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The Prototyping Blog

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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

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

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

How To Turn Your Invention Idea Into A Product That Sells (Part 2)

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Jun 9, 2017

In Part 1 of this article, we discussed how to start with a CAD model and venture into the exciting world of 3D printing and prototyping. Now it's time to build your brand and bring your product to life!

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Topics: Prototype Launch, Low Volume Production, invention, bringing a product to market, inventors

How To Turn Your Invention Idea Into A Product That Sells (Part 1)

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Jun 1, 2017

It seems like everyone has a little inventor in them. We've all had one of those million dollar ideas that would change the way we do things. With the era of tech innovation and the rise of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, it is easier than ever for the average person to bring new products to market. Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to turn your brilliant idea into a real product. 

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Topics: prototype design, prototype, invention, bringing a product to market, inventors