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The Prototyping Blog

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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

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

5 Ways A Functional Plastic Prototype Can Help Your Product Launch

Posted by Molly Skiba on Apr 23, 2018

Injection mold tooling is notoriously expensive. This can leave you wondering, do you really need a functional prototype? Will a CAD model or 3D printed part suffice?

Injection molded prototypes are developed to prove that a design will work. They offer the advantage of testing the molding process with the production material, so any process or material design flaws are discovered early on. For this reason, injection molded prototypes can actually end up saving you money in manufacturing. Here are 5 ways your product launch will benefit from developing a production-quality prototype.

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Topics: Plastic Prototyping, prototype, engineering resource center, material selection, product launch, product development, prototype quote

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Last-Minute Gift Ideas From Our Staff

Posted by Molly Skiba on Dec 15, 2017

Still need unique last-minute gift ideas for the people on your "nice list"? You're in luck! Matt, Ryan and Molly share the best gifts they've ever given and received, plus their suggestions for unique gift ideas for everyone on your list. 

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Topics: engineering resource center, holidays 2017,, gift ideas, engineers, mojo box, 2017 holiday gift guide

Happy 4th of July From The ERC!

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jun 30, 2017

As the 4th of July approaches, we'd like to inform you that the Engineering Resource Center will be closed on July 3rd & 4th in honor of Independence Day. We hope you enjoy some relaxing time off as well! 

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Topics: engineering resource center

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