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The Prototyping Blog

the prototyping blog

Why Plastic Prototypes Are An Important Part Of Your World

Posted by Molly Skiba on Jan 8, 2019

Plastic prototypes may not sound exciting but they often don't get the credit they deserve for the important part they play in our world. Take a moment to look around. Almost every plastic product you use started as a prototype; the components of the keyboard you’re typing on, the lid on your coffee thermos, the shell of your computer mouse, even things you don’t see, like a valve inside your sink. 

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Topics: Plastic Prototype, Plastic Part Mold, Molded Plastic Prototype, Plastic Prototyping, Prototype Launch

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark...

Posted by Molly Skiba on Oct 30, 2018

One spooky October night at The ERC... 

In the dark...

When no one was in the building....

The injection molding press was making parts.

All. By. Itself.

 

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Topics: Plastic Prototype, Injection molding, lights-out manufacturing

Case Study: Using Inexpensive Low Volume Production As Manufacturing Recall Solution

Posted by Molly Skiba on Nov 17, 2017

 
While we focus mainly on prototypes here at The ERC, we recently worked with a customer who was experiencing a quality issue on their assembly line. After many trials and testing, it was determined that a small plastic part would need to be added to their assembly in order to prevent the issue from occuring in the field and demanding a recall. 
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Topics: Plastic Prototype, Bridge-Tooling, tool build,, case study

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

Optimize Your Prototype Build With Our Modular Tooling System

Posted by Molly Skiba on Mar 24, 2017

When The ERC was formed, our engineers realized 95% of all parts they received needed the same basic requirements for tooling. From those findings, the idea of a modular tooling system was born. We have designed several proprietary mold bases that now allow our toolmakers to build inexpensive mold inserts for most of the parts that come across their desks. 

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Topics: Plastic Prototype, Plastics Manufacturing, Plastic Part Mold, Molded Plastic Prototype, Plastic Prototyping, Injection molding, Bridge-Tooling, Modular Tooling System

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

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 REAL Cost Of Buying Cheap Prototypes

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Feb 10, 2017

As an engineer, your job is inherent with risks every day. Your company relies on you to launch new project, push the technology envelope, take ideas and turn them into something usable and most of all, profitable. By now, you're pretty good at mitigating risks that will delay your project. After all, math makes sense to you: low risk = successful project, right? But during your prototype launch, some risks are out of your control and in the hands of your chosen prototype house. 

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Topics: prototype design, Plastic Prototype, Plastic Prototyping, Speed to market, purchasing, cost of risk, Risk, Engineering Support, Prototype Launch, risk management

So You Need A Prototype?

Posted by Molly Skiba on Feb 6, 2017

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Topics: Upfront Engineering, Marketing, Plastic Prototype, Plastics Manufacturing, Molded Plastic Prototype, Plastic Prototyping, Injection molding, project management,

Engineers are Annoying

Posted by Katie Evans on Sep 8, 2016

Engineers are annoying, stubborn, and hard to find…so let us deal with them for you.

At the Engineering Resource Center, we have created a service called “Virtual Engineer.” This service will allow our customers the ability to tap into the minds of our engineering team without having to actually order a prototype. 

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Topics: design engineer, prototype design, Plastic Prototype, Virtual Engineering