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The Prototyping Blog

the prototyping blog

It's All About The Mojo

Posted by Molly Skiba on Oct 5, 2018

If you attended any of the events  The ERC has exhibited at in the past year, you're probably familiar with our interesting Mojo boxes. While the Mojo box may look like it's just a plastic "box-inside-a-box-inside-a-box", there's a lot more to it than meets the eye. 
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Topics: pilot prototyping, rapid prototype, Marketing, 3D Printing, Molded Plastic Prototype, Plastic Prototyping, Prototype Launch, prototype tools, prototyping company,, career fair

Timing Is Everything

Posted by Jacob Carter on Aug 24, 2018

Is acquiring cost information in a timely matter important to you? Would you like a readily available subject matter expert, who can help you determine new product feasibility?  When the program is approved, would you like a team dedicated to helping you meet concept to launch metrics?

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Topics: rapid prototype, Bridge-Tooling, fast prototyping, prototype tools, rapid quote

What To Consider When Comparing Prototype Quotes (Other Than The Numbers)

Posted by Molly Skiba on Nov 2, 2017

When it's time to purchase prototype tooling for injection molded parts, comparing quotes is a tedious part of the process. There are a variety of factors that can determine the cost of a prototyping project so it's wise to consider why one company's price is higher than another's. Without the proper knowledge, you could be comparing apples to oranges. Whether you're in the purchasing department or an engineer, here are a few things to look at when comparing quotes so that you get the best parts for your money. 

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Topics: rapid prototype, Molded Plastic Prototype, Injection molding, prototype quote, rapid quote, plastic prototype quote

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

8 Tips For Selecting The Best Plastic Prototyping Partner

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Jun 30, 2015

When selecting the best plastic prototype manufacturing partner, the most important decision to make is whether you need a quick, low cost resource or a full-service provider. A few of the reasons why manufacturers are ultimately selected may be due to a thorough understanding of design intent, design for manufacturability (DFM) expertise, face-to-face consultation, quick issue resolution, or high-volume capabilities. Companies that provide production quality parts offer benefits from gained knowledge in experience and technology based on real world testing. Here are 8 questions you should ask yourself, your team and prospective prototype partner prior to deciding on a final process selection.

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Topics: design engineer, rapid prototype, Plastics Manufacturing, Plastic Prototyping, Design Variables

5 Plastic Prototype Design Variables That Affect Lead Time & Cost

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Jun 1, 2015

You’ve determined the best strategy for the prototype to production development project. A plan has been established with a course of action that fits your budget and timeline. Now, have you considered the design variables that may occur during this development process which accrue cost and timing?

Something to consider during the prototype phase for a high volume production project is that concepts and design standards should be mirrored to the production mold as close as possible to ensure the learnings from the prototype tool are utilized. This helps validate concepts and answer questions that always arise during a production launch. If high volumes are not of concern, the use of manual hand loads could be utilized to lower your upfront cost and shorten your lead-time.

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Topics: rapid prototype, Design Intent, Plastic Prototyping, Design Variables

4 Reasons Quality Plastic Prototypes Are Worth Waiting For

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Apr 10, 2015

Some rapid prototype parts can be produced in just three days or less. However, when you reflect on their limitations, it’s best to take a few factors into consideration to be sure it is the best prototype part option for you. Layered prototypes may be an exact geometric representation of your CAD model, but created by a completely different process than your production parts. This is one of the most important considerations when keeping your end goal in mind for your product launch. Here are a few other reasons why a production-quality prototype may be worth waiting for:

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Topics: rapid prototype, Plastic Prototype, Plastics Manufacturing, Molded Plastic Prototype

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

3 Reasons Why a Cheap Prototype Is A Bad Prototype

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Dec 19, 2014

It is not uncommon for manufacturers to source cost conscious prototype development options overseas or through a fast prototyping service. The challenge with these choices is that they may not provide the level of quality to ensure successful end-use production. Working closely with a design engineer that keeps manufacturing intent in mind, and with the appropriate in-house resources to make necessary alterations, will provide a faster time to market turnaround and meet production demands.

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Topics: prototype design, rapid prototype, Design Intent, Upfront Engineering

4 Reasons To Keep Design Intent In Mind When Designing A Prototype

Posted by Matt Sweeney on Oct 21, 2014

During the prototype design process, there are instances when part features can be manipulated to make manufacturing more efficient without sacrificing the intent of the designed part. Proficient designers & manufacturing partners will likely ask to see the assembly or environment the part will be used in order to better understand the application and what features are truly necessary. 

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Topics: design engineer, prototype design, rapid prototype, Design Intent