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The Prototyping Blog

the prototyping blog

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

New Year, New Prototype Supplier?

Posted by Molly Skiba on Dec 7, 2018

The end of the year is a time for reflection. As you reflect on the goals you've achieved in 2018 and the opportunities ahead for 2019, what would you do differently? For many of the companies we met at trade shows this year, the answer was choosing suppliers that they could truly rely on. 

Instead of repeatedly working with a company that continues to disappoint, why not start off 2019 with one you can trust?

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Topics: prototype design, product launch, product development, prototype quote, 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

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