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The Prototyping Blog

the prototyping blog

The Easiest Way To Select Materials For Your Product

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jun 15, 2017

During your last product launch, do you know why you chose the material you did? Why is that particular material the best for the application? Did you just choose that material because it is on a similar component? Is this truly the best material for the job?

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Topics: Multiple Material, material selection, product launch, product development

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

Metal To Plastic Conversions: Cut Costs, Not Quality

Posted by Molly Skiba on Mar 9, 2017

At the Engineering Resource Center, we are often called upon to help customers convert parts from machined, forged, or cast metal to highly engineered plastic. Converting parts from metal to plastic can be a great way for a manufacturer to cut costs, have more product design freedom, and speed up production. However, the newly designed and engineered plastic product must first pass the testing required to make the switch. Here's what you shouldn't compromise on when trying to keep costs low:

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Topics: Prototype Design Changes, Plastic Prototype, Plastics Manufacturing, Plastic Prototyping, Multiple Material, cost of risk, Engineering Support, metal to plastic conversion, metal-to-plastic

ERC Injection Molding Multiple Material Strategy

Posted by Katie Evans on Jul 15, 2016

Multiple Material Strategy

Do you need help determining the proper material for your plastic parts? Get access to thousands of injection molding materials by prototyping with the Engineering Resource Center. Our sampling process allows you to trial up to 3 materials at a time. 

Our engineers can guide you through the material selection process to ensure the strength and quality of your part. We can help you reduce manufacturing costs by lowering the amount of material used, without compromising quality. Your prototype will be optimized for production, and information gathered from the build process is saved and used for future tooling, if necessary. 

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Topics: prototype design, Plastic Prototype, Injection molding, Multiple Material