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The Prototyping Blog

the prototyping blog

Ryan Duffey

Recent Posts

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

Engineers, You're Not Alone...

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Jul 3, 2018

Ryan Bio PictureOne of the common issues we've noticed in our industry is engineers feeling as if they have no support. We understand that the job of an engineer at an injection molder or an OEM is to focus on the part itself, not the process of developing the tools to make it. While some may have familiarity with injection molding tools, most are more concerned about the fit, form, and function of the product or assembly they are working with.

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Topics: design engineer, prototype design, Engineering Support, Prototype Launch, engineering resources, engineering prototype services, virtual engineer, bringing a product to market, product development

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,

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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Sometimes It Takes Two

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Jul 24, 2017

At the Engineering Resource Center, one of the things we pride ourselves on is upfront design support. Often times, we will come across designs that are nearly impossible to produce as a single component, or that would not be sustainable in a production environment. Our goal is to work with the customer and provide design to support that both satisfies the part requirements and can be repeated in a production manufacturing setting.

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Topics: Prototype Design Changes, Plastic Prototype, Plastic Prototyping, Injection molding, product development

Need A Prototype Fast? The Time To Move Is Now...

Posted by Ryan Duffey on May 24, 2017

Every product engineer has been there. You've been given a tight deadline on a project with no time to waste. You need a prototype - and fast. There are many times where projects need to happen as soon as possible and the upfront administrative piece of the equation (recieving and comparing quotes) can take days, if not weeks. At The ERC, we turn around quotes in a manner of hours giving our customers the opportunity to save time.

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Topics: Build Timing, Speed to market, Prototype Launch, fast prototyping, prototype tools, engineering resource center

Struggling To Afford Injection Mold Tooling For Low Volume Projects?

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Mar 17, 2017

One of the most challenging aspects of planning for low volume production projects is the initial tooling cost. Building dedicated production tools for components that are expected to run limited volumes can be expensive. In some cases, the high cost of production tooling can terminate a project that could have had a lot of potential.           

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Topics: Plastics Manufacturing, Molded Plastic Prototype, Plastic Prototyping, Injection molding, Engineering Support, Low Volume Production, Low Volume Manufacturing

The ERC: A Personal Touch

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Feb 17, 2017

While many companies are looking to automate as much of the manufacturing process as possible, the team at The Engineering Resource Center still believes that interacting directly with the customer will result in the best possible outcome.

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Topics: design engineer, prototype design, Plastic Prototype, Virtual Engineering, customer service, Engineering Support

The ERC is excited to welcome Molly to the team!

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Feb 3, 2017

Molly bio picture.jpgWe are pleased to introduce Molly Skiba, our new marketing assistant at The ERC. Molly is a 2014 graduate from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media Communications. She joins The ERC with over 2 years of experience in digital marketing, graphic design and video production. 

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Saving Pennies Now on Plastic Prototypes Could Cost Dollars Later

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Dec 8, 2015

Price is something that is always important to those making purchasing decisions. Budgets and ROI calculations are part of doing business. However, it can be most beneficial to focus on the long-term cost and overall time savings rather than the short-term cost. By investing strategically in a prototype tool, manufacturers can save thousands of dollars and weeks worth of time in the long run.

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Topics: prototype design, rapid prototype, Prototyping Trends, Plastic Prototyping