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The Prototyping Blog

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Top 5 Online Resources To Guide You Through Your Next Prototype Build

Posted by Molly Skiba on Apr 13, 2017

A product launch can be a stressful process for an engineer...especially during the prototype phase. Maybe you tried submitting a design to an online prototyping service and kept getting error messages, but no guidance. Or maybe you recieved your prototype but your parts turned out low quality and inconsistent. 

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Topics: prototype design, Prototyping Trends, Plastic Part Mold, Molded Plastic Prototype, Plastic Prototyping, Design Variables, Speed to market, Multiple Material, Bridge-Tooling, customer service, metal to plastic conversion, metal-to-plastic, engineering resources

Advantages of Process Control

Posted by Katie Evans on Oct 7, 2016

Process variability in injection molding and the manufacturing of plastic parts leads to a variety of set-backs, such as product waste, low productivity, and poor quality parts.  In other words, when the process of injection molding varies or becomes less efficient, these unwanted effects can result.  To prevent inefficiency or poor quality parts from happening, process control (PC) is used to monitor and control process variability. 

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Topics: Plastic Prototyping, Design Variables, Speed to market

8 Tips For Selecting The Best Plastic Prototyping Partner

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Jun 30, 2015

When selecting the best plastic prototype manufacturing partner, the most important decision to make is whether you need a quick, low cost resource or a full-service provider. A few of the reasons why manufacturers are ultimately selected may be due to a thorough understanding of design intent, design for manufacturability (DFM) expertise, face-to-face consultation, quick issue resolution, or high-volume capabilities. Companies that provide production quality parts offer benefits from gained knowledge in experience and technology based on real world testing. Here are 8 questions you should ask yourself, your team and prospective prototype partner prior to deciding on a final process selection.

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Topics: design engineer, rapid prototype, Plastics Manufacturing, Plastic Prototyping, Design Variables

5 Plastic Prototype Design Variables That Affect Lead Time & Cost

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Jun 1, 2015

You’ve determined the best strategy for the prototype to production development project. A plan has been established with a course of action that fits your budget and timeline. Now, have you considered the design variables that may occur during this development process which accrue cost and timing?

Something to consider during the prototype phase for a high volume production project is that concepts and design standards should be mirrored to the production mold as close as possible to ensure the learnings from the prototype tool are utilized. This helps validate concepts and answer questions that always arise during a production launch. If high volumes are not of concern, the use of manual hand loads could be utilized to lower your upfront cost and shorten your lead-time.

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Topics: rapid prototype, Design Intent, Plastic Prototyping, Design Variables