, drinkware lids and plastic hardware. Due to the delicate nature of threads, molding these parts requires a slightly different approach than your average plastic part. An unscrewing core must be incorporated in the tool in order to eject them from the mold without damaging the threads.

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Topics: Injection molding, plastic prototypes, unscrewing mold

Meet Our Newest Toolmaker, Aaron Below!

Posted by Molly Skiba on Mar 21, 2019

Meet our newest Journeyman Toolmaker, Aaron Below! 

Degree: Tool and Die (CNC) Technical Diploma, May 2013; Journeyman's Card (August 2018)

Experience: Aaron completed his apprenticeship while working at Supreme Tool and Die and Wirth Tool and Die before obtaining his Journeyman's card last August. 

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Topics: new hire, employee, journeyman toolmaker

No CAD Model? No Problem!

Posted by Molly Skiba on Mar 15, 2019

If you have an existing plastic part but no CAD model, you're not out of luck. The Engineering Resource Center offers reverse engineering services to recreate molds for even the most complex parts. 

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Topics: Molded Plastic Prototype, plastic prototypes, Reverse engineering

Tips For Attending Plastics Industry Trade Shows

Posted by Molly Skiba on Mar 8, 2019

In our last blog post we shared a list of plastics industry trade shows worth attending. In order to get the most out of your time at these shows, you need to have a plan of action. Here are some of the best tips we've learned from our trade show experiences. 

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Topics: Tradeshow, trade show, npe

Plastics Industry Trade Shows Worth Attending

Posted by Molly Skiba on Mar 5, 2019

Love them or hate them, trade shows are one of the best ways to make new connections, market your company, and stay updated on the latest technologies in your industry. One of my main goals when I began my marketing career at The Engineering Resource Center was to increase our brand recognition and find more customers via trade shows. Over the past 2 years, we've found much success in this approach.

Whether you work in the plastics industry or source plastic parts for the products your company develops, here are 3 trade shows worth attending or exhibiting at.

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Topics: Tradeshow, Plastics Manufacturing, events, plastics industry

Everything You Need To Know About Converting Metal Parts To Plastic

Posted by Molly Skiba on Feb 15, 2019

We are often called upon to help customers convert parts from machined, cast, or forged metal to highly engineered plastic. While EPA standards in specific industries are a catalyst for some companies to convert, many companies are making the switch from metal to plastic simply for the performance benefits. Metal-to-plastic conversions can be a great way for a manufacturer to cut costs but only if the newly designed and engineered plastic product passes the testing required to make the switch.

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Topics: metal-to-plastic

Don't Settle For A Cheap {Prototyping} Partner

Posted by Molly Skiba on Feb 8, 2019

Some prototyping companies are like cheap Valentine dates. You know the type: the ones that wait until the last minute to pick up cheap drugstore chocolates on their way home from work. Sure, it's something but you can always tell that there wasn't much thought put into it. 

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A Rookie's Guide To Plastic Prototyping

Posted by Molly Skiba on Feb 1, 2019

While injection molded prototypes are our day-in-day-out focus here at The ERC, we know our customers' expertise & focus lies in the function of the product they're developing, not the process required to make the individual components. This is especially true for inventors and entrepreneurs that are new to the world of manufacturing. 

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Topics: engineering resources, engineering resource center, product launch, plastic prototypes