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The Prototyping Blog

the prototyping blog

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

Defining Plastic Injection Molding Key Terms

Posted by Katie Evans on Sep 15, 2016

The collaborative nature of ERC’s culture is shared among our designers, engineering staff, and of course, our partners. Learning common plastic injection terms is a must! Here is a glossary of plastic injection molding key terms commonly used at the Engineering Resource Center:

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Topics: Prototyping Trends, Plastic Prototyping, Injection molding

The ERC Official Conference Sponsor with MAPP

Posted by Katie Evans on Aug 26, 2016

The Engineering Resource Center is excited to be an official Conference Sponsor of the 2016 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference with Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP)

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Topics: Tradeshow, Prototyping Trends, Plastics Manufacturing

Why the Engineering Resource Center Sticks With Steel

Posted by Katie Evans on Jul 28, 2016

At the Engineering Resource Center, we are confident in our ability to build durable steel molds to fit your perfect parts. Our expert toolmakers are knowledgeable in creating molds that can last for years to come. Molds are typically constructed from steel or aluminum and the choice of material comes with much consideration. The ERC engineering experts choose steel over aluminum for a variety of reasons. 

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Topics: Prototyping Trends, Molded Plastic Prototype, Injection molding

Saving Pennies Now on Plastic Prototypes Could Cost Dollars Later

Posted by Ryan Duffey on Dec 8, 2015

Price is something that is always important to those making purchasing decisions. Budgets and ROI calculations are part of doing business. However, it can be most beneficial to focus on the long-term cost and overall time savings rather than the short-term cost. By investing strategically in a prototype tool, manufacturers can save thousands of dollars and weeks worth of time in the long run.

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Topics: prototype design, rapid prototype, Prototyping Trends, Plastic Prototyping

3 Types Of Plastic Prototypes: Which One Is Right For You?

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Feb 19, 2015

With so many advancements in prototyping over the years, engineers, mechanical designers, model makers and tooling professionals are struggling with which prototyping option is best for their plastic parts.

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Topics: prototype design, rapid prototype, Plastic Prototype, Prototyping Trends